Family, Outdoors, Shopping

The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Sophal Nhim ties down a Christmas tree for a customer at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, Mass. in December 2016. Berkshire Eagle File Photo Tips for picking the perfect tree from the National Christmas Tree Association Source: realchristmastrees.org Measure your space Be sure you know what size (height and width) you need before heading to… Continue reading The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Shopping

This store celebrates Christmas every day of the year

A glass ornament resembling a stick of butter commemorates a comical Christmas moment for the McKeever family. Photo by Anne Archer By Anne ArcherSunderland, Vt. With a smile that defines joy, Linda McKeever recalls the wintry day when her daughter, Megan, then 2 years old, was standing in the hallway of their house with an… Continue reading This store celebrates Christmas every day of the year

Food, Shopping, Travel

From hunting licenses to chocolate sardines

They have been part of the Green Mountain landscape for almost two centuries, ready to welcome a traveler in need of provisions or a local for anything from winter wear to a lug wrench. They are known as purveyors of everything from the necessary to the useless but fun, from the grassroots to the upscale.

Food, People, Shopping

From sweet to savory, chocolate confections you’ll want to keep for yourself

You can’t go wrong with chocolate. That’s what Nick Monte, chocolatier and co-owner of the Village Peddler in East Arlington, Vt., and the Village Chocolate Shoppe in Bennington, Vt., believes.

Food, Shopping

Hitting the sweet spot

Yes, sweet things from Northampton, Mass. ovens help people power up for the rigors of their days, just as they do at early-bird bakeries across UpCountry communities. To be sure, the scratch baking scene isn’t Northampton’s most-played card. But for me, when it comes to this college town’s culinary map, morning treats put the longing in longitude. And the choices are expanding.

From the Archives, Outdoors, People, Shopping

From the Archives: The Tree Champ

“When you don’t work for something like this and you get it, you feel kind of embarrassed,” Linwood B. Lesure said, reviewing the events that made him the National Outstanding Tree Farmer of 1977. That wasn’t saying he had not earned the honor, the second one ever awarded by the American Forest Institute. Last year, a Florida tree farmer received the honor, and previously recognition was bestowed only by state and region.

History, People, Shopping, UpCountry Living

Finding Tasha Tudor

The artwork of author-illustrator Tasha Tudor has inspired a passion in people who collect her work to schedule “bucket list” trips to Vermont to visit her homestead in Marlboro, Vt. “My husband thinks I am cuckoo,” said Barbara Techel, who lives in Wisconsin and recently traveled to Southern Vermont to nourish her Tasha Tudor infatuation. “I have a picture of her in every room in my house and I have all her books.”