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Vermonters Insist on Our Right to Dry

On a hot, muggy summer night, nothing helps you get to sleep like cool, crisp sheets that have been dried on the clothesline. Every time I lie down on our Clothesline Crisp sheets I am thankful that my children get to experience the same delight, and that their grandfather— my father, Lyman Orton — helped… more

Eliot, Cabot, Lyman, and Gardner Orton enjoying a maple creemee at Mildred's Dairy Bar in Weston, Vermont.

Vermont’s Pure Maple Creemee, It’s What Summer Tastes Like!

You may have mowed the lawn, you may have played some baseball, you may even have gone swimming. But around here, summer hasn’t started until you’ve had your first creemee. The cool treat with the odd spelling is a regional tradition, rare outside Vermont and almost unheard of outside New England. It’s similar to “soft-serve”… more

Birthday Bash

Small Town, Big Celebration!

Mark your calendars! On June 18, 2016, we’re celebrating The Vermont Country Store’s 70th anniversary–and the 80th anniversary of the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont. The fun begins at 11 AM. There will be a parade, and free cake and ice cream for all, plus kid’s activities, museum tours, scavenger hunts, live music, local food… more

Vrest Orton and customers at The Vermont Country Store

A New England Original, the Uncommon “Common Cracker”

You’ve probably heard of them, even if you’ve never had the pleasure of eating one. Vermont Common Crackers are the original “cracker barrel” crackers. Since 1828 they’ve been a staple in New England country stores, stored in a wooden barrel next to the cheese counter and sold by the scoop. Despite the name, there’s nothing… more

Which came first, the tree or the stone wall?

Vermont’s Landscape—Where People and Nature Work Together to Create Beauty

Visitors to Vermont are always impressed by how “unspoiled” it is. Well, we take good care of our little state and we appreciate the compliment, but it’s not quite accurate. Vermont isn’t unspoiled in the sense of a true wilderness. It’s a working landscape, shaped by the push-and-pull of people and natural forces. As Earth… 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

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