April 22, 2017

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GORP World is Getting a New Look!

I just LOVE the concept of things coming full circle... even in the tiny ways. We just had this happen for us here at GORP!

At the very beginning of my branding and marketing journey/nightmare? (kidding. . .sort of!) I found out how intensely personal, complicated and SENSITIVE it gets when you try to impart your verbal vision to another human being and then expect them to use their magical creative gifts to create the graphic illustration of your vision! It’s TOUGH. It’s a recipe for hurt feelings, miscommunication and disappointment can run wild in the streets, not to mention the hefty price tag that comes from hours of emotionally charged communication and the process of brand creation. Over the years I have learned MANY hard lessons in this arena. I’ve learned how to become a better communicator, I’ve also learned that even though I’m not a branding or marketing expert, my dream/vision counts, and I don’t need to always lay down my ideals or bend to the “expert advice”. I’ve also learned that the experts are there for some VERY valid reasons. . .and your job is to build the rickety swinging bridge over the vast gap between your ideal brand image and reality.

Anyways! Back to full circle! At the very beginning I was told my flying tractor brand concept was immature and that nobody would relate to it. I finally had to go to a tattoo artist to get my very first flying tractor sketch. . .he was the only one who would listen. I stuck to my guns after that. .. and fought for my flying tractor. . .it’s changed and morphed over the years. .. but the Flying Tractor Philosophy is a compass for our Core Values. (see this website link for the full explanation!) I am thrilled and tickled by the irony of the fact that an INSANELY talented tattoo artist has once again come to my aid. He had the patience to sit with me for over 2 hours in a coffee shop downtown Winnipeg (Thanks Thom Bargen Coffee) and he listened to me rant and rave about my GORP World vision. I wanted him to take our GORP WORLD logo and make it come to life. . .to explode it into an inspiring encapsulation of our vision to champion mindful adventure and cultivate dignity in every interaction we have with other humans along the way. Talk about a tall order! And boy did this guy deliver! I’ve never had anyone listen to me like he did. . .and I’m SO humbled and wildly excited about what he created for us. Thanks Brian Krahn (@artofbrian) for artfully creating the platform for our brand, and for listening. Thank you for listening. Our team here at GORP can’t wait to explode our new “branding clothes” all over the place! Full circle.

@artofbrian gorp world

~Colleen

April 02, 2017

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GORP Partners with GoodLife Fitness

Are you a GoodLife Member? Did you know that you can get (the best) online deal on GORP Bars using your Member Rewards discount code? 20% off GORP bars when you use your GoodLife promo code.

We partnered with GoodLife Fitness because we know that you are working your butt off to live a healthy life, why not have a great tasting, all natural protein bar to fill those tired muscles after a workout?!

As they say, Being a GoodLife Member comes with benefits both in and out of the gym. Login to your member rewards page to grab your GORP discount!

https://www.goodlifefitness.com/rewards

#SuccessHappensHere

March 30, 2017

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GORP Bars are in Explore Magazine's Live the Adventure Gear Boxes!

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Finally, a club that sends you outdoor adventure gear and increases adventure in your life the moment your first box arrives - regardless your skill level - GUARANTEED!!

The best Canadian adventure magazine, Explore Magazine has created this awesome subscription box, called Live to Adventure - full of much needed adventure goodies! Watch the unveiling of the Spring Box Here:

https://www.facebook.com/exploremag/videos/10158503793495473/

And guess who is a part of this spring box?? GORP Bars!! Your perfect adventure food! Why are we perfect adventure food, you ask? We think these bars are great for natural, long lasting energy; non-bloating protein keeps you satisfied, but still able to continue on that hike without stomach upset; AND our bars are re-sealable! You can take a few bites, and put it back in your backpack or pocket without it gathering lint (or whatever else is in the bottom of your backpack!)

I know you want to subscribe - and you'll also get amazing newsletters, full of places to hike, gear to use and more! We will be making an appearance in the newsletters and perhaps offering a sweet deal - maybe you should sign up now!

http://explore-mag.com/ltaclub

Need GORP in your life? Stock up HERE

March 01, 2017

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Fun at the Oscars with GORP Bar!

Colleen Dyck with Beverley Mitchell (Photos by: GORP)

It may have caused a few grey hairs last week, but the Founder of GORP says their trip to Los Angeles was a success.

Colleen Dyck is Owner/Founder of the Niverville company which makes energy bars. She says they took part in a Celebrity Luxury Gifting Suite at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown 2017 02 dyck2L.A. The event was held on Saturday, one day before the Oscars.

