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5 Reasons We Love Vermont

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” Albert Einstein There’s something comforting about Vermont’s rolling mountains huddled around you wherever you go. Ask Vermonters and they’ll tell you, leaving Vermont for flatter spaces is disconcerting. While there is beauty in sunny coastlines and wide open plains, most would tell you when… more

chicken and Easter eggs

Eggs of a Different Color

Take a drive down a Vermont country road, and you won’t get far before you come across a hand-painted sign saying “Eggs for Sale.” A lot of farmers sell fresh eggs as you’d expect, but you also see signs in front of cottages or village homes. These days, it seems everyone in Vermont keeps a… more

maple season

We Love Maple Season!

The four seasons in Vermont are admired for their fantastic beauty. Music, art and prose are have long sought to do justice to the natural wonders that bless the Green Mountain State. But there is a fifth season in Vermont that is not loved for its scenic beauty. In this space between late winter and… more

maple ham

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

gardner orton

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

fall foliage

The Best Place in Vermont is Outside!

Vermont is a fantastic place to be active, no matter your age, and no matter the season. Fall especially is one of my favorite times to get outside with my family, and hiking is a great way to do that. Even small kids can do easier hikes. When I’m out with my kids, they like… 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

Cadillac covered bridge

Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Fall is in the air, and everyone within driving distance is thinking about paying a visit to Vermont. Of course, the idea is to arrive during the elusive peak, when the foliage is at its most colorful. But in fact, the entire fall season is worthwhile, and even if you miss peak, there are hundreds… more

Cabot Orton

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

Teachout-Orton Store

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