The Country Store Blog

Nostalgic Candy

Everyone has a favorite candy from their childhood, what’s yours? Whatever it may be the chances are if it is still made, we have some in the “Candyland” section of our store. We search far and wide for everyone’s old-fashioned favorites, I am sure there are a few on this list that you remember. Close your eyes and see how many you can taste. Better yet come visit us and pick out your favorites.

The Jigsaw Puzzle

Is there a better way to spend a cold rainy New England fall day than around a table with family or friends working on a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle? Everyone has a different approach to puzzling, some find a piece and hold it dearly until they find it’s home, others find a spot on the puzzle to focus on and work that area, most everyone agrees that completing the border is the way to start.

White Mountain Pickles

“The easiest pickling kit in the world is a brilliant “Make-in-the-bag” concept! Using a high quality made in the USA food-grade bag and spice mixes that are ready when you are. Just add pickling cucumbers, vinegar and water and everything else is in the bag. Once you make your own, you’ll never settle for store bought again.”

Snappy old Mac n Cheese

Who doesn’t love a nice gooey, steamy bowl of real Mac n Cheese on a cool fall day? The Calef’s family recipe using our famous Rat Trap Cheddar is a simple winner every time. We have been selling this from our freezer for years and now we share the recipe with you.

Squamscot Old Fashioned Beverages

Here at Calef’s we pride ourselves in buying and selling local, that has been the foundation of our business for over 150 years. One of our favorite local suppliers is the Squamscot Old Fashioned Beverage Company, founded in Newfields, NH in 1863. It is a staple in our cooler and the best option to quench a late summer thirst.

Honey Lovers Unite

I am a honey lover. I include it in or on about anything I eat or drink. I have found that different honeys provide a new and interesting flavor component to what I consume. Thought I’d share some lessons I have learned along the way down my path of sweetness.

My First Job

Several times a year a customer will stop in and tell us of their first job at Calef’s. There are many ways that a country store can give back to the community but providing good local jobs to our younger citizens is among the most important and rewarding.

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