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Cheese Samples at the Vermont Country Store

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Every Transaction is Chance to Make a Friend

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to show and describe a product accurately, it just isn’t what you were looking for. But that’s not a loss, it’s an opportunity to do business the friendly way we want. Here’s a letter we received a while back.   We may not “get it right” every time, but we’ll… Read more »

Where It All Began…

This is the country store that inspired Vrest Orton to open The Vermont Country Store in 1946. It belonged to Vrest’s father, Gardner Lyman Orton and grandfather, Melvin Teachout. Like country stores of its time, the Teachout/Orton store served as the heart of its community, a place where folks met for a round of checkers… Read more »

What You Don’t See When Driving Through Vermont

A funny thing happens when you drive into Vermont from Massachusetts or upstate New York. The foothills are the same, the rolling fields are similar, but Vermont has something special that people can’t quite put their fingers on. Actually, part of the difference is what Vermont doesn’t have — roadside billboards. Vermont has always been… Read more »

The Most Pleasant Sound in the World

Every so often, some salesman tries to convince us to install an “electronic entry alert chime” in our store. That’s one of those little plastic devices that beeps when you step through a laser beam. We say thanks, but no thanks, we don’t need one. We have a shop bell. In its day, the brass… Read more »