harvested fiddleheads

Fiddleheads: The First and Tastiest Sign of Spring

In Vermont, we can always tell when spring is truly in the air by looking down along streams, river beds, and swampy areas. What we’re looking for are bright green spirals pushing up from the ground. These are fiddleheads, and they are the furled fronds of young ferns. Did you know all ferns have a… more

mother's day me time

What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

What do mothers really want for Mother’s Day? It’s an age-old question, but one that’s not too hard to answer if you’re willing to put in some thought and a little effort. Most moms will deflect, saying that they don’t need anything and just want to spend the day with their family. While there is… more

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

Maple Baked Beans

Town Meeting Day Maple Baked Beans

Today is Vermont’s annual Town Meeting Day, where tradition is for each town to hold a public meeting for neighbors to gather and discuss and vote on issues of importance to the community. Over the years, Town Meetings have evolved to accommodate changing lifestyles, but the purpose remains the same. The meeting can be a… more

Entryway with storage bench and coat rack

4 Easy Home Organization Hacks

Controlling Clutter & Organizing Your Home When we’re suffering from the mid-winter doldrums, the urge often strikes to clean up and clear out all of our “junk.”  Junk might qualify as boots, hats and mittens that never seem to find a home; dog toys that Fido carries from room to room; toiletries that clog up… more

Red Fleece and Wool Cape

4 Tips to Keep You Warm and Stylish

Here in Vermont, we’re no strangers to the chill of winter. With snow flying from November to March (and sometimes even April!) and temperatures that don’t climb above 30 for several months, we get plenty of practice dressing warm. For those that spend their winter days outside, warm layers, fleece lined pants, and warm, waterproof… more

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The Irish Sweater’s Story Behind the Stitch

Every Irish Wool Sweater Has Its Own Tale to Tell Once you feel the soft heft and wonderful woolen texture of a real Irish sweater, you’ll understand why they are held in high esteem. They represent the authentic spirit and pride of Ireland and the Aran Islands with beautiful artistry. Their origin reflects this storied… more