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Eating your way through Vermont

Owner Chuck Gundersen (above) cuts a wedge of cheddar at Teago General Store, which is also doubles as South Pomfrey, Vt.’s post office (top left). Owner Chuck Gundersen (above) cuts a wedge of cheddar at Teago General Store, which is also doubles as South Pomfrey, Vt.’s post office (top left). (Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe staff)
By Holly Jennings
Globe Correspondent / July 18, 2012
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General stores have long been valued for their role in the community as hubs of activity, where news is shared and packages delivered, and as the places where the basic necessities of daily living can be procured. Historically they were shops that sold dry goods and groceries -- not meals.

These days, from doughnuts fried in lard to seaweed salad, the homemade fare at Vermont country stores is a big draw. “Having prepared foods is a way to stay competitive,” says Chuck Gundersen, owner of Teago General Store in South Pomfret, Vt. “Back in the early days of general stores, you had a captive audience because getting to the next town was a half-day’s journey.” Now, says the proprietor, “You learn the things that people want and try to have them.”

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