Big Blog Birthday Bash and Giveaway!

One year ago I launched Try Vermont First. I wanted to share Vermont products with friends, family, readers, and shoppers near and far. It’s important to know what your neighbors are making and selling. It’s important to support them.


Over the last year I have found so many products that I never knew were made in Vermont. I have worked with almost 100 companies and artists. I have given away prizes to more than 150 winners.


I’m on a roll! Over the next year I look forward to sharing more Vermont made products with YOU! I will continue to ask for your help in spreading the word about Try Vermont First. Follow this blog (see right side bar). LIKE us on Facebook and share us with your friends who would love to win great Vermont products. Follow us on Twitter. SPREAD THE WORD. Currently Try Vermont First is my hobby. It comes after work, after my two kids have gone to bed, after the family is taken care of. I appreciate your support. I love getting emails from readers letting me know how much they love Try Vermont First, and about the new Vermont products they have tried after reading about them here.

My children are a BIG reason why I blog about Vermont products. My four year old son is already starting to understand why it is important to buy locally and daily will ask me “Was this made in Vermont?”.

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Changes in the new year include the chance for companies and artists to advertise on Try Vermont First. I am also looking for a new blog host and if you would like to help with this big challenge please touch base with me. I also will no longer be announcing giveaway winners in a separate blog post. I will add the information to the original post and share the information on Facebook. I will also email winners right away.


What else is coming? Reviews for Vermont made pasta, almond butter, bbq sauce and more. And lots of giveaways!

Thanks for reading! Note that our Big Blog Birthday Bash Giveaway is ever changing! New products are being added daily. Our three winners might receive a few surprises! Our Big Blog Birthday Bash Giveaway will feature gifts from the following companies. Note that your gift may or may not be the same as the one pictured below.


Vermont Clothing Company


Teeny Tiny Spice Co.


Nutty Steph’s


Flourish Body Care


Vermont Smoke & Cure


Vermont Sundae Sauce


Woodstock Granola


Sandra Lance Pottery


Time Out For Whoopie


Col*r Theory


Basket of Smiles


Cat Illustrates


Sinful Sweets For Your Thighs Only

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Alaina’s Mosics


King Arthur Flour


Green Mountain Baked


Makayla’s Garden


Vermont Fresh Pasta


Vermont Paw


Honestly Simple Soaps


Red Kite Candy


Side Hill Farm


Two Guys in Vermont


Turtle Fur

ENTER HERE to enter this great giveaway!

Thanks again and again and again for your support!




April 10th, 2013, 9PM – This giveaway is now closed. Please visit our homepage to find our current giveaways and LIKE us on Facebook for real time updates.

The winners of this amazing giveaway are: reddart@, booooo1315@, katmoore55@. CONGRATULATIONS! Check your email.


THANK YOU to everyone who entered! We had over 850 entries and reached 1400 Facebook fans! THANK YOU to every company who donated gifts! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Stay tuned for many more giveaways!


61 thoughts on “Big Blog Birthday Bash and Giveaway!

  1. Grand isle pasta is delicious! Crafty necessities is a fave, along with Vermont Clothing Company! Happy birthday!

  2. I love learning about all the Vt. products! I have discovered so many great products through your blog! Thanks for the great work!!

  3. Just too many to name! Vermont Smoke and Cure, Woodstock Granola, Flourish Natural Bodycare, Red Kite Candy, Vermont Fresh Pasta!! Tell me if I have to pick only one! Tooooo hard.

  4. Happy birthday this is the best blog. I am sure all the Vermont entrepreneurs u have helped get their product out there r extremely grateful as r all your blog followers. Congrats!

  5. Congrats on your first year, Honi! I would say the VT Soap giveaway was something I had my fingers crossed for! 🙂

  6. I love your blog!! I was “made” to start following it as part of my job and now I follow it for fun!!! 🙂 Thank you for keeping us informed on so many wonderful VT products!! 🙂

  7. I haven’t won any of the giveaways, but they’ve all looked amazing. I especially like the food related ones – granola, jam, etc.

  8. Wish I had won maple syrup! I’m running low and won’t be able to get back home to vt until the end of April!! I refuse to buy anything but local vt syrup!!!

  9. Great job Honi! I love watching your blog grow and reading about all the great products. I have been thrilled to be a winner, especially of the Mangi’s bread! That tee shirt at the top is pretty awesome! And I have to say I really wanted that Turtle Fur hat! 🙂 Will continue to spread the love!

  10. Well, I’m biased because I won, but I sure did love the chocolate sauce giveaway!! And Vermont Vanilla is still a favorite in this house.

  11. This is my first time visiting your site. look forward to the BBQ sauce review! Have you seen the YOLO! Snacks popcorn from St. George yet? It’s delicious and some flavors are gluten free and/or GMO free. I look forward to reading more!

  12. I really wanted to win the turtle fur because I loove everything they make! That was a great giveaway however EVERYTHING on this blog includes a great giveaway. I was so fortunate to be the winner of a couple GREAT Vermont made products. Happy Birthday Try Vermont First!

  13. My favorite giveaway was the VT peanut butter because I was a winner that time! The giveaway I was most hoping to win was Wee Woolies!

    • So much goodness, it’s hard to choose a favorite! I did win some soup and went and bought the wood floor cleaner after your post 🙂 Anything handmade pretty much wins my heart!
      And I have seen the soup at hunger mtn coop in Montpelier 🙂

  14. I’d love to know where to get the soup from the 2 guys… where do you buy it? I’m looking forward to seeing all the lovely products my fellow Vermonters are creating!

  15. I came to your site because of the Alainas Mosaics giveaway. I am so glad I did. You are providing a great service by showcasing Vermont products many of which I did not know were made here. Thanks so much!!

  16. Happy Birthday! I have to say i’m partial to all giveways that are sweet related, my sweet tooth never ends! It’s great to learn about new ways to support our own community and we have some super talented residents!

  17. What a great service you do for Vermont made producers! I think I tend to prefer the hand-crafted goods a bit better than the hand-baked ones, so one of my favorites was the Thirteen Colonies Wood Products giveaway, even though I wasn’t the lucky winner! Keep up the good work! I LOVE Vermont!!

  18. I came to the site after the Honestly Simple Soaps giveaway and I’ve been super impressed with the variety of Vermont products showcased as a whole! I fell in love while going to college in Northfield and have been dying to get back ever since. I adore Heather’s soaps so I think that initial giveaway that drew me in has been my favorite so far! Keep up the great work!

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