Family, Food, Shopping, Travel

Pick-your-own fun still is possible

Dwight Miller Orchards, East Dummerston, Vt. Brattleboro Reformer File Photo What to know before you go … Before heading out to a local orchard or farm for an afternoon packed with “pick-your-own” fun, there are a few things you should know. COVID-19 has changed how pick-your-own farms and orchards are operating. You might need to… Continue reading Pick-your-own fun still is possible

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Apple orchards prepare for an unprecedented pick-your-own season

Overcome COVID-19 cabin fever at your local apple orchard Ashley Howe picks Cortland apples at Terry's Orchard in Bennington, Vt. Bennington Banner File Photo By Bob Audette Across Southern Vermont orchard managers are preparing for an unprecedented pick-your-own apple season. "Consumers are looking for local food and they also are looking for fun experiences," said… Continue reading Apple orchards prepare for an unprecedented pick-your-own season

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: 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


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

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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.

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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.