Eggs of a Different Color

Eggs of a Different Color

Take a drive down a Vermont country road, and you won’t get far before you come across a hand-painted sign saying “Eggs for Sale.” A lot of farmers sell fresh eggs as you’d expect, but you also see signs in front of cottages or village homes. These days, it seems everyone in Vermont keeps a… 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

Keep Colds at Bay with Oil of Oregano

Keep Colds at Bay with Oil of Oregano

During the hectic holidays, it’s easy to get run down. When you’re focused on taking care of everything, taking care of yourself is often the last thing on your long list of things to do. It’s time to put your health ahead of other to do’s, so you can stave off the colds and illness… more

The Best Place in Vermont is Outside!

The Best Place in Vermont is Outside!

Vermont is a fantastic place to be active, no matter your age, and no matter the season. Fall especially is one of my favorite times to get outside with my family, and hiking is a great way to do that. Even small kids can do easier hikes. When I’m out with my kids, they like… more

Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Fall is in the air, and everyone within driving distance is thinking about paying a visit to Vermont. Of course, the idea is to arrive during the elusive peak, when the foliage is at its most colorful. But in fact, the entire fall season is worthwhile, and even if you miss peak, there are hundreds… more

Vermont’s Spookiest Bridge

Vermont’s Spookiest Bridge

Come fall, when you think of Vermont, you usually picture dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows brilliantly painted across the landscape. However, there is more to our state than just breathtaking foliage. Beyond the picturesque scenery is a spooky, more mysterious side. One that’s rooted in legend and made up of hauntings and ghostly sightings. These… more

Vermonters Insist on Our Right to Dry

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

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Healing Sunshine: How to Enjoy the Sun Safely

Summer is finally here, and with it comes longer days and more sunshine!  Many of us have come to love the sun and the healing benefits it has to offer.  In recent years however, the sun has been more recognized for its damaging effects than for how it can positively affect our health.  This is… 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

vintage Father's Day

Unique Father’s Day Gifts: The Things Dad Really Wants On His Special Day

Not sure what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Don’t bother asking him what he wants. He’ll either tell you he doesn’t want anything, or he’ll suggest another power tool (and as Mom will remind you, he has never used the last expensive tool you bought him). Not to worry! We’ve made it easy to… more