Mildred Orton picnics

Summer Picnics with Mildred

Our grandmother was a genuine picnic enthusiast. For summer drives along unpaved roads, she would often plan to stop by a field for lunch. Out came the plaid blanket and wicker basket. For lunch: chicken sandwiches with lettuce and butter on home-baked wheat bread, a slab of Vermont cheddar cheese, Common Crackers, pickled fiddleheads, oatmeal… 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

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

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

Every Transaction is Chance to Make a Friend

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… more

Where It All Began…

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… more

The Story Behind Our Famous Kissing Bridge

The Story Behind Our Famous Kissing Bridge

As fall foliage season draws near, you may want to plan a visit to some of Vermont’s most beloved landmarks: our famous covered bridges. Other states have covered bridges too, but we have greater density and greater variety than anywhere else, and every one is a treasure. Not only do they have a range of… more

The Bryant House Among Top-Rated Mom & Pop Restaurants in Vermont

The Bryant House Among Top-Rated Mom & Pop Restaurants in Vermont

Vermont has fewer people in the whole state than most big cities, but locals know they don’t have to travel to find good food in our neck of the woods.  Our own Bryant House Restaurant, located right next to The Vermont Country Store in Weston, is no longer a well-kept secret now that it’s made… more

What You Don’t See When Driving Through Vermont

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… more

The Most Pleasant Sound in the World

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… more