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Spring Clearance Sale: March 1 to 15

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pistachio orchardIf you haven’t had the chance to partake in our Spring Clearance Sale before, you’re in for a treat (chocolate-covered almonds, perhaps?).

With many individually discounted products as well as volume discounts, you’re sure to snag a deal or two or more.

As a business that specializes in new crop products, we never store inventory from year to year, thus this is your chance to fill up your freezer (while getting great discounts!) as we empty our warehouse to make room for the next harvest.
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Romancing the pecan

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turtles-sqLove is in the air!

February is the month of romance, caring and showing affection and appreciation for the great people in our lives ~ whether that be in an intimate relationship, among family and friends or even your child’s favourite teacher.

Romance connects us to something larger than oneself; relationships become more than the sum of the people who make it up, the realization of a community we’ve built up around ourselves.
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Easy meal idea: One-Pan Roasted Veggies

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DSC_0221R-768x1152-sqLooking for an easy vegetable-based meal to prepare? It doesn’t get much easier than this. You can enjoy it as is or serve it with rice, quinoa or any other grain.

It’s also delicious to add on top of your pasta with some tomato sauce.

If I know I’m going to have a long day ahead of time, I will chop all the vegetables and toss them in a bowl with the spices, oil and my favourite nuts in the morning (or sometimes the night before).
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Happy Holidays!

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photo-1430132594682-16e1185b17c5-sqAs 2015 comes to a close and our anticipation of Santa’s arrival looms, we have shut down operations at the Rancho warehouse.

The whole team is off on various adventures, most in search of rest and relaxation and time spent with their families.

Heaven only knows they’ve put in a lot of hours over the last couple of months!
Read more on “Happy Holidays!” »

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Donation Day!

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IMG_1035-sqMusic, fun, food and families were the focus during Rancho Vignola’s annual Donation Day event at our Armstrong warehouse on Saturday, December 12.

Our staff, family members and friends all came together to volunteer their time to package up thousands of pounds of nuts, dried fruit and sweet treats for numerous food banks across BC and Alberta.

Many of our staff love the opportunity Donation Day provides to bring their children “to work,” so they get to see what their parents have been doing during the last few busy months.
Read more on “Donation Day!” »

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Date & Walnut Bread

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DSC_0190-R-sqThere’s been no denying it for quite a while now, it’s winter.

In my world (and maybe yours soon!), with the colder weather come delightful desserts like this one.

This bread is delicious and moist with a very thin, crispy crust that hints of caramel, thanks to the dates and our whole brown sugar.

Treat yourself, friends and family to this enticing bread ~ you won’t be disappointed!
Read more on “Date & Walnut Bread” »

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Another successful harvest season!

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It feels like only a handful of days have passed when I said to myself, “I can’t believe it’s already 2015!” Now here we are, rolling right up on 2016 and I have no idea where the past eleven months have gone. It is absolutely true what they say: the older you get, the faster the time goes. With that being said, our 35th year of doing business may have flown by, but we enjoyed every fleeting moment of it.

We reconnected with old friends and created new relationships. We attended several events, gave away many gift baskets and put on eleven successful Harvest Events in various communities throughout BC and Alberta.
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Athlete update ~ men

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Last week we caught up with the ladies and had a rundown of what their upcoming season will look like.

We haven’t forgotten the men and this week is their turn to tell us their stories!

We’ve got three men on the sponsorship roster this year:

1. Ryan Leech, an elite mountain bike enthusiast, yoga instructor and teacher;

2. Kevin Hill, a snowboard cross and former Olympian;

3. Julien Locke, a cross-country ski competitor, web designer and photographer.

We’re running the gamut!
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Athlete update ~ ladies first

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Dahria Beatty, enjoying the blue bird day on Frozen Thunder.

Dahria Beatty (#102) enjoying the blue bird day on a Frozen Thunder trail.

With the winter ski season in full swing and most of the fast-moving Rancho season under our belts, we thought it was high time we caught up with some of our sponsored athletes!

While most of us are starting to bundle up, dread the darker, colder mornings, light the fireplaces and drag out the hot chocolate, these incredible elite sports enthusiasts are just starting to come out of a summer of relative hibernation.

(Speaking of hot chocolate… this quick and easy chocolate syrup recipe will start you off on the right foot!)

When asked what their upcoming months look like in terms of training, the common thread is Frozen Thunder.
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Reflections on Harvest Events, now and then…

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From left: Cloé Bailey Vignola, Phyllis and James Penner of New Norway, Alberta, and Natalia Vignola.

As we are currently in the midst of the many Harvest Events which take place throughout BC and Alberta each November, I find myself thinking about those early days in Alberta, back when we called them Truckload Sales.

In those years, we had only two major Harvest Events, each held in large workshops on Mennonite farms in the north (New Norway) and the south (Linden).

We would arrive with all our supplies and products in a large rental truck and set up in the shop, which had been quickly cleared of farm machinery, but with all the tools and other farm implements still visible.
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Spring Clearance Sale: March 1 to 15

Posted by & filed under article.

pistachio orchardIf you haven’t had the chance to partake in our Spring Clearance Sale before, you’re in for a treat (chocolate-covered almonds, perhaps?).

With many individually discounted products as well as volume discounts, you’re sure to snag a deal or two or more.

