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Moffatt’s Christmas Tree Farm | This May Be Your Tree

5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

North of where you’re reading this, there’s a hayfield with rolling hills, and in a certain portion which... Read More »

True Stories | My Creative Neighbor

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

For many years I drove by a little hand painted sign stuck in a lawn that said, “Free... Read More »

The Beauty of Willey’s Store

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

You can have it all, if by all you mean: A nice Malbec, kitty litter, a ground rod,... Read More »

Ben’s Pumpkins | Friendly Pumpkin Wars

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Ben Nottermann has been growing his business since the ripe old age of six. Yes, the year most... Read More »

The First Frost in a Cold Pocket of Vermont

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

  “A cold pocket”—it sounds like something a snowman might have. But that’s where I live, in the... Read More »

Thea Alvin’s Stone Art | The School of Hard Rocks

Thea Alvin’s Stone Art | The School of Hard Rocks

4 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (87% score)

On Route 100 in Vermont, between Morrisville and Stowe, Thea Alvin’s unique stone arches, circles, and sculptures are... Read More »

Tales from an Old School Woodworker

6 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

  When it’s beautiful, Sunny Sweatt and his daughter, Rhoda can be found on their Craftsbury workshop porch,... Read More »

Brown’s Beautiful Blueberries | Harvesting Plan B

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

They appear the same time as the chicory blooms by the roadside: signs for Brown’s Beautiful Blueberries. They’re... Read More »

Barr Hill in Greensboro, Vermont | A Writer’s Hike, A Reader’s Eden

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

  Again, I have the long incline of the road snaking up Barr Hill to myself. Only a... Read More »

The American Milking Devon | Preserving a Historic and Rare Breed of Cattle

The American Milking Devon | Preserving a Historic and Rare Breed of Cattle

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Willow, an American Milking Devon at Manysummers Farm in Cornish, New Hampshire, has yellow honeysuckle flowers scattered across... Read More »

Yes I Know Noank, Connecticut | A Sweet Detour

6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)

If the town had been called “Connecticut Point” or “South Mystic,” I could have resisted. But it was... Read More »

Keeping Sheep | The Accidental Shepherdess

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

There were cows and calves aplenty on their dairy farm when Diane Young was a girl growing up... Read More »

The Pleasures of May

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Maybe this month is called “May” because of all the new things that are possible. “A stick, a... Read More »

Cady’s Falls Nursery | Perennial Lessons

Cady’s Falls Nursery | Perennial Lessons

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

“We were new in Vermont,” Don Avery writes in the forward to his 2014 nursery catalogue, “In the... Read More »

The Galaxy Bookshop | An Independent Book Stores Still Shines

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Real books. New books, the kind with covers that feel slightly grainy and have freshly cut pages. In... Read More »

All Aboard | Poetry Where You Least Expect It

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Starved for colors, I found myself marveling at the platinum-hued potato chip bag by the side of the... Read More »

One Final Go Round | Last Ski of the Season

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Firsts are easy: first red-winged blackbird wheeze, first hopping robin, first crocus then daffodil, first surge of emerald... Read More »

Town Meeting | A Sign of Spring

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

One hint of spring in Vermont is the unfolding of an aluminum chair. On the second Tuesday in... Read More »

Hens in Residence | Temporary Housemates

2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

As long as I’ve had livestock, no matter how cozy, how dry and warm, how peaceful the atmosphere... Read More »

The Future of Northcountry Winter | Musings on a Snowy Day

2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (92% score)

Lacking a thermometer, I gauge how cold it is by icy calligraphy on the living room windows: a... Read More »

The Old Stone House | Where Legend Wraps Itself around History

2 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (86% score)

It’s startling—you see it and think: What the heck is that? On a back road in Brownington, Vermont,... Read More »

Rural Free Delivery | A Day in the Life of a Mail Hauler

3 votes, 4.33 avg. rating (84% score)

Dairy farming and rural mail delivery actually have a lot in common: they both involve physical labor, a... Read More »

A Vermont Sleigh Ride | Dashing Through the Snow

3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)

Dashing through the snow? Check. In a one horse open sleigh? You betcha. O’re the fields we go?... Read More »

ABC Mural of Local Distinctiveness | The Gift of a Sense of Place

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

“Wow—look at all that blue sky! You didn’t put in any of our grey winter clouds,” June Pichel... Read More »

Hand-Crafting Bowls in Vermont | A Tale of Sustainability

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Dave Brown likes to make things. Along with his wife, Ann, he’s hewed most of their home’s furnishings:... Read More »

S.D. Ireland’s Truck Number 6 | A Modern Day Sleigh

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

S.D. Ireland’s truck number 6 sits in the third bay of the garage on Grove Street in South... Read More »

Barnology | Research and Reverence for New England Barns

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (89% score)

Here in Vermont, there are still more barns from the last two to three centuries than there are... Read More »



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