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West Dummerston Covered Bridge
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We have set this page up so that when you click on a link it opens a new window or "tab". You can wander around the other site(s) for as long as you want and simply (close your eyes, click the heels of your ruby slippers together) close the tab and you are back here ready to go on your next adventure. If you want to, you can even say, "There's no place like Vermont" while you are clicking. :)


Home Sweet Home The Winter Of 2000/2001. Never Thought It Would Quit Snowing.Since we are not a mega company simply interested in selling you our products we thought we would give you an opportunity to learn a little bit about us, where we live and work, and meet some of our friends and colleagues. So, take a break from the hectic pace of shopping on line (and someone told you it was easier than going to the mall, ha!), meet some of the people and visit some of the places that make Vermont a nice place to live. 

This is our "much neglected" page so stop back by on occasion and see if we have made any updates. Links are added because they mean something. We are not into exchanging lots of links with folks just to make money on advertising like so many others.

The Internet is more than just a place to shop, it is an opportunity to get to know other people and places around the world. If you purchase something from us that's great. If not, that is quite all right as well. Since so many people now  shop by sitting in front of a "d... computer"  we all sacrifice the opportunity to interact with other "real people". Here inBarn Sweet Barn In An Earlier Winter Vermont such interaction is still a very important part of all of our communities so, pretend you are a tourist, and we will gladly "chat" a bit over our store counter and help you establish an itinerary.

Because this is a virtual store chat we can't really assume you know anything about the place you are visiting. However, by now almost everyone has at least heard of Vermont (USA). Vermont has gotten its fair share of national/international publicity in the last 10 years. Civil Unions"Maybe Mad Sheep", Independent Senator Jim Jeffords, former presidential hopeful Howard Dean (who was a great deal more conservative than people believed), and poor old Buster the Bunny have served to get us into the headlines on occasion. After that Bill O'Reilly got us into the news with his call for a boycott of everything Vermont because of the Judge Cashman issue. Next it was Brattleboro and its nude teens (and, eventually, tourists) running around town. A bit of lighter news, our own Springfield won the competition to host the premiere of the Simpson's movie in 2007. Congratulations Springfield. The fire storm erupted again when same sex marriage was instituted.  More recent big news and something that impacted all of us directly was Irene (and a whole lot of news teams) came to visit us. It was not a pretty picture. Oh, and almost forgot Bernie Sanders and the race for the White House in 2016



FLAG OF THE NEW REPUBLIC OF VTFor those of you who don't know, (no, we are not specifically referring to international visitors) Vermont, the tiny little BLUE State on the map, population a whopping 625,000, is in the northeast corner of the United States and the 14th State to join that unionNortheastern US map. Hey, Vermont isn't the samllest state in the union. (after we flirted with Quebec a bit) so our quarter was released in 2001. Of course we might also be the first to leave but that would make way too many people happy. Vermont is the only State in "New England" that doesn't border the  Atlantic Ocean but we did border a "Great Lake" for a short time. Congress giveth and Congress taketh away as soon as they realize what they have done. :) Want to come and visit? Well, better bring a map (you remember, that multi-folded piece of paper with lines on it) as trusting your GPS will yield interesting results. And, if you do get lost, hint, don't expect your cell phone to always work either.

Your GPS is Wrong signVermont is home to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company« , Green Mountain Coffee Roasters«,  and, of course, Ben and Jerry's Homemade«. Alas, Ben and Jerry don't own the place anymore 'cause they sold out to Unilever. Stock holder pressure strikes again. But, partially at the urging of Ben and Jerry, VT has instituted a law which would allow "benefit corporations" so that "doing good" does not have to be overshadowed by "maximizing shareholder value".
Vermont's biggest employer, believe it or not, is IBM. The largest employer in our area is a large, privately owned, grocery wholesaler who controls a lot more of the food supply for the United States then you would be comfortable knowing about. But after one wades through the top layer of well known and mega-employers, one discovers that Vermont, both economically and socially, still revolves around very small itinerant businesses like our own, agricultural enterprises, tiny little corner stores,  and a large number of people who have come up with very creative ways to make a living. 



SHELBURNE VINEYARDS
SHELBURNE VINEYARDS

VERMONT COWSAgriculture has always been very important to Vermont  but it encompasses much more than the milk cows and maple trees that most people associate with Vermont agriculture. The "family farm" as a rule has diversified a great deal as a matter of "agri-survival". Agri-Tourisim is not a new concept to Vermont farmers nor is organic (true organic) farming. Granted, you might see more cows than other types of livestock but the pastures are grazed by everything from emus to angora goats. As you wander through the fields and the forests be sure to spend a moment of your time at some of these farms.

