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

A Christmas Story: The Gift of Giving Back

A Christmas Story: The Gift of Giving Back

by Ann Warrell, Community Action Coordinator for The Vermont Country Store Let me introduce you to Michelle Murray, with her own words: “I would really like to be a part of The Vermont Country Store’s Volunteer Team, because when I attended the College of Saint Joseph in Rutland, The Vermont Country Store always provided Christmas… more

Family Traditions Make the Holidays Special

Family Traditions Make the Holidays Special

Christmas, more than any other time of year, is when we celebrate traditions, and so many of our favorite traditions are about food. From the old-fashioned candy that delighted Grandpa when he was a boy and buttery loaves of stollen dusted with powdered sugar, to real chocolate-covered sugarplums, and gingerbread houses frosted in “snow” and… more

Meaningful Holiday Gifts: Your Christmas Gift Guide

Meaningful Holiday Gifts: Your Christmas Gift Guide

It can be tough to find something original to give for the holidays, especially for someone who “has everything.” But believe us, everyone hopes for a truly meaningful gift. If you are puzzled about what to get someone close to you, here’s a different kind of gift guide that might help.   Give the gift… more

Eliot Orton and son

Vermont’s Christmas Tree Traditions

We know that Christmas is not far away when the mountains start wearing their little caps of snow. It’s getting closer when snow is lying over the fields and the ponds start freezing over. It’s just around the corner when carols are playing on the radio. But when is the Christmas season finally here? For… more

Christmas Dreams and Wishes: A Letter from the Orton Family

Christmas Dreams and Wishes: A Letter from the Orton Family

Here in Vermont the nights are getting frosty, and although Christmas is a ways off, you can be sure the kids are already thinking about what they want Santa to bring. Maybe it’s a new game or a special book, or a sweet treat they only get at the holidays. No matter what it is,… more