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

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Family Pajamas!

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: Restore Your Spirit at Old Fashioned

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

apples from the orchard

Spicy Applesauce

We’re at the start of apple season in Vermont, and orchards across the state are getting ready to greet thousands of people who pick their own. You almost always pick more than you can eat, so it’s helpful to have some go-to apple recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy that everyone loves. Applesauce fits… 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

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

Weston Store

The Little Town Of Weston Remembers When…

We’re celebrating our 70th anniversary at The Vermont Country Store this year. These days, it’s remarkable for any business to have stayed around so long. But when I look out from the front porch at the store in Weston, up and down Main Street and all around the green, most of the businesses and landmarks… more