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Vermont Smoke and Cure
Made from scratch in Vermont

Based just outside Burlington in Hinesburg, Vermont Smoke and Cure makes some of the best (possibly the best) smoked meats! They’ve been at it for more than 50 years, smoking meats the old fashion way with only with pure ingredients (yes, including Vermont maple syrup). They really do make everything from scratch!

Think everything pigs. Vermont pigs:

Bacon – 5 knives, natural thick sliced
Hams – uncured half steaks
Peperoni – smoked, of course
Sausages – breakfast, maple, summer, hot & sweet italian

When you eat bacon, or any other pork product for that matter, ever think where it came from? Vermont Smoke and Cure only uses Vermont grown pork from farmers who treat them well – living in open pastures and eating grains and legumes. No hormones! No farrowing crates! These are happy pigs!

Just like they say on their cool website, their meats truly are full of flavor and “Damn fine!”

With the holidays around the corner,  Vermont Smoke and Cure has “7 sweet and delicious stocking stuffers”, according to Real Simple Magazine. Our favorite – the Vermontavore Box!

Buy local. Buy Vermont. Eat local.

vermont brownie company
the gourmet brownie that’s down to earth

think about it, when’s the last time you ate a brownie that was not made from a mix in a box? have you ever had a made-from-scratch brownie? if you had, you’d know. they are much better. and how about a made-from-scratch-with-local-vermont-ingredients? ever had a vermont brownie company brownie?

if not, it’s time. not only are their brownies made from local, wholesome, farm-fresh, all natural ingredients; they are original as well. check out this list of flavors:

try them on their own or with ice cream. and make sure to spread the vermont brownie company love with:

the testimonials are impressive. your mouth will be watering as you read. our favorite vermont brownie company moment in the news is their throwdown with bobby flay – it was their dark chocolate chèvre that got his attention – take a look – just awesome!

so what are you waiting for? buy a box of these homemade brownies today.

you deserve it.

zoë ink
custom letterpress + design

elegant. sophisticated. clever. beautiful. these are just a few of the words that come to mind as you look at zoë ink’s designs.

specializing in letterpress and silk-screen printing, zoë papas combines her passion for innovative design and old world techniques to create unique graphics for :

take a look at the logos and branding created by zoë ink – they’re all aesthetically pleasing and effectively communicate the feel of each company.

she’s even designed cards for that very-famous-stationery-company-that-we-know-you’ve-heard-of called crane & co. yes. it’s true take a look at these cards. maybe you recognize one or two? well, now you know they were designed by zoë ink from right here in burlington, vermont.

there’s a great selection of her cards you can buy directly from her website. 3 modern designs, queen anne’s lace and the retro trailer are just a few of our favorites.

whether you’re a startup looking for an identity, or needing a new web design, or a newly engaged couple looking for wedding invitations or just like beautiful letterpress cards, zoë ink offers a wide range of graphic design. it’s not just the high quality of the letterpress that leaves a lasting impression, it’s the designs themselves that stay with you.

our favorite quote from her site, “satisfying customers is only part of her goal. she wants them to be thrilled with their final product.

yes.

holdster usa
leather canning jar travel mugs

it’s not a typo, you read it correctly. a holdster converts your mason jars into the coolest leather-bound mug. seriously cool.

they’re made of leather, thread and copper. so simple. it’s one of those things you think should have been around forever.

take a look at their different models some with a cross-stitch and some with rivets – all handcrafted in burlington, vermont. if you want one, you’ll have to back them on kickstarter (make sure to watch their video) or wait until their kickstarter project is funded so they can make more!

they have the best mission ever:
“to help people enjoy their drinks; MORE. To offer a product that feels like it was made 100 years ago, was delivered to them by Daniel Day Lewis’ character in there will be blood, and could be their great grandchild’s keepsake 100 years from now.”

mission complete.

daily chocolate

all handmade in vergennes, vermont these daily chocolates are unique and delicious. owned by chocolatier jen roberts and her husband judd markowski, these chocolates are:

  • made in small batches
  • hand cut & dipped
  • GMO free
  • made with local & organic ingredients when possible (monument farms & cabot creamery, just to name a couple)

besides having the basic chocolate bars (dark, milk and white), daily chocolate also creates these flavor combinations:

  • black rum caramels
  • cara -mallows (that would be marshmallow, caramel & dark chocolate)
  • caramel pretzels
  • cherry wine clusters
  • coconut clusters
  • coconut lime creams
  • delightful bars (coconut, almonds, dark chocolate)
  • english toffees
  • ginger orange clusters
  • macadamia nut caramels
  • peanut butter fingers
  • pecan turtles
  • peppermint patties
  • tangerine infused dark chocolate with sliced apricot

or maybe barks are your thing – check out this impressive list – one for every mood:

  • classic almond
  • fruity
  • hazelnut cherry
  • lemon lavender
  • midnight mocha
  • moroccan
  • mountain (toffee, almonds, coconut, cherries, dark chocolate)
  • mr. great (almonds, sea salt, milk chocolate)
  • pistachio green chili
  • toffee almond
  • village (milk chocolate with toasted hazelnuts, cinnamon and espresso)

 don’t you think you should be eating your daily chocolate?

start today.

abel & lovely
I AM abel and lovely, and together, WE ARE abel and lovely

originally a shop in charlotte, vermont, abel and lovely has re-invented itself as an online shop supporting community based women’s causes. as of now they sell a wide range of items from abel & lovely soaps, t-shirts, onesies to totes, aprons and candles.

and even more interesting is their new t-shirt project  “I AM Abel & Lovely”. they are partnering with the vermont cancer center this october to support local cancer research and supportive patient care.
   
here’s how it works: you buy one of their cool abel & lovely t-shirts and show up at burlington’s waterfront boathouse on october 6th wearing your shirt and join the photo shoot! 

with a mission “to empower all women to own the truth that authentic beauty comes from within” how can you not buy one of their t-shirts?

how strong and abel and lovely are you?

douglas sweets
traditional shortbread and other scottish treats

ok, we know shortbread is scottish and we’re talking about shortbread made in vermont. this scottish shortbread is absolutely delicious and we think you won’t be buying the imported stuff anymore once you’ve tasted these sweets!

douglas sweets are made from an old family recipe with the finest vermont ingredients. they’ve got a wide variety of choices:

chocolate dipped biscuits

  • cappuccino
  • chocolate – dark, milk & white
  • coconut
  • creme dementhe
  • hot chile
  • lemon
  • orange spice
  • pistachio lavender
  • raspberry
  • vermont maple (of course)

traditional squares

  • sandwich filled chocolate dipped
  • scottish s’more
  • peanut butter
  • raspberry dark chocolate
  • raspberry white chocolate

they also give back. we love that they have created a line of scottish scones in memory of sam cohn and all profits go to sam’s foundation.

you can find douglas sweets at these stores  or better yet, order online today!

p.s. they’ll be at the burlington wine & food festival on june 23rd