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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.
Read more on “Another successful harvest season!” »

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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!
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” »

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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.
Read more on “Reflections on Harvest Events, now and then…” »

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Harvest Events near you!

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Harvest EventsSince the conclusion of the 2015 wholesale ordering in September, we’ve been busy preparing for our annual Harvest Events.

Our dedicated team have been spending their days receiving and packaging this year’s bounty, all in our Armstrong warehouse.

Each fall we bring the freshest and highest-quality products direct to the consumer in various communities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Attend an event in your area and you will find a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff to assist you with your purchases, and you will be able to sample all of the products before you buy ~ taste the freshness!
Read more on “Harvest Events near you!” »

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Pistachios: Rancho product of the week

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DSC_0473GROWTH and PRODUCTION

In the early 1930s pistachio trees were planted as an experiment in the arid climate of California. A decade of research and breeding resulted in one particularly hearty variety, named Kerman. Commercial cultivation of pistachios expanded across the Central Valley of California by the 1960s. Today there are more than 100,000 acres of pistachio orchards in California, producing in excess of 300 million pounds of this distinct nut. California is the second-largest global producer of pistachios, falling just behind Iran.
Read more on “Pistachios: Rancho product of the week” »

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Crispy Rice Treats

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DSC_0172R-sqThese crispy rice treats are simple and tasty!

They can be easily customized with the optional ingredients, such as chopped nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc. or decorated for any occasion.

On the other hand, the basic recipe can just be enjoyed as is.

Are you an inexperienced baker? No worries! You will be able to tackle this recipe, no problem!
Read more on “Crispy Rice Treats” »

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Progress report

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IMG_1902-sqIt’s that time of year again: the Rancho warehouse and office are abuzz!

This year we have welcomed a few new faces into the fold and are always happy to see returning seasonal employees.

As we are finalizing September’s wholesale orders product is starting to arrive from our suppliers.

Some of our crops come from faraway lands, and it’s fascinating to watch it all come together in a flurry of activity.

This week we began packaging of the fresh harvest. All of the work to bag and seal the nuts, seeds and dried fruit in those gorgeous Rancho bags you receive is all done at the warehouse in Armstrong. As the trucks arrive, the product is divvied up into 5-lb, 2-lb and 1-lb bags to account for both wholesale orders and the upcoming Harvest Events. It’s also the starting point for the nut, trail and breakfast mixes which are all mixed by hand before being weighed and packaged.
Read more on “Progress report” »

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Raisins: Rancho product of the week

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Raisins made from a variety of grapes.

GROWTH and PRODUCTION

It takes about four tons of grapes to make one ton of raisins. One-third of the weight of every grape is water!

Some 97% of all raisins produced in California are made from the Sultana grape variety, making it the most widely planted grape for raisin production. The Sultana is a thin-skinned grape cultivated for its decreased drying time.

In some areas, Sultana raisins are synonymous with Thompson Seedless, the difference being the method with which they are dried.
Read more on “Raisins: Rancho product of the week” »

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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

Posted by & filed under article.

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” »

Tags: , , ,


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…

Posted by & filed under article.

8239341154_dee83a5a1c_o-sq

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…” »

Tag:


Harvest Events near you!

Posted by & filed under article, video.

Harvest EventsSince the conclusion of the 2015 wholesale ordering in September, we’ve been busy preparing for our annual Harvest Events.

Our dedicated team have been spending their days receiving and packaging this year’s bounty, all in our Armstrong warehouse.

Each fall we bring the freshest and highest-quality products direct to the consumer in various communities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Attend an event in your area and you will find a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff to assist you with your purchases, and you will be able to sample all of the products before you buy ~ taste the freshness!
Read more on “Harvest Events near you!” »

Tag:


Pistachios: Rancho product of the week

Posted by & filed under article.

DSC_0473GROWTH and PRODUCTION

In the early 1930s pistachio trees were planted as an experiment in the arid climate of California. A decade of research and breeding resulted in one particularly hearty variety, named Kerman. Commercial cultivation of pistachios expanded across the Central Valley of California by the 1960s. Today there are more than 100,000 acres of pistachio orchards in California, producing in excess of 300 million pounds of this distinct nut. California is the second-largest global producer of pistachios, falling just behind Iran.
Read more on “Pistachios: Rancho product of the week” »

Tag:


Crispy Rice Treats

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0172R-sqThese crispy rice treats are simple and tasty!

They can be easily customized with the optional ingredients, such as chopped nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc. or decorated for any occasion.

On the other hand, the basic recipe can just be enjoyed as is.

Are you an inexperienced baker? No worries! You will be able to tackle this recipe, no problem!
Read more on “Crispy Rice Treats” »

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Progress report

Posted by & filed under article.

IMG_1902-sqIt’s that time of year again: the Rancho warehouse and office are abuzz!

This year we have welcomed a few new faces into the fold and are always happy to see returning seasonal employees.

As we are finalizing September’s wholesale orders product is starting to arrive from our suppliers.

Some of our crops come from faraway lands, and it’s fascinating to watch it all come together in a flurry of activity.

This week we began packaging of the fresh harvest. All of the work to bag and seal the nuts, seeds and dried fruit in those gorgeous Rancho bags you receive is all done at the warehouse in Armstrong. As the trucks arrive, the product is divvied up into 5-lb, 2-lb and 1-lb bags to account for both wholesale orders and the upcoming Harvest Events. It’s also the starting point for the nut, trail and breakfast mixes which are all mixed by hand before being weighed and packaged.
Read more on “Progress report” »

Tag:


Raisins: Rancho product of the week

Posted by & filed under article.

Raisins_01

Raisins made from a variety of grapes.

GROWTH and PRODUCTION

It takes about four tons of grapes to make one ton of raisins. One-third of the weight of every grape is water!

Some 97% of all raisins produced in California are made from the Sultana grape variety, making it the most widely planted grape for raisin production. The Sultana is a thin-skinned grape cultivated for its decreased drying time.

In some areas, Sultana raisins are synonymous with Thompson Seedless, the difference being the method with which they are dried.
Read more on “Raisins: Rancho product of the week” »

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