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

Old-fashioned or On-Trend? How about both!?

Are We Old-Fashioned or On-Trend?

“Can a store be both totally old-fashioned and on point for current trends at the same time?” That’s the question author Gail Ciampa asked in her recent Providence Journal article about The Vermont Country Store. It’s a question my brothers and I ask ourselves a lot. We take great joy in being able to offer… more

Vermont Country Store volunteers support strong communities

What’s Our Secret to Successful Volunteering in Vermont?

Today is National Volunteer Day, a time to shine a light on the important work that over 62 million people across the country do for others. Almost 35% of Vermonters volunteer, according to the National Corporation for Volunteering in America, which puts us sixth on the list of 50 states. In Vermont, volunteering was born… more

100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

Vermont Maple Syrup: Would Your Syrup Pass Inspection?

Last year during sugaring season, I headed up to northern Vermont to visit with Dave Marvin and his children, Emma and Ira. Dave and his family are wonderful, salt-of-the-earth Vermonters who manage a legendary “sugar bush”—that’s what we call a grove of sugar maple trees used to make maple syrup. Dave’s father, Dr. James Wallace… more

Weston store doors

Making Do: Re-use at The Vermont Country Store

We recently turned the side-entrance at our Weston store from a single to double door. We had some old doors stored away and found one that was a match – almost – to the existing single door. No, the handles and locks are not lined up, but who cares? Most of us in Vermont are… more

Autumn view from Route 11

Get Ready for Vermont Foliage Season 2015!

  Two Leaf-Peeping Trails You Shouldn’t Miss By Theresa Darling There’s a chill in the morning air and hints of orange-red on the maples. Fall is fast approaching in Vermont and foliage experts are predicting a spectacular color season! That’s because we’ve had a very wet spring and early summer. Trees LOVE those conditions! Some… 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