But Dyck says the whole trip was nearly a complete embarrassment. About ten days before the event, she shipped down a pallet with all of their gift boxes intended for celebrities. But the pallet never made it to California, in fact, it never made it across the border. Dyck says it got held up in Vancouver and she has not seen it since.

That meant a second shipment needed to be put together and off it went with UPS. This time it made it to Louisiana before it was stalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Eventually, it was let go and before boarding their plane for California, the Dycks were told their bars should arrive at the hotel Saturday at 9 am, the exact time the event was scheduled to start.

Dyck says they flew into Fresno but unfortunately their bags missed the flight. Those bags had everything they needed for their booth, including2017 02 dyck3 the booth itself, banners and supplies. But, five hours later, everything arrived and they headed south towards Los Angeles.

By the time Colleen and husband Grant awoke the next morning, their bars were still nowhere to be found and as nine o'clock drew closer it sounded less and less likely that they would get there in time. Dyck says celebrities were already starting to line up outside the doors when her husband decided to make one last effort. He managed to make his way into the hotel shipping area where he spoke with a former UPS employee. After a quick phone call to the truck driver delivering their parcel, the bars arrived at the event just as the doors opened to celebrities.

Dyck says the days leading up to Saturday were an adventure, but the event itself was better than expected.



2017 02 dyck4"There was a really good buzz, there was about fifty vendors set up in two of the ballrooms," she says. "There was lots of press and kind of an excitement in the air as the celebrities were filing through."

GORP was there together with Peter Fehr of Gourmet Inspirations, another Manitoba company. Their booths were decked out with Canadian flags, which Dyck says was a real attraction to any Canadian celebrity. Dyck says the celebrities that were there could hit whichever booths they wanted. Just before they would visit, a handler would show a picture of which celebrity was coming, and provide a brief bio of any television shows they have starred in.

"It was super fun, everyone was really down to earth," says Dyck. "I didn't know what to expect and we had some great conversations and got to meet some really fun people."

Celebrities who came to their booth included Actor Kevin Sorbo of Hercules, Beverley Mitchell who acted in 7th Heaven, Actress Keiko 2017 02 dyck5Agena who played Lane in Gilmore Girls and Kacy Catanzaro or Mighty Kacy from American Ninja Warrior. She says it was neat to have Catanzaro drop in because of the obvious connection between her profession and energy bars.

"We definitely met some really fun celebrities and it was kind of an affirmation too that there is definitely room for our product in the States," says Dyck. "They seem to be really excited about it and really appreciated the taste and the hard work we put into it and the packaging."

By the time the dust had settled, the owner of GORP had dozens of pictures of celebrities endorsing her product. She says at first she wasn't sure if it would be worth it but says she is happy with how it ended and notes she would definitely do this again.

And, Dyck says they are already seeing early dividends. She notes their website has seen way more traffic in recent days and online sales have spiked.

Written by Shannon Dueck of Steinbach Online - See article here

February 22, 2017

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GORP's Going to the Academy Awards!!

Our latest Press Release! Can you believe it?!

colleen dyck gorp bar

Local GORP Bars & Gourmet Inspirations from the “Heart of Manitoba” are headed to the Oscars!

The Great GORP Project’s Colleen Dyck, the creator of GORP Clean Energy Bar is traveling to the Academy Awards with fellow Manitoban, Chef Peter Fehr of Gourmet Inspirations, to present their products to over 150 celebrities at the Oscars!

GORP Clean Energy Bar’s Colleen Dyck and Chef Peter Fehr from Gourmet Inspirations are flying down to Los Angeles this weekend. They will be presenting their Manitoba Made products in the Celebrity Luxury Gifting Suite at the Academy Awards!

Over 150 celebrities who are attending the Academy Awards will arrive at the Luxury Gifting Suite on Saturday to taste Colleen and Peter’s unique energy bars and gourmet sauces.  There will be opportunities for photos and possible collaborations!

“Our hope is to gain some exposure in the United States, as we’ve recently launched sales there… and maybe get a photo with Ryan Gosling” says the 2016 ‘Mompreneur of the Year’, Colleen.

GORP Clean Energy Bar is an all natural energy bar made on the family farm on the Canadian Prairies. They are packed full of local super-star ingredients and contain no artificial sugars or preservatives. Each batch is rolled out by hand by the GORP team, and uses an exceptional high quality plant based protein. Colleen created the bars because she needed convenient and healthy fuel for her athletic training that should could also share with her family. Some noteworthy GORP customers include Manitoba’s own Winnipeg Jets, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Olympic athlete Raphael Gagne!

