mud season

Our Feet Are in Winter, Our Heads Are in Spring

Next to fiery Fall, mud season is Vermont’s most famous time of year. Famous, that is, for muddy footprints being tracked into the house, cars encrusted with salt and dirt, and sudden snow squalls. It’s Vermont’s fifth season (sixth, if you include stick season, but that’s another story). It seems odd to commemorate what seems… 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

family wearing peanuts snow fun pjs

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Family Pajamas!

Create Memories with Family Pajamas! Open a family photo album from times gone by and you’re bound to find photos of the children wearing matching Christmas pajamas. The PJs were often the first gift they could open on Christmas Eve. The kids were delighted to open a present, and Moms rationalized the indulgence as being… more

Christmas in Weston 2018

Christmas in Weston: Restore Your Spirit at Old Fashioned

More than boxes and bows… Amid the search to find the perfect holiday gifts, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. We secretly hope that each perfectly wrapped present will contain the spirit of the season. We try to capture the wonder and delight of children, the sense of community in… more

Royalton Fair by Cecil C. Bell

Understanding an Earlier Vermont Through Artists’ Works

The cover of this month’s catalog is from one of my favorite paintings, Royalton Fair, by Cecil C. Bell. Painted around 1961, it depicts a community gathering on a summer evening to enjoy the traveling carnival. A local band played in the bandstand all evening, there were games and contests, and a few enterprising souls… more

Vermont woods

Wild Spring Greens with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Preparing a salad with wild greens and herbs is a tasty way to learn about foraging in Vermont. Dandelion greens, a wild chicory, are ubiquitous; purslane grows in everyone’s gardens; and watercress can be found in local streambeds. Blend these with wild herbs such as mint, thyme, and parsley and then combine with early spring… more

gingerbread house

Home Sweet Home Gingerbread House

Assembling the materials is the best part of making a gingerbread house, and a trip to The Vermont Country Store’s candy counter makes it easy. Soon after Thanksgiving, you’ll find us in the kitchen surrounded by candy — piles of red licorice whips, chocolate nonpareils, cinnamon Red Hats, gumdrops, and peppermint drops, ready to decorate… 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