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
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. Check out our list of American made 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. Don't miss our list of best ice creams made in the USA by region.
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. Note: Only select bears are made in the USA. Read descriptions carefully.
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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You forgot to mention the band PHISH. They are one of the g.o.a.t.’s!!!
Oh, maple syrup and cheese are two of my very favorite foods!
A list of 10 is just too short! So many great small companies! Sock sale (includes Darn Tough) coming up the first weekend of hunting season! Long lines, great bargains. In Northfield.
I love USA made I love Vermont Teddy bears..and everything from our great country!!!
Finally one state I’ve heard and use some of the products! And this reminds me I need to pick up King Arthur flour today! I love it. And the Cabot cheese, too.
More tips from a reader named Melissa:
Other Notable Vermont Products/Candy–
Red Kite Candy (the best sea salt caramels ever!): http://www.redkitecandy.com
Sap! (Maple & Birch sparkling beverages): http://sapmaplewater.com/products-1/#products
Lake Champlain Chocolates (Europeans even rave about these chocolates!): http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com
I did not know they made ben and jerrys ice cream i love them
I agree with you i love them to
I love Vermont and i am emigrating there from the UK very soon …It’s such a beautiful part of the world…
Any place that makes Ben & Jerry’s ice cream & makes cheese is great by me, lol. Those are 2 of my favorite things.
DID YOU SAY BEN AND JERRY’S?!?! wow! I had no idea so many great things came from Vermont! And here this whole time I thought Oregon was the best state in the US I would love to visit sometime and check out the state and learn more about it. Thanks for sharing the fun facts!
Ben and Jerry has been one of my faves for YEARS!
Yea to VT-made goods! Best state in the country 🙂
My family is a big Simon Pearce family – all of our wedding gifts have included pieces. Since their place is five minutes from our family home in Vermont that is easy!
Some more favorites: Farmhouse Pottery, Grassroots Brewery (a recent discovery), and Rilleau Leather (fantastic belts).
VT’s a pretty cool state! I didn’t realize King Arthur’s products were made there. Good to know.
Who doesn’t love maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s? There is a blog called “Try Vermont First” that you may want to check out for some of the newer VT producers. There are some really great new products!
I love Try Vermont First! And I love everything on this list. You wouldn’t expect it, but Vermont has some seriously good salsa…some of which I’ve found from TVF!
I live in VT….too bad you had to limit it to just 10! I think artisanal breads should have made the list, too!
I didn't know all of these products were available in Vermont. I especially enjoy Ben & Jerry's and cheese. I'm going to look into the Vermont Teddy Bear. Thanks for sharing.
“I especially enjoy Ben & Jerry's and cheese.” haha Join the club, Pam! What's not to love about ice cream and cheese?! (I'm sure there are plenty of other Vermont-made options for the lactose-intolerant.)
We used ti have a Simon Pearce (Lenape, PA) but they closed. It was a wonderful restaurant and the glass blowing was fascinating to watch!
They are open again! It’s wonderful!