The Country Store

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A fixture on the Common in Petersham, MA, I have fond memories of walking over for (what else) a treat of ice cream. We were visiting, on vacation, but I can also remember occasionally buying some grocery items. In addition, the store provided a meeting spot, the small town social hub for the locals.

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Built in 1840, the store was said to be the oldest continuously in operation in the US when it closed a couple of years ago. I hadn’t been back East in ages, but it was hard to imagine Petersham without The Country Store.

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Fortunately it’s open again, although a bit different from my memories. More upscale was the first thought that came to mind. Lots of local goods and farm-to-table type stuff, yay! No ice cream though, boo. They’ll have to do something about that!

Cafe

Cafe

Yum!

Yum!

The building is now owned by the East Quabbin Land Trust, a preservation society, and a local couple runs the store. It’s relatively recent that they’d reopened, the community seems very glad to have The Store again, I hope they make a go of it.

suppah. teehee.

suppah. teehee.

apparently this is a popular delicacy. not eaten raw though, a light steam or saute was the word. I didn't try them though.

apparently this is a popular delicacy. not eaten raw though, a light steam or saute was the word. I didn’t try them though.

There will be a festival to benefit the store on Saturday, July 26.

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