We Love Maple Season!

We Love Maple Season!

The four seasons in Vermont are admired for their fantastic beauty. Music, art and prose are have long sought to do justice to the natural wonders that bless the Green Mountain State. But there is a fifth season in Vermont that is not loved for its scenic beauty. In this space between late winter and… more

Gingerbread Spice Makes Everything Nice

Gingerbread Spice Makes Everything Nice

When you are longing to share warmth and comfort indoors, a batch of gingerbread can do just the trick! Inspired by Mildred Orton’s original recipe, ours takes the ginger aspect up a notch with the addition of crystallized ginger, which gives the bottom of the cake a sweet, sticky layer. The batter will seem thin… more

Keep Colds at Bay with Oil of Oregano

Keep Colds at Bay with Oil of Oregano

During the hectic holidays, it’s easy to get run down. When you’re focused on taking care of everything, taking care of yourself is often the last thing on your long list of things to do. It’s time to put your health ahead of other to do’s, so you can stave off the colds and illness… more

Serve a Plum Pudding for Christmas!

Serve a Plum Pudding for Christmas!

The plum pudding is the quintessential Christmas dessert. It’s rich, dense, intensely fruity, yet subtle and complex. And of course, it has a kick of rum or brandy. Some people say they don’t like plum pudding; they have never had a really good one. There is nothing like it. Plum puddings aren’t simple, though. They… more

Savoring Christmas Traditions

Savoring Christmas Traditions

Like any family, we have a host of Christmas traditions we observe year after year, and we cherish them all. But our favorite holiday traditions, and holiday memories, seem to be about our traditional Christmas foods. When we were kids, our grandmother used to make special dinner rolls just for Christmas. They took all day… more

Local Vermont Cheese: A Lost Tradition Rediscovered

Local Vermont Cheese: A Lost Tradition Rediscovered

We’ve been selling fine Vermont cheeses at the Vermont Country Store for a long, long time. In fact, one of the most important jobs we had growing up was working behind the cheese counter. We had to learn how to cut a wedge weighing exactly one pound from the big 38-pound cheese wheel, just by… more

The Best Place in Vermont is Outside!

The Best Place in Vermont is Outside!

Vermont is a fantastic place to be active, no matter your age, and no matter the season. Fall especially is one of my favorite times to get outside with my family, and hiking is a great way to do that. Even small kids can do easier hikes. When I’m out with my kids, they like… more

Cheese Samples at the Vermont Country Store

Care to Try a Slice?

If you’ve been to visit The Vermont Country Store, you know that your time with us is about more than shopping — it’s an experience that you won’t find anywhere else! As the store bell rings when you open the front door, you’re welcomed by an overflowing candy counter stocked with tempting sweets you probably… more

Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Fall is in the air, and everyone within driving distance is thinking about paying a visit to Vermont. Of course, the idea is to arrive during the elusive peak, when the foliage is at its most colorful. But in fact, the entire fall season is worthwhile, and even if you miss peak, there are hundreds… more

The Story of the Strength of the Hills

The Story of the Strength of the Hills

Well, it’s apple season, and as usual Vermonters are taking up one of their favorite subjects of debate: which apples are best for eating, for pies, for pressing into cider, and so on. (For pies, I like MacIntosh or Honeycrisp but that’s another story.) And more and more, you hear people talking about apple cider… more