PLUMMER'S SUGARHOUSE
PLUMMER'S SUGARHOUSE
Taylor Farm
TAYLOR FARM
Fair Winds Farm
FAIR WINDS FARM
VT FARMS ASSOCIATION
VT FARMS ASSOCIATION
Four Springs Farm
FOUR SPRINGS FARM
Northern VT Llama Company
NORTHERN VT LLAMA CO.
Snowshoe Farm
SNOWSHOE FARM
VT Icelandic Horse Farm
VT ICELANDIC HORSE FARM

 
Adams Family Farm
ADAMS FAMILY FARM

 


Vermont Sheep, honest :)Sheep are not as big a part of the landscape as they once were (1.6 million of them) but sheep, related products, and related businesses do contributeShepherd's Flock visually and economically to our little State. We feel a great attachment to all those we know whose livelihood is based upon sheep and/or their fibers and are pleased that they have accepted us into their "fold".  Sheep cheese, hand spun wool or wool blends, fresh organic lamb or even a spinnery to spin the wool from your own sheep, are all a part of the "business" of sheep. Please stop by these "locations" and say hello for us.

MAPLE RIDGE SHEEP FARM
MAPLE RIDGE SHEEP FARM
Fram at Morrison Center
FARM AT MORRISON CENTER
MOUNTIANSUN FARM
MOUNTAINSPUN FARM
VERMONT SHEPHERD
VERMONT SHEPHERD
Dayspring Farm
DAYSPRING FARM
GREEN MOUNTAIN SPINNERY
GREEN MOUNTAIN SPINNERY


FROGGY BOTTOM GUITARS
FROGGY BOTTOM GUITARS

Vermont is also home to many fine artisans, artists, writers, and musicians who, like those on the farms, just don't like the thought of  working for that grocery wholesaler, IBM, or nameless others.  For better or worse independence is preferable. Of course, none of us would be able to survive off of the income we generate locally so we have always pursued customers in other states and regions mostly by spending half our weekends "on the road". (You don't think writers spend any time "on the road". Consider all those book signings.) It was just natural for many to embrace the Internet as a new method of showing the world what we can and do produce while, at the same time, reducing our gasoline consumption.

HOUSE MOUSE DESIGNS
HOUSE MOUSE DESIGNS
TASHA TUDOR
TASHA TUDOR

ARCHER MAYOR
JOHN LONG
JOHN LONG


OLALLIE DAYLILY
OLALLIE DAYLILY

SOUTHEASTERN VERMONTShepherd's Flock « is a blend of a lot of those little pieces, many of which are noted above. We are located in the southern most part of the State in Windham County, an area that Montpelier (our seat of government) considers part of Massachusetts or, in local speak, "the Banana Republic". Looking for a good source for news in the area? Try the Commons, local reporters and solid  local news.  Townshend, the place we call home, is located in the West River Valley slightly northwest of Brattleboro.
We have a large number of friends and associates who utilize the global reach of this medium yet retain the small town spirit. The good people at Mary Meyer Toys are great folks to "talk shop" with and the Townshend Elementary School has played a part in educating both our children. Spend just a moment of your time to meet a few others in our area.

KENOLIE VILLAGE CAMPING
KENOLIE VILLAGE CAMPING
JOHN REINHART
JOHN RHINEHART
LAWRENCE'S SMOKE SHOP
LAWRENCE'S SMOKE SHOP
TOWNSHEND AUCTIONS
TOWNSHEND AUCTIONS
Big Picture Farm
BIG PICTURE FARM


Our friends and associates are more than just those who live and work in Vermont. A couple of the links below are extended family. Others are simply past customers, people whom we have gotten to know at the festivals/shows we have done, or folks we have never met in person but have been kind enough to link directly to our site because........ Well, only they really know why they linked to us. We wish to especially thank a large number of "bloggers" who have linked to us in their posts over the years. They are too numerous to mention.  Please visit the folks below and tell them we sent you. No, we don't make any money when you "click" on their site but the Internet being what it is, it is always nice to know that we little folks stick together.  

RJ LEARY
LEATHERSMITH
THE MURPHIES
THE MURPHIES
JOHN HEGE
JOHN B. HEGE KNIVES
Scarves and More
SCARVES AND MORE
Leo Sharkey Fine Woodworking
LEO SHARKEY WOODWORKING
REBECCA DRESSER
REBECCA DRESSER
     

Have a very pleasant day and a good, safe trip. Thanks for stopping in and always feel free to return.  Brattleboro is a short drive south. Turn right at the first light and then left between (underneath) the buildings to access the famous nude parking lot. There is an ordinance which now prohibits such behavior but you can tune in to iBrattleboro for the latest updates on what is happening in our neighbor to the south. Who knows what they will come up with next?



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