Jersey milk cows

Practical Solutions for Everyday Problems #1: What to do when a cow steps on your foot

Don’t laugh. When the populations of cows and people are nearly equal, as it is in Vermont, such events are not at all uncommon. The first thing you must do is get the cow off of your foot. That’s oftentimes easier said than done because they tend to settle in for a spell when they’re… more

The Best Soaps: 5 Key Qualities

The Best Soaps: 5 Key Qualities

I’ve always loved bath soaps. Some soaps bring back childhood memories. Pale-green Irish Spring always reminds me of my father, because he used it every day, and if I were to smell it, I would recognize it. When I was five years old I liked Dial soap because of its happy yellow-orange color, until my… more

Mud Season in Vermont: What’s Not to Love About It?

Mud Season in Vermont: What’s Not to Love About It?

Our Feet Are In Winter, 
Our Heads Are In Spring By Cabot Orton, Proprietor Mud season in Vermont. Next to fiery Fall, mud season is Vermont’s most famous time of year. Famous, that is, for muddy footprints being tracked into the house, cars encrusted with salt and dirt, and sudden snow squalls. It seems like… more

Affordable Sleep Solutions

Affordable Sleep Solutions

8 Reasons You May Not Be Getting Enough Sleep and Easy, Affordable Solutions You don’t have to be a sleep expert to know that good health begins with a sound night’s sleep. We’ve all felt the unpleasant after effects of a night of tossing and turning. If sleep eludes you even though you are getting… more

Make the Most of Winter

Make the Most of Winter

In Vermont, winter often arrives early and lingers long after the calendar announces spring. Instead of resisting winter’s blustery ways, we embrace the brisk weather by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and walking in our winter wonderland. We also know how to enjoy time indoors when the weather turns us into homebodies. Those stacks of books accumulated… more

Just Say No to Retro!

Just Say No to Retro!

Eliot Orton, Proprietor, The Vermont Country Store Our grandfather Vrest Orton was a 7th generation Vermonter.  He was hard-working, practical, frugal, and determined. Before he started The Vermont Country Store in 1946, he thought long and hard about what types of products he would stock the shelves with, and more importantly, taking customers back to… more