Gourmet Inspirations was established in 2013 with the purpose and goal of creating gourmet, specialty food products that are versatile, convenient, and easy to use. Gourmet Inspirations currently offers a line of delectable 5-star sauces for use at home. Flavours include Creamy Peppercorn Whiskey, Sweet & Spicy Lemon, Strawberry Balsamic with Basil, and Salted Caramel Whiskey Dessert Sauce. All products are Canadian made and contain NO nasty preservatives.

“I’m honoured to be a part of showcasing amazing local Canadian products at the Academy Awards!” says Peter.

 

For more information or for an interview with Colleen Dyck, contact:

The Great GORP Project

1-855-328-4677

jen@gorpworld.com

 

For more information or for an interview with Chef Peter Fehr, contact:

Gourmet Inspirations

1.204.293.5113

info@gourmetinspirations.com

 

The Luxury Gifting Suite is presented by Celebrity Connected. Celebrity Connected is the premiere service for creating a bridge between your business and the stars.

https://www.celebrityconnected.net/

 

About Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc.

Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc. (www.TheMompreneur.com) is the trusted national network that supports, educates, and empowers moms in business across Canada. With close to 20 satellite locations in Canada supporting over 17,000 women entrepreneurs, the company also includes Mompreneur® Magazine and Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada (non-profit) under its umbrella of properties.  www.themompreneur.com

 

September 21, 2016

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Grow Hope - how GORP helps give back to those who need us

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You've often heard us say here at GORP that our bars are made on the family farm. . . and indeed they are! Today we want to tell you about a pretty cool project we have going down on the farm side of things! This is the second year Artel Farms Ltd. is partnering with the Mennonite Central Committee - MCC and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in a project called Grow Hope!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! We grow the crop, harvest it and sell it as we normally would. The value we give the crop is the highest amount we received for that crop on our farm. We call that giving of our “first fruits”. We donate the total amount we receive from the sale of the crop to MCC’s account at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, where it is eligible for up to 4:1 matching by the Canadian government! Which we think it pretty amazing!

Last year we were able to donate $108,000 to MCC for food relief and agricultural development projects. After a 4 to 1 match from the Canadian Government that value grew to over $540,000! We’d like to invite you to partner with us (haven't you always wanted to be a farmer anyways??!!) by sponsoring an acre or more of our production on the farm! Did I mention farmers have more fun?;)

For more details and to donate click the link below! And PLEASE share the link! This is an amazing opportunity to not only make your donation literally go the extra mile!

https://donate.mcccanada.ca/cause/grow-hope-manitoba

Hello September. Let's ship things for FREE.

Welcome to September, where the air is crisp, clothes are cozy and nature makes some pretty beautiful scenery. (and GORP has free shipping)

Now that we've made you think of all the nice, calm things about fall, it's time to remind you that it's BUSY SEASON! Back to school, back to work, back to extra curricular activities, back to the gym (if you took summer off... it's ok, you're not alone :)) 

We are excited to bring you our Hello September 'campaign' as we call it. This includes a handful of emails from us, helping you ease into the short fall season and the long winter. Some topics include wasteless lunches, bring-to-work or school lunch recipes, tips on keeping organized, (perhaps I will share my Spotify playlist for concentration in a busy office), and a bunch of our favourite products and companies! 

If you want to be in on the action, sign up for our newsletter HERE!

Lastly - for the month of September, everything on our website will be shipped for FREE! You have enough on your plate, let us give you a break this month by making it easier to get convenient and healthy food to your door!! GORP bars, SWAG - all Free shipping for the month of September. Just use the code GORPTEMBER at checkout!

We look forward to getting organized with you!

Adventure on!! 

Want to keep in touch more often? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

September 01, 2016

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The Zucchini Project - Recipe 5 - Healthy Bruschetta Zucchini

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Yayyy! More zucchini! Let's just jump right into this tasty (and healthier option) of Bruschetta! (Colleen ate the whole pan... oops!)

