Green Mountain Goodies

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Now that Vermont success stories