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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!
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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.
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Our eternal gratitude

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pumpkin-pie-sqAnother wholesale ordering season has come to a close and there are too few words to express how grateful we are to each of our customers. This is our 35th year of being able to bring you the “Best of the New Crop” and we truly could not do it without such fabulous people.

Each harvest season brings its own surprises, joys and challenges, and we are blessed to have such a strong team committed to delivering fresh, high-quality products. We are also thankful for the farmers around the globe with whom we are able to work so closely.
Read more on “Our eternal gratitude” »

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Cashews: Rancho product of the week

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Cashew-Apple-sq

A cashew apple with its nut at the bottom.

Growth and Production

The cashew nut, while native to Brazil, is now commonly cultivated in 32 countries around the world.

They are very sensitive to frost, moisture and cooler climates; they can’t even tolerate California, thus they are not grown in the USA.

The traditional cashew tree can grow up to fourteen metres tall; however, a new breed of dwarf cashew tree grows only six metres tall and starts producing after one year instead of the average three years, with economic yield occurring after three and six years respectively.
Read more on “Cashews: Rancho product of the week” »

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Cashew Gravy

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cashew-gravy

We’re revisiting this long-time favourite recipe, an amazing flavour booster for so many dishes.

Gravy doesn’t have to be meat-based, and even if you do like meat-based gravy this recipe is a deliciously great variation.

This cashew gravy livens up veggies, meats, seafoods and grains.

It’s been known to be drizzled over an entire plate to have a little with everything!
Read more on “Cashew Gravy” »

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Almonds: Rancho product of the week

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Growth and Production

Approximately 80% of the world’s almond crops are harvested from the drought-stricken state of California. They are ranked as California’s top agricultural export and largest tree nut crop in both dollar value and land usage. With close to 900,000 acres of mature orchards in the Central Valley, almonds are a crop that positively affects many industries in communities throughout the state. California’s entire almond crop uses approximately 10% of the state’s agricultural water usage annually.
Read more on “Almonds: Rancho product of the week” »

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Candied Toffee Almonds

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DSC_0068B-sqFor those who don’t receive our annual newsletter, we thought you should also know about this recipe!

I love these sweet almonds, although I have made the same recipe with a number of other nuts with great success.

Almonds, like most nuts, are very nutrient-dense, specifically good for those who don’t get enough calcium in their diet.

Try this recipe for a sweet snack that still offers your body real fuel to get you though your day.
Read more on “Candied Toffee Almonds” »

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2015 wholesale season, here we come!

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DSC_0409-sqWelcome to the beginning of our 2015 wholesale season and 35th anniversary!

We’ve had a busy few weeks talking to the people who grow and produce the many delicious products we carry, we’re hearing great things about this year’s crops and we’re excited to be bringing another harvest to you.

We’re also excited to announce a few contest winners!
Read more on “2015 wholesale season, here we come!” »

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Hemp Greek Salad

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DSC_0041R-sqGreek salad has become a favourite salad of mine over the last few years, perfect in the summer and fall when fresh veggies are plentiful.

I love having a big bowl, it satisfies my hunger and cravings while being primarily a vegetable-based meal.

Because of the high vegetable content, I like to mix in some hemp seeds. I find they complement the salad really well and add some extra natural oils, protein and essential nutrients.

Keep this salad in mind for gatherings and potlucks. A large batch is easy to put together, with only some basic chopping skills needed!
Read more on “Hemp Greek Salad” »

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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” »

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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” »

Tags: , , , ,


Our eternal gratitude

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

pumpkin-pie-sqAnother wholesale ordering season has come to a close and there are too few words to express how grateful we are to each of our customers. This is our 35th year of being able to bring you the “Best of the New Crop” and we truly could not do it without such fabulous people.

Each harvest season brings its own surprises, joys and challenges, and we are blessed to have such a strong team committed to delivering fresh, high-quality products. We are also thankful for the farmers around the globe with whom we are able to work so closely.
Read more on “Our eternal gratitude” »

Tags: , ,


Cashews: Rancho product of the week

Posted by & filed under article.

Cashew-Apple-sq

A cashew apple with its nut at the bottom.

Growth and Production

The cashew nut, while native to Brazil, is now commonly cultivated in 32 countries around the world.

They are very sensitive to frost, moisture and cooler climates; they can’t even tolerate California, thus they are not grown in the USA.

The traditional cashew tree can grow up to fourteen metres tall; however, a new breed of dwarf cashew tree grows only six metres tall and starts producing after one year instead of the average three years, with economic yield occurring after three and six years respectively.
Read more on “Cashews: Rancho product of the week” »

Tag:


Cashew Gravy

Posted by & filed under recipe.

cashew-gravy

We’re revisiting this long-time favourite recipe, an amazing flavour booster for so many dishes.

Gravy doesn’t have to be meat-based, and even if you do like meat-based gravy this recipe is a deliciously great variation.

This cashew gravy livens up veggies, meats, seafoods and grains.

It’s been known to be drizzled over an entire plate to have a little with everything!
Read more on “Cashew Gravy” »

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Almonds: Rancho product of the week

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

Almonds-Resized-sq

Growth and Production

Approximately 80% of the world’s almond crops are harvested from the drought-stricken state of California. They are ranked as California’s top agricultural export and largest tree nut crop in both dollar value and land usage. With close to 900,000 acres of mature orchards in the Central Valley, almonds are a crop that positively affects many industries in communities throughout the state. California’s entire almond crop uses approximately 10% of the state’s agricultural water usage annually.
Read more on “Almonds: Rancho product of the week” »

Tags: , , , ,


Candied Toffee Almonds

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0068B-sqFor those who don’t receive our annual newsletter, we thought you should also know about this recipe!

I love these sweet almonds, although I have made the same recipe with a number of other nuts with great success.

Almonds, like most nuts, are very nutrient-dense, specifically good for those who don’t get enough calcium in their diet.

Try this recipe for a sweet snack that still offers your body real fuel to get you though your day.
Read more on “Candied Toffee Almonds” »

Tags: , , , , ,


2015 wholesale season, here we come!

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

DSC_0409-sqWelcome to the beginning of our 2015 wholesale season and 35th anniversary!

We’ve had a busy few weeks talking to the people who grow and produce the many delicious products we carry, we’re hearing great things about this year’s crops and we’re excited to be bringing another harvest to you.

We’re also excited to announce a few contest winners!
Read more on “2015 wholesale season, here we come!” »

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


Hemp Greek Salad

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0041R-sqGreek salad has become a favourite salad of mine over the last few years, perfect in the summer and fall when fresh veggies are plentiful.

I love having a big bowl, it satisfies my hunger and cravings while being primarily a vegetable-based meal.

Because of the high vegetable content, I like to mix in some hemp seeds. I find they complement the salad really well and add some extra natural oils, protein and essential nutrients.

Keep this salad in mind for gatherings and potlucks. A large batch is easy to put together, with only some basic chopping skills needed!
Read more on “Hemp Greek Salad” »

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