Vermont Common Crackers with an Uncommon History

Vermont Common Crackers with an Uncommon History

Fans of The Vermont Country Store have enjoyed our Vermont Common Crackers for many years, but few know they have quite an uncommon history. When Common Crackers debuted in Vermont in 1828, they were the first commercially made crackers in America. They are a plain, dry, round biscuit that you split in half before topping… more

The Orton Family at The Vermont Country Store

Growing Into the Job of Storekeeper

In a family business, everyone in the family has a job. As a junior storekeeper, my first job every morning was to sweep the front porch of the store. Sweeping is a great teacher, requiring focus, patience, and attention to detail. I also labeled goods with price tags and stocked shelves. Handling the merchandise was… more

The Vermont Country Store catalog cover

Celebrating the Best of the Past…

…All While Building for the Future When you visit our store, you’ll see that we sell a lot of natural, time-tested remedies in our old-time Apothecary Department. The centerpiece of the department is pretty time-tested itself: an original, typically ornate apothecary display case from the mid-19th century. And what a magnificent thing it is! It… more

Winter Catalog from The Vermont Country Store

Come Winter… Vermonters Know How to Have Fun!

For many, winter is long and dreary. In fact, every year people pray the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow just so the season will be six weeks shorter. However, despite the groundhog, winters here in Vermont last no less than 6 months. Therefore, instead of counting down the days until spring, we embrace winter and… more

Maple Ham

Mildred’s Maple-Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard

Mildred’s Maple-Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard The Orton family would often serve ham for holiday dinners when everyone gathered, because no one cooked a ham like Mildred. She would start with a fresh ham, straight from a local farm, but we suggest you start with a gone-in smoked ham, more easily found in the supermarket.… more

Maple bonbons

Mildred’s Maple Bonbons

Made with the signature flavor of Vermont, these easy maple cream bonbons feature just a few simple ingredients – maple, cream, sugar, vanilla, and pecans. As candy making goes, this is a surprisingly easy recipe to follow. Once the mixture has been heated to temperature, and then cooled slightly, the whole family can join in… more

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

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