We Love 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

Gingerbread Spice Makes Everything Nice

Gingerbread Spice Makes Everything Nice

When you are longing to share warmth and comfort indoors, a batch of gingerbread can do just the trick! Inspired by Mildred Orton’s original recipe, ours takes the ginger aspect up a notch with the addition of crystallized ginger, which gives the bottom of the cake a sweet, sticky layer. The batter will seem thin… more

Serve a Plum Pudding for Christmas!

Serve a Plum Pudding for Christmas!

The plum pudding is the quintessential Christmas dessert. It’s rich, dense, intensely fruity, yet subtle and complex. And of course, it has a kick of rum or brandy. Some people say they don’t like plum pudding; they have never had a really good one. There is nothing like it. Plum puddings aren’t simple, though. They… more

Savoring Christmas Traditions

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

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 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

It’s PYO Season in Vermont

It’s PYO Season in Vermont

Summer is well underway here in Vermont. The days are hot and muggy, and the nights often rumble and boom with thunderstorms. And in the woods and by the lanes, there’s the sweet, heavy smell of ripening berries. Of course, Vermont is known for its maple syrup, but we love our berries too. We have… more

Fall in Vermont: It’s Time for Apples and Maple!

Fall in Vermont: It’s Time for Apples and Maple!

One of Our Favorite Fall Family Recipes By Eliot Orton, Proprietor When it comes to apples and maple, none compare to the bushels and gallons you’ll find here in Vermont. And when my kids and I combine them with The Vermont Country Store pancake mix (our very own), they 
turn into a breakfast treat that’s perfect… more

Introducing Our Book of Family Recipes—Generations in the Making

Introducing Our Book of Family Recipes—Generations in the Making

Recipes, History, and Lore from The Vermont Country Store  By Eliot Orton, Proprietor The Vermont Country Store Cookbook has been decades in the making! The 120 recipes included in our cookbook have their roots in five generations of the Orton and Wilcox families. Our Inspiration   Just as there is a long history of storekeepers… more