The West Townshend Country Store is pleased to currently offer our Friday Night Taco Party With Local Musicians! Most Fridays, You can make your own soft flower or corn taco.
ANNOUNCING THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN!
Did you know we're in the process of developing a community kitchen at the West Townshend Country Store? That's right, all you bakers, canners and cooks out there! Want to make sure the kitchen is everything you need it to be? Take just 5 minutes (we promise) and fill out this survey to let us know what YOU need! Send it in before November 30th to have your voice heard! Thanks to everyone for all your support and enthusiasm.
Through our online farmer’s market, we are pleased to offer members of our CSA (Community Support Agriculture) local goods and products at wholesale prices. Become a members of our CSA and you can purchase local goods of your choice in single or bulk amounts at an affordable price. Support your local farmer and dine on fresh, regional produce. Visit our Harvest to Market page to view the many local, fresh items available and our current pricing!
Become a member by visiting our Harvest to Market page and registering as a member. Annual membership fee is $10 per person / $20 for a family.
Orders must be placed by Tuesday at 12pm
Weekly pick up of your order is on Fridays between 3pm and 5pm, at the West Townshend Country Store.
For assistance in registering as a member, or for any questions, please contact us!
The West Townshend Country Store’s café is the perfect place for neighbors to meet for a cup of coffee and snack on local goodies.
We offer coffee & tea, baked goods and dairy products, as well as hearty food for the colder seasons. Our local in-store goods include bread, farm fresh eggs & cheese, canned goods, maple syrup & honey, salves & tinctures, jewelry, and music & art by local artists.
In addition, we offer free wi-fi internet and access to a community computer.
Now open 7 days a week!
Sunday-Thursday 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am- 9:00 pm
Open 7 days a week!
The West Townshend Country Store's thrift store offers good quality second-hand clothes that were gently loved by their previous owners and now in need of new homes.
Our selection includes men’s & women’s, children & infants, maternity, warm winter coats & sunny bathing suits, our Sunday best and our Halloween worst. We can cover you from head to toe with our hats and shoes, and even offer some kitchen & household goods.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Our yoga class is an introduction to a basic form of yoga, including stretches, poses, light meditation and breathing exercises. Participants should wear comfortable, stretchy clothing and bring a yoga mat. (In the future, the WTCS will be happy to offer yoga mats for participants to borrow during classes.) Yoga classes are arranged by appointment. If you would like to arrange an appointment for yourself or a group, please contact us a week before the desired class.
The West River Community Project is proud to partner with the Windham Hill Community Dairy, a cooperative dairy comprised of farms in Windham County. We produce creamy raw milk that is delicious, healthy and safe. It is our hope our milk products will soon be available for sale at the West Townshend Country Store.
Take a tour of our dairy and meet our Jersey cows, Clementine and Clover. Walk the pastures where they graze on the wildflowers that give their milk a distinct, wholesome flavor. Each day we produce several gallons of raw milk, available at $4 per half gallon. Add this locally produced product to your diet for increased nutrition.
Windham Hill Community Dairy website coming soon!
Our community kitchen will be a fully-equipped commercial kitchen for cooking, baking, processing and preserving large quantities of your goods.
In additional to our kitchen, we offer the use of our traditional wood-fired oven and spacious cold storage. We welcome you to take advantage of our store, where you can purchase many staples for preserving, canning and processing goods. The community kitchen is also available as a space for cooking classes.
To arrange to use the community kitchen, please contact a month before to use the space. Be aware there is a separate rental charge for the space and for storage.
The West Townshend Country Store is eager to exhibit work by local artists. We encourage all local artists to come forward with their paintings, sculpture, glasswork, jewelry, woodcarvings, poetry and more for exhibition in our gallery space. We will proudly display your work for show or sale where locals and visitors alike can view it.
Musicians and theatrical performers are encouraged to contact us to arrange performances in our event space.
Community Artwork currently on display includes painting by Clare Adams and glass sculpture by Robert Du’Grenier.
Members of the West Townshend community built this wood-fired, earthen oven and the adjoining fire pit by hand using local resources. Upon completion in the summer of 2012, they donated it to the West Townshend Country Store.
Fire up the oven with locally-sourced wood and bake brick-oven pizza, peasant loaves, seasonal pies and more. Gather around the fire pit on brisk evenings or our picnic benches for lovely afternoons of fresh, baked goodies. We are pleased to arrange use of the oven for parties and group gatherings. A knowledgeable staff member will be on-hand to assist you in the traditional method of baking. Please contact us a week in advance of when you would like to use the oven.
We believe strongly in fresh food, environmental stewardship and community. What better way to combine our three values than with a community compost and garden?
We encourage our friends and neighbors to bring their compostable items to the enclosed composting piles in back of our store. Join us in tending our garden in the warmer months, and sharing in the bounty come autumn. The more compost and helping hands we receive, the larger our community garden, the more local food we can produce together!
Compostable materials: coffee grounds & tea bags, bread, paper products, rotting fruit and veggies, etc. Non-compostable materials: Oils, diseased or dying plant parts, milk and meat products, human or animal feces, painted/inked papers, industrial materials, etc.
We are pleased to offer our community access to a computer and the internet. The computer is available in the store during café hours. The free wi-fi is available at all times on our property.
Local and used books to go to a new home. Take a book, leave a book. Open during café and thrift store hours.
The West River Community Project was born out of the determination by the West Townshend community to preserve their local chapter of the US Postal Service. Our post office opened its doors in the mid-19th century, moving to the West Townshend Country Store in 1988, and faithfully serves as a center of the town, where neighbors cross paths and new friends are made. With the decline of the US Postal service in 2010, our community believed it was necessary to not only preserve our post office, but to also restore the building that housed it as a means of revitalizing our town center. We are proud to continue to offer postal services to our community in West Townshend and the surrounding area.
Monday - Friday: 8:00am-11am, 3:30-5:00pm
CONTACT: (802) 874-7092
The West Townshend Country Store was originally constructed in 1848 for the firm of the brothers Francis D. and Edwin Sawyer, and served as a general store until 1864. From 1866 onwards, numerous proprietors owned the country store, providing goods to West Townshend residents and travelers along what would later become Route 30.
After the collapse of the manufacturing industry in the West River area with the construction of the Townshend Dam in the mid-20th century, the West Townshend Country Store was the last commercial building in town opening its doors to local commerce. In the early 21th century, the building contained only the West Townshend post office, leaving much of the store vacant, and vulnerable to vandalism. In 2001, portions of the building were destroyed due to a fire. What seemed like the end for the once thriving West Townshend actually heralded a new dawn for local community and commerce in the area.
In 2012, The West Townshend Country Store was given in trust to the newly formed non-profit, West River Community Project. We began our renovations of the building in the summer of 2012, including moving the post office, applying a much needed fresh coat of paint, and renovating the basement to become a commercial kitchen.
Notable historical and cultural figures from the area include the political and social activist Clarina Howard Nichols, President William Howard Taft's father Alphonso Taft was born in West Townshend. Harvard professor and US ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith, artists Gandy Brodie, artist Lee Winslow Court, and musician David Shapiro.