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

Award-winning Gardening Hat offers 50+ UPF sun protection.

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

Wooden nickels and the world's best maple creemee

You Can Still Buy Plenty with a Wooden Nickel

What can you get for a wooden nickel? Not much in most places, but at The Vermont Country Store, we’ll still take them as a form of currency. Of course, not just any wooden nickel will do; just the ones we hand out from time to time that can be used in exchange for one… more

The Little Town Of Weston Remembers When…

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

Paper Bag Cow, a Great Kid's Craft

Practical Solutions For Everyday Problems: 25+ uses for brown paper lunch bags

Frugal folks like us are always looking for new uses for favorite old-time products. We asked our Facebook friends if they still used brown paper lunch bags, and WOW, they sure do! Here are some of the many ways this humble object can make your everyday life a little easier: Flour-coat chicken, stew meat, etcetera.… more

Happy Birthday to Our Favorite Store And Our Favorite Storekeeper

Happy Birthday to Our Favorite Store And Our Favorite Storekeeper

This year we celebrate two important milestones. Seventy years ago, our grandparents Vrest and Mildred produced a modest, homemade catalog, printed in the garage, assembled at the dining table, and mailed to their Christmas card list. We are now in our third generation of family ownership, serving customers in every state and throughout the world,… 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

Small Town, Big Celebration!

Small Town, Big Celebration!

Mark your calendars! On June 18, 2016, we’re celebrating The Vermont Country Store’s 70th anniversary–and the 80th anniversary of the Weston Playhouse in Weston, Vermont. The fun begins at 11 AM. There will be a parade, and free cake and ice cream for all, plus kid’s activities, museum tours, scavenger hunts, live music, local food… more

How To Get a Great Night’s Sleep

How To Get a Great Night’s Sleep

There’s nothing like a great night of sleep. To fall asleep quickly — and stay asleep all night — waking refreshed and ready for the day, is worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately for many of us, getting a full night’s sleep is something we mostly daydream about. According to Sleep in America polls, only… 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