As a business that specializes in new crop products, we never store inventory from year to year, thus this is your chance to fill up your freezer (while getting great discounts!) as we empty our warehouse to make room for the next harvest.
Read more on “Spring Clearance Sale: March 1 to 15” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Romancing the pecan

Posted by & filed under article, recipe, video.

turtles-sqLove is in the air!

February is the month of romance, caring and showing affection and appreciation for the great people in our lives ~ whether that be in an intimate relationship, among family and friends or even your child’s favourite teacher.

Romance connects us to something larger than oneself; relationships become more than the sum of the people who make it up, the realization of a community we’ve built up around ourselves.
Read more on “Romancing the pecan” »

Tags: , ,


Easy meal idea: One-Pan Roasted Veggies

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0221R-768x1152-sqLooking for an easy vegetable-based meal to prepare? It doesn’t get much easier than this. You can enjoy it as is or serve it with rice, quinoa or any other grain.

It’s also delicious to add on top of your pasta with some tomato sauce.

If I know I’m going to have a long day ahead of time, I will chop all the vegetables and toss them in a bowl with the spices, oil and my favourite nuts in the morning (or sometimes the night before).
Read more on “Easy meal idea: One-Pan Roasted Veggies” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Happy Holidays!

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

photo-1430132594682-16e1185b17c5-sqAs 2015 comes to a close and our anticipation of Santa’s arrival looms, we have shut down operations at the Rancho warehouse.

The whole team is off on various adventures, most in search of rest and relaxation and time spent with their families.

Heaven only knows they’ve put in a lot of hours over the last couple of months!
Read more on “Happy Holidays!” »

Tags: , , , ,


Donation Day!

Posted by & filed under article.

IMG_1035-sqMusic, fun, food and families were the focus during Rancho Vignola’s annual Donation Day event at our Armstrong warehouse on Saturday, December 12.

Our staff, family members and friends all came together to volunteer their time to package up thousands of pounds of nuts, dried fruit and sweet treats for numerous food banks across BC and Alberta.

Many of our staff love the opportunity Donation Day provides to bring their children “to work,” so they get to see what their parents have been doing during the last few busy months.
Read more on “Donation Day!” »

Tags: , , , ,


Date & Walnut Bread

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0190-R-sqThere’s been no denying it for quite a while now, it’s winter.

In my world (and maybe yours soon!), with the colder weather come delightful desserts like this one.

This bread is delicious and moist with a very thin, crispy crust that hints of caramel, thanks to the dates and our whole brown sugar.

Treat yourself, friends and family to this enticing bread ~ you won’t be disappointed!
Read more on “Date & Walnut Bread” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Another successful harvest season!

Posted by & filed under article.

It feels like only a handful of days have passed when I said to myself, “I can’t believe it’s already 2015!” Now here we are, rolling right up on 2016 and I have no idea where the past eleven months have gone. It is absolutely true what they say: the older you get, the faster the time goes. With that being said, our 35th year of doing business may have flown by, but we enjoyed every fleeting moment of it.

We reconnected with old friends and created new relationships. We attended several events, gave away many gift baskets and put on eleven successful Harvest Events in various communities throughout BC and Alberta.
Read more on “Another successful harvest season!” »

Tag:


Athlete update ~ men

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Ryan-Leech-sq

Last week we caught up with the ladies and had a rundown of what their upcoming season will look like.

We haven’t forgotten the men and this week is their turn to tell us their stories!

We’ve got three men on the sponsorship roster this year:

1. Ryan Leech, an elite mountain bike enthusiast, yoga instructor and teacher;

2. Kevin Hill, a snowboard cross and former Olympian;

3. Julien Locke, a cross-country ski competitor, web designer and photographer.

We’re running the gamut!
Read more on “Athlete update ~ men” »

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Athlete update ~ ladies first

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Dahria Beatty, enjoying the blue bird day on Frozen Thunder.

Dahria Beatty (#102) enjoying the blue bird day on a Frozen Thunder trail.

With the winter ski season in full swing and most of the fast-moving Rancho season under our belts, we thought it was high time we caught up with some of our sponsored athletes!

While most of us are starting to bundle up, dread the darker, colder mornings, light the fireplaces and drag out the hot chocolate, these incredible elite sports enthusiasts are just starting to come out of a summer of relative hibernation.

(Speaking of hot chocolate… this quick and easy chocolate syrup recipe will start you off on the right foot!)

When asked what their upcoming months look like in terms of training, the common thread is Frozen Thunder.
Read more on “Athlete update ~ ladies first” »

Tags: , ,


Reflections on Harvest Events, now and then…

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From left: Cloé Bailey Vignola, Phyllis and James Penner of New Norway, Alberta, and Natalia Vignola.

As we are currently in the midst of the many Harvest Events which take place throughout BC and Alberta each November, I find myself thinking about those early days in Alberta, back when we called them Truckload Sales.

In those years, we had only two major Harvest Events, each held in large workshops on Mennonite farms in the north (New Norway) and the south (Linden).

We would arrive with all our supplies and products in a large rental truck and set up in the shop, which had been quickly cleared of farm machinery, but with all the tools and other farm implements still visible.
Read more on “Reflections on Harvest Events, now and then…” »

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