Vermont‘s quaint landscape and travel are what typically give our Green Mountain State some national attention, but our products are pretty buzz-worthy too! Vermont has always been industrious and innovative, which is why it was so hard to narrow down our list to just 10 items. Here are some of our best Vermont made products that we simply could not leave out.
Made in Vermont – Ten Things we Love
Guest post by Dennis Shanoff and Heather Barrett of Vermont Woods Studios
Vermont’s history of furniture making spans over 200 years. This handed-down tradition of crafting solid, functional, and lasting furniture pieces has continued into the present day, and has made Vermont the fine furniture capital of the United States. There are over 2,500 furniture makers in the state, and including the large household names like Copeland Furniture and Lyndon Furniture.
For many, Vermont is synonymous with maple syrup. Vermont is the largest producer of pure maple syrup in the United States, and Vermonters use maple syrup in just about everything we cook. We put it in our coffee, glaze our meats with it, and use it as a substitute for white sugar. You won’t find any of the fake stuff (with ingredients you can’t pronounce) in our refrigerators — we like nature’s recipe better!
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Ever head of them? This ice cream company started in Burlington, Vermont in 1978. Ben & Jerry’s is known for their quirky flavors like Chubby Hubby, Phish Food, and Americone Dream. Today you can get Ben & Jerry’s ice cream all over the world, but the ice cream factory is located in Waterbury, Vermont. Come visit the factory, and pay your respect to ice cream flavors of the past in the flavor graveyard.
With over 150 varieties to choose from, deciding on a type of cheese seems like an impossible task, but somehow we manage. Vermont is the premium cheese state with the highest number of cheese makers per capita: over 30 of them! You can find some of our cheeses in your local super market. Keep an eye out for Cabot Cheese and Grafton Village Cheese!
Darn Tough Socks
With drastic weather changes in Vermont, the importance of good socks is apparent. Darn Tough has been keeping feet happy for three generations. Their quality socks, made in Northfield, are so darn tough that if they aren’t the most comfortable and durable socks you’ve ever owned, they’ll give you your money back! Darn Tough socks are featured in Made in USA Socks: The Ultimate Source List.
Vermont Flannel Company
This family owned business has been making apparel in Vermont for over 20 years. In 2010 Vermont Flannel Company was given the Made in the USA Foundation’s Hall of Fame Award for their dedication and commitment to manufacturing in the United States.
King Arthur Flour
King Arthur Flour has been making top-quality flour for over 200 years. Not only can you find their flour, baking mixes, and other ingredients in your local super market, but you can also visit their headquarters in Norwich, Vermont. The King Arthur Flour campus is a baker’s paradise! King Arthur Flour is listed in Made in the USA for 100 Years or More: The Oldest American Made Products.
Vermont Teddy Bears
The finest handmade teddy bears are designed, cut, sewn, stuffed, and stitched in Vermont by the Vermont Teddy Bear Co. They make cuddly creatures for all occasions, and even have a Bear-Gram option where they ship a special teddy bear gift to a lucky recipient. If you find yourself in northern Vermont, visit their factory in Burlington.
Simon Pearce Glass
The Simon Pearce glassblowing, pottery, and home accent company is a great representation of the high-quality artistry of Vermont. You can observe these fine pieces being created in two Vermont locations: Quechee and Windsor.
Hubbardton Forge Lighting Fixtures
Although this name may not immediately ring a bell, you’ve probably seen their gorgeous hand-forged lighting in showrooms, magazines, and even on film (like the popular TV show Glee). A team of over 200 people hand-forge Hubbardton Forge lighting fixtures in Castleton, Vermont. Hubbardton Forge is listed in the American Made Lighting: Ultimate Source List.
Dennis and Heather work in the marketing department of Vermont Woods Studios, an online retailer showcasing Vermont made fine wood furniture.
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