Some Great things are happening at TCS this summer! First take a look at our beautiful Flower Cart out in front of the store. (pic at bottom of post). Lots of visitors have taken advantage of the “photo op’ value. Also, we are the feature “What’s Your Local” in the Summer Edition of Edible Green Mountains publication. Below is an excerpt from the article. If you are in the area stop in and say HI!
What’s Your Local?
Our local generally is the state of Vermont—our passion is the farmers and small producers within a 20-mile radius of the store. Because of our location along Route 4 in Woodstock, we attract both locals and tourists. A typical day for us includes introducing the wonders of Vermont artisan cheeses, crackers, wines and of course maple to people from Spain, Wisconsin and New York. The “sugarbush” that supplies our syrup is five miles up the road, and the family who manages it lives a few houses away from the store. I was recently explaining to a visitor about the different grades of syrup when Reid (our sugar maker) walked in for an ice cream bar. I introduced him and he took over the conversation.
Our philosophy is “The closer, the better.” While we don’t regularly produce or create food here at the store, we do try to source products from as close as possible, and if we can’t find what we need, we sometimes just grow it ourselves. When we couldn’t find farm-fresh eggs to sell, we got chickens and sold the eggs from the free-range birds in our yard. It was also a great attraction for kids vacationing in the area who had never seen live chickens. They especially loved Soup, our all-white bird who was small and would climb into your lap. In the summer we incorporate produce from our garden and from the overflow of neighbors’ gardens.
Our local is also our community. The Taftsville Store has been the hub of the community since it was founded nearly 200 years ago. Our family (Vickie runs the store, Courtney is a teacher, and our two teenage daughters Olivia and Bella help out – especially in the summer, along with Millie the store schnauzer and Fiona our 10-month-old Lab mix rescue) lives above the store and any or all can be found working in the store or the yard, especially on weekends. Our store houses the post office and we offer a bulletin board where townspeople hang public notices and information about community events. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of community and a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike.
We serve as local historians, custodians of random packages and lost dogs, consultants on why your GPS and/or phone isn’t working. We lend fishing poles, snowshoes, towels and rafts, wine glasses, sweaters for an outdoor wedding on a chilly evening, and blenders for folks who have forgotten that most important vacation item.
Our local is making people feel like Vermont is a home away from home, through our food, our hospitality and our atmosphere.
Vickie & Courtney Brooks
The Taftsville Country Store