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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

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Tidy

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Tidy

Looking to keep your home in tip-top shape? If you’re like us, you’re always looking for ideas to keep your home neat, tidy and comfortable and easy ways to clean up the messes that inevitably happen…every day! We checked our shelves and found five great products that made a big difference in how clean and… more

Jersey milk cows

Practical Solutions for Everyday Problems #1: What to do when a cow steps on your foot

Don’t laugh. When the populations of cows and people are nearly equal, as it is in Vermont, such events are not at all uncommon. The first thing you must do is get the cow off of your foot. That’s oftentimes easier said than done because they tend to settle in for a spell when they’re… more

mud season in vermont

Mud Season in Vermont: What’s Not to Love About It?

Our Feet Are In Winter, Our Heads Are In Spring By Cabot Orton, Proprietor Mud season in Vermont. 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 seems like… more

winter chickadee

Make the Most of Winter

In Vermont, winter often arrives early and lingers long after the calendar announces spring. Instead of resisting winter’s blustery ways, we embrace the brisk weather by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and walking in our winter wonderland. We also know how to enjoy time indoors when the weather turns us into homebodies. Those stacks of books accumulated… more

Vrest Orton

Just Say No to Retro!

Eliot Orton, Proprietor, The Vermont Country Store Our grandfather Vrest Orton was a 7th generation Vermonter.  He was hard-working, practical, frugal, and determined. Before he started The Vermont Country Store in 1946, he thought long and hard about what types of products he would stock the shelves with, and more importantly, taking customers back to… more