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Celebrate Dad: The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide


Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift doesn’t have to be a challenge. In this guide, we’ll cover several options so you can show your appreciation for the dads, grandfathers, and father figures who have made a positive impact in your life.

We’ll start off with a couple of money saving options that are sure to leave a lasting impression, because sometimes the simplest gestures are the most impactful. 

A handwritten letter that expresses your love and appreciation and shares some of your most cherished memories can be an excellent alternative to a store-bought gift. Likewise, a personalized photo album filled with nostalgic moments is a great gift for those sentimental dads.

If your dad enjoys relaxing at home (who doesn’t), consider gifting a pair of slippers, comfortable loungewear, or a massage gun. A stove-top espresso maker paired with some local coffee will add a special touch to his morning routine.

For the dad who loves cookouts and often finds himself behind the grill, elevate his grill-game with high-quality grill tools or a selection of unique gourmet sauces. Don’t just grab the same-old BBQ sauce, head over to the Vermont Epicurean website and select something locally crafted. And don’t forget, there are plenty of options at your local Farmer’s Markets as well!

Grab Dad a four-pack of some locally brewed craft beer or cider. There are so many amazing breweries in the Greater Burlington area and elsewhere throughout Vermont, that it’s easy to find a selection for every palate.

There are several gifts you can get if you’re looking for someone who enjoys staying fit. Think new athletic wear, running shoes, or a nice gym bag. A new fitness watch could also be just the thing he needs to make his workouts more personalized. Or how about a day of golf at one of the numerous golf courses in our area!

Finally, if you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your gift, a sleek leather wallet with RFID protection is an excellent option. Or if your father figure has a favorite watch, consider purchasing him a new band. Ensure the sizing is correct, and head online to explore a variety of strap options to customize his watch.

Let’s celebrate our Fathers and show appreciation by grabbing him a personalized, thoughtful gift to show him how much he means to you!


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    Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Vermont


    As warmer weather approaches, it's the perfect opportunity to fulfill that dream of starting your own vegetable garden! This quick guide is aimed towards beginners searching for a successful first harvest.

    The key to a thriving garden follows a phrase that's all to familiar in real estate: location, location, location. Before the first seed is planted, a plan should be laid out as to where your garden will be located. The most vital elements to a lush garden are light, soil quality, drainage, size, and ease-of-access. And don't forget to consider the local wildlife!

    Regarding light, the majority of vegetables require 6-8 hours of full sun each day to produce a bountiful crop. You'll want your garden to face west or south for best results. Large or tall plants should be located on the north side to prevent them from blocking sunlight.

    Soil quality can make or break any garden. Don't fret if your soil isn't rich and loamy, however. It is possible to improve hard, dry soil with compost, manure, and other organic material to turn the area into a great potential garden spot. A raised bed/box can help too!

    Without proper drainage, roots can become waterlogged and diseased, resulting in sparse fruit production. Low-lying areas should be avoided, while flat or slightly sloped spots should be prioritized.

    The size of your garden should be determined by the amount of vegetables you wish to grow. Drawing your garden to scale on graph paper can help you ensure there is enough space for all your plants.

    You'll want to select a space in your yard that is easy to access for both watering and harvesting. Weeding your garden is nearly as important as watering, and a garden that is out-of-reach could become bothersome to maintain.

    Finally, if you live in an area with active wildlife, a proper fence (or chicken wire) can save your garden from all those little uninvited critters.

    Once you have your garden's location settled, the next step is selecting its vegetables. Low maintenance vegetables include beets, carrots, lettuce, beans, kale, summer squash, and zucchini. Make sure you choose vegetables that you will enjoy eating! We strongly suggest doing some more research as to which vegetables you select; some plants are picky, others are not!

    Cultivating a garden can be a fun and rewarding experience! With careful planning, proper maintenance, and a little patience, you can create a beautiful garden that produces for years to come. Happy Gardening!


    Local Garden Supply Stores: 

    Guy's Farm and Yard - 21 Zephyr Rd, Williston, VT 05495
    Gardener's Supply Company - 472 Marshall Ave, Williston, VT 05495
    Claussen's Florist - 187 Main St, Colchester, VT 05446
    Full Circle Gardens - 68 Brigham Hill Rd, Essex Junction, VT 05452
    Paquette Full of Posies - 10236 Williston Rd, Williston, VT 05495
    Creative Gardens and Landscaping - 113 VT-15, Jericho, VT 05465
    Evergreen Gardens of Vermont - 15 Cabin Ln, Waterbury Center, VT 05677
    Horsford Gardens - 2111 Greenbush Rd, Charlotte, VT 05445


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      Mother's Day | A Vermont Local Gift Guide

      As Mother's Day approaches, it's time to honor the incredible women who have shaped our lives with love, guidance, and endless support. This year, let's make Mother's Day extra special by celebrating with meaningful gifts that not only show our appreciation but also support a small business. In this guide, we’re sharing some of our favorite local businesses so you can ensure your gifts have a touch of community spirit!

      Home and Garden Vermont:

      Wild Lark:

      Golden Hour:

      Ten Thousand Villages:

      Common Deer:


      Vermont Gift Barn:

      Five Corners Antiques: 11 Maple St, Essex Junction


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