Healthy Bruschetta Zucchini

Ingredients:

1 medium sized zucchini
1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes (the kind in a jar - find them on well.ca)
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp purple curry (or any curry)
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
Pinch of sea-salt
4 tbsp olive oil
handful of cherry tomatoes
Grated jalapeno Monterrey jack cheese (1 tsp per round)

Preheat broiler to 400F

First we need to make the paste to put on top of the zucchini:

Put the sun dried tomatoes, garlic cloves, curry, Parmesan, olive oil and sea salt into the mortar and grind it up into a nice paste (I'm sure a food processor would work too if you want to get fancy with it ;)) 

zucchini bruschetta

Next, slice up your zucchini into slices and lay them on a pan you'd use for broiling. 

zucchini

Spread the bruschetta paste on each of the zucchini slices - don't be shy, use up that paste!

bruschetta zucchini

Next, add a slice or two of cherry tomoto and top with a teensy bit of grated jalapeno Monterrey Jack cheese. Bake at 400F for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and bubbles.

bruschetta zucchini

It's a great (and easy) appetizer! Enjoy and let us know how you like them!

zucchini bruschetta

Stay tuned for more!

August 26, 2016

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The Zucchini Project - Recipe 4 - One Pot Zucchini Rice

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We are making our way through the pails and pails of zucchinis. Finally starting to make a dent. Hey did you know some of the health benefits of Zucchinis?

Health benefits of zucchini (courgette)

  • Zucchini is one of the very low calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.

  • Zucchinis have anti-oxidant value (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity- ORAC) of 180 Trolex Equivalents (TE) per 100g, the value which is far below to some of the berries, and vegetables. Nonetheless, the pods are one of the common vegetables included in weight reduction and cholesterol control programs by the dieticians.

  • Furthermore, zucchinis, especially golden skin varieties, are rich in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such ascarotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the body that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

Great, that makes me feel good about all the cheese I'm about to put into this next recipe ;)

Recipe of the day

One Pot Zucchini Rice

Some nutrient rich comfort food, if you ask me - even my kids ate it!

Ingredients

1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter (or coconut oil would be nice)
1 cup basmati rice (or rice of your choice)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 medium zucchini, shredded with cheese grater
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (our fave is Bothwell Cheese!)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt

1. If you are prepared and have grated your zucchini already - props to you! If you are like me, and wait until the last minute to cook - join me while I grate a medium sized Zucchini...

grate zucchini

2. Next dice up that onion. Throw them in a sauce pan (something deep enough to put all the ingredients in) Then on medium/high heat, sauté onions and minced garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.

garlic onions

3. Add in rice (uncooked), stirring continuously until slightly toasted.

4. Pour in veggie broth and bring to a boil. Cover, and turn down heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

simmer rice

5. Stir in shredded zucchini, cheeses, 2 tbsp butter and salt. Stir until well combined and cheese is melted.

one pot zucchini rice

 And it's ready to go! It's definitely a filling dish, so I paired it with some fresh cucumbers - but can be a great side dish for many meals!

rice and cucumbers

Enjoy! 

August 24, 2016

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The Zucchini Project - Recipe 2 & 3 - Grilled Zucchini and Zalad

GORP Zucchini Project

Grilled Zucchini Day 1 = Awesome Zalad Day 2!

This is a recipe that hits 2 zucchinis with one stone. . .so to speak!

On Day 1 you grill these zuccs on the BBQ (recipe below) and on Day 2 you use the leftovers to make this Saweet Zalad. . .that’s zucchini speak for one sweet salad;)

Grilled Zucchini

Cut 2 medium Zucchinis or one gigantatron Zucchini into rounds about ¼ inch thick.

In a separate bowl mix the following:

¼ cup olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 tablespoon of oregano

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with a bit of shaved rind if you are feeling it!

Salt and pepper to taste

Throw on the grill on medium heat and proceed to brush mixture onto the rounds. Flip after about 4 minutes and apply mixture to other side. Flip once more at the end and do a second coating along with some shaved parmesan cheese if you are the cheesy type! Let the cheese melt for about a minute and remove from the grill!

zucchini on grill

I find each BBQ different so keep an eye on these guys. . .it should only take 10 minutes or so. You want them to be firm but cooked!

zucchini

 

Day 2 Saweet Zalad

 2 cups of chopped grilled zucchini

¼ cup feta cheese (if extra spills in, we won’t tell ;)

2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered

¼ cup chopped onion

1/3 cup of fresh garden beans chopped into 1 inch pieces

¼ cup sunflower seeds

1 avocado chopped

Fresh chopped basil

Combine above ingredients and sprinkle with your fave balsamic vinegar and olive oil!

Ta-daaa!

zalad salad

zucchini salad