If I wanted to, I could sum up this post in three words: New Crop Nuts. Or in seven: never eat another rancid supermarket nut again.
Rancho Vignola, the company that is sponsoring this week’s giveaway, is hands-down the best company for super-fresh nuts and dried fruit, shipped directly after the harvest. And I’m not saying this because RV is sponsoring a giveaway. Regular blog readers will know that I have been a fan of Rancho for a long time, starting well before I even had a blog. Their products are simply fantastic.
Every fall of the last nine years, I have been ordering a direct shipment of new crop nuts and dried fruits from Rancho Vignola. I do this for many reasons. Because their products are fantastic. Because I love the taste of truly fresh almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, and of stellar dates and dried cherries. Because it makes me happy to fill my children’s growing bellies with the healthiest high-protein snack around. Because I love to support sustainable farming practices, local companies, and direct trade marketing.
Some of you already know all about RV and have tried their amazing products. The rest of you will get a chance to sample their products in person at one of their many Harvest Events around BC and Alberta. And for the first time ever, there will be a Harvest Event on Vancouver Island!!! I’m excited! I’ll be there, doing three cooking demos, giving out samples, and eating a ton of nuts while I am at it.
Now for the even more exciting part! For the third year in a row, Rancho Vignola is sponsoring a giveaway on my blog. One of my lucky readers will win a gift basket of Rancho products, valued at $100. The contest is posted a few weeks earlier than usual this year, to match up with the South Island Harvest Event. The winner has the option of picking up the basket during the Harvest Event on November 28 or 29, or having the basket shipped to them.
The $100 Basket Contest Rules:
To qualify for delivery, you must have a Canadian shipping address. Enter the draw in one of three ways:
(1) comment on this post
(2) post to my facebook fanpage
(3) tweet with the hashtag #RVgiveaway to @chefheidifink
Giveaway ends by midnight, Monday, November 25th, and a winner will be announced Wednesday, November 27th. That’s less than one week, folks!
(Non-winners will be very happy to note that Rancho Vignola’s December online Harvest Event is coming soon. No minimum order required! So, if this has piqued your interest, and you can’t make it to any of the Harvest Event locations, you can order some to try.)