I know it has been way too long since my last post…my life has been taken over by our new website, www.harrietsgeneral.com We found that so many of our customers might not be close enough to visit as often as they would like, so now you can even visit even at 2:00am when that late cup of coffee has kept you up.
We are working on adding new merchandise every day. As always we love suggestions for your favorite AMERICAN MADE products.
Take a peek and tell us what you think!
99 reasons to shop Harriet’s General this weekend
99 american made. 98 red wing heritage. 97 speakeasy. 96 bibb. 95 Kiel James Patrick. 94 shop locally. 93 rosebud salve. 92 early bird granola. 91 gumball poodle socks. 90 to feel good about yourself. 89 postcards. 87 handmade leather purses. 86 high cotton pocket squares. 85freedom. 84 culpeper. 83 grandmothers are the best. 82 stormy kromer. 81 thimblepress. 80 mcclures bloody mary mix. 79 jersey ketchup. 78 wiffle ball. 77 to play pinball.
Harriet, on far left at a party in Turkey
76 to support the wounded warrior project. 75 moonshine cologne. 74 the american dream. 73 bow ties. 72 library of flowers. 71 charly. 70 archival. 69 cake. 68 sydney hale. 67 seventy-5 % off SALE. 66 lucchese. 65 faribault. 64 nostalgia. 63 bunches and bunches. 62 don williams. 61 to help the us economy. 60 uncle goose. 59 uncle cecil. 58 shuron sidewinder. 57 to find out about an awesome scholarship. 56 conway twitty. 55 peg and awl. 54 paige denim. 53 a smile.
52 to support our own. 51 Acie, the ultimate salesman. 50 freakers. 49 social dept tees. 48 jacks. 47 tiddlywinks. 46 marbles. 45 gliders. 44 tops. 43 Loretta Lynn. 42 american spoon. 41 coop’s hot fudge. 40 dutch door press. 39 paddywax. 38 angelrox. 37 bills khakis. 36 lynn garlick. 35 cowboy boots on sale. 34 jeans on sale. 33 lisa b. 32 lip balm. 31 hair ties. 30 kai. 29 darntough. 28 collared greens. 27 field notes. 26 something different. 25 zkano. 24 amana. 23 wooden spoons. 22 jacob bromwell. 21 sweet anthem. 20 jewelry. 19 toejam. 18 culpeper rocks glasses. 17 laura zindel. 16 stk ceramics. 15 door prizes. 14 tea towels. 13 arrows. 12 garden tools. 11 turned bows. 10 to help us celebrate. 9 horseshoes. 8 caroline. 7 kinfolk. 6 gather’s journal. 5 paperweights. 4 to sit on the comfy leather couch. 3 hammerpress. 2 tasting party. 1 A HUGE SALE.
Harriet, always up for an evening out!
So stop by to join in the celebration to honor a wonderful woman who devoted her life to her family as well as her country.
In the 6 months of researching American made products, Brooklyn scores an A+. HG represents more that 20 lines made in Brooklyn. You can read about Brooklyn’s industry in the publication Brooklyn Makers, by Jennifer Causey- “A creative renaissance blooms in Brooklyn. At its heart is a thriving community of artisans producing a remarkable variety of handmade goods. In Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey captures the spirit of this homegrown movement by documenting thirty of the borough’s most celebrated craftsmen. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, ceramic artists, clothing designers, florists, distillers, and more. With an eye for small details, Causey’s charming photographs reveal each artisan at work in their own space. Her lively interviews reveal what inspires them, keeps them motivated, and their thoughts on the city where they live and work.”
I have never been to Brooklyn, but if given the opportunity I would hop on a train, visit my nephew Evan at Pratt and take a tour with Tom Gervasi, owner of Made in Brooklyn Tours. Yes, that’s right you can even the tour the Brooklynites and the industry being created. Thank you Brooklyn for impressing us with your maker’s movements, we applaud you!
Interesting Facts about Lincoln….
…Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. Standing close to Lincoln in the photo is his future assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
….Lincoln was the first and only president to ever obtain a patent. He was mechanically inclined and like to take things apart just to see how they worked. In 1849, he got a patent for a device to lift ships over shoals by way of a buoying mechanism. His invention, US Patent No. 6,469 never made it into practical use.
…Although Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln produced four sons, there are no living descendants today. Three of their sons died before the age of twenty. Edward died at the age of four, Willie at twelve and Tad at the age of eighteen. Robert was the only child to live to adulthood and his last known descendant died in 1985.
…Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard while serving in office.
…Lincoln only had 18 months of formal education. He loved reading and educated himself becoming first a lawyer and later president of the United States.
…Although Lincoln was a successful lawyer he was disorganized. He carried important papers in his stovepipe hat so he wouldn’t misplace them.
An icon of freedom and hope, 16th President Abraham Lincoln would have turned 204 today.
Something about Harriet not everyone knew, she LOVED Joe Montana. She referred to him as “her boy”.
The Comeback Kid, Joe Cool, The Golden Great and Golden Joe
Today while we are watching the Superbowl and enjoying spending time with the ones we love, I know that Harriet is smiling knowing that the foundation that Joe helped build has made it to the big game.
What does February mean to you?
six more weeks of winter…
Baltimore or San Francisco…which commercial is the favorite and whose wings are the best…
who’s going to get the baby…
the first day of Lent…
celebrating the one you adore on the 14th…
a time to honor one of our founding fathers…
to me February is the last snow storm, a heart shaped fruit tart that my main man brings to me on the 14th, Bibb getting excited about his birthday and soup and grilled cheese on a cold night in front of the fire…Happy February to my HG friends
Over 30 years ago our family opened a mill and began making socks in Northfield, Vermont.
Frigid winters and humid summers taught us that all socks are not created equally. Living in the most unforgiving climate in the lower 48, our socks had to be tough and of course they certainly had to keep our feet dry and warm. Whether skiing, hiking, biking, climbing or running, our Darn Tough Vermont socks kept our feet oblivious to the elements.
Our team spent over a year testing yarn combinations and designs, confident that during this process we could create something unique; a sock that we could guarantee for life. And as a 3rd generation sock guy, I can tell you that what has kept my family in the sock business, in America, is the pursuit of quality.
To date, DARN TOUGH VERMONT, is the culmination of those efforts.
It’s a brand uniquely created around a single, fine gauge needle, which means all our socks, from our Mesh running sock, to our over-the-calf Full Cushion ski sock is crafted with the same high quality raw material and high density knitting techniques that make our product unique. Its custom counts of Merino wool and an exclusive blend of Coolmax® which makes our socks incredibly strong and comfortable. And it’s all about the knitting. Three generations of knitting know-how means, well, we know how.
As the maker and marketer of Darn Tough Vermont we are unique. In an era of outsourcing and corporate take overs, we are still true to our roots. Family owned and run, in Vermont, since 1978. In a word, local. Our experience is our reputation and we back it up with our lifetime guarantee. If our All Weather Performance Socks aren’t the most comfortable and durable socks you’ve ever owned, return them for your money back.” As we like to say, “We know socks, we wear ’em year ’round.”™
Made in Vermont We live and work in Vermont. Our backyard is the perfect testing ground to make the finest Premium All Weather Performance Socks. We ski, snowboard, hike, bike and run in the most unforgiving climate in the lower 48. It is under these conditions that we design, test and manufacture our socks.
Something we should all remember…
The Catbird candles are FINALLY here. They smell and look amazing. Designed, poured and packaged in New York and made with domestically grown soy beans.
Fill your home or office with a memory of the past…Catbird brings back memories of my summers in Tennessee camping with my father.
“American Spoon Foods is a national treasure.”
“American Spoon consistently cooks up the best preserves in America.”
Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue Magazine
“American Spoon Foods is perhaps the premier producer of fine jams, fruit butters, and preserves in the country.”
National Geographic Traveler
“Paris has nothing on Michigan when it comes to jam…Concentrated, clean fruit flavors will waken a memory of summer in February.”
New England Monthly
Like most good things, American Spoon began with dreams. For Justin Rashid, it was the dream of a livelihood harvesting the bounty of the farms and woodlands of Northern Michigan. For Chef Larry Forgione, it was the dream of gathering the harvests and traditions of America’s diverse regions into a distinctively American cuisine.
Their dreams converged in 1979 when Justin began picking Michigan’s wild morel mushrooms and shipping them to New York for Larry’s menu. Soon, with Larry’s encouragement, Justin was gathering wild mushrooms, wild nuts, berries, wild greens and purveying farm-raised vegetables and game for Larry’s and other restaurants around the country.
In 1981 Larry and Justin shared a new dream: to produce the finest fruit preserves in the world from Michigan fruit. Larry developed an original recipe that would capture the essences of the fruit, Justin selected superb varieties of Northern fruits worthy of the effort, a kitchen was furnished with large copper kettles and wooden paddles, and American Spoon was born.
Their first preserves, made from Early Glow strawberries, were soft, succulent and filled with halved berries. They were described as “Spoon Preserves” because they were more suited to spooning than spreading with a knife. The name became permanent and so did the concept of putting as much fruit and honest flavor into every recipe, a concept that has inspired a continually expanding line of delicious products.
So with that said…how about some jam!