Connecticut Presbyterian minister, writer and investor C.R. Wiley is a thought leader in the area of old style rural conservatism. While reading his other great stuff on the website The Imaginative Conservative, I saw a great piece of his about his favorite New England brands.
A recommendation for a brand is even better when it comes from the local Presbyterian parson. I appreciated it because you very rarely see brands defined by state. Yet location is an important part of brand identity. Wiley writes:
Vermont is my favorite state. If you are a Wal-Mart conservative, you would hate it. (Wal-Mart and other big-box stores are largely illegal up there.) But if you are a family farm conservative, or a high quality craftsmanship conservative—it is paradise. Like Texas it was briefly an independent republic; and like Texas it has an active secessionist movement.
He lists some favorites in a piece gifts that conserve New England. The piece was written for Christmas, but you can buy the stuff anytime. Here are some Vermont brands:
- Mossberg Shotgun
- The William Gray Shirt Company
- Navy Peacoat from Sterlingwear Apparel
- Kenyon Johnny Cake Mix
- Dave’s Coffee Syrup
- Darn Tough socks from Vermont
- Cabot Creamery
- Anything from Vermont Country Store
- Johnson Woolen Mills, where nothing they make will be “seen on the Weather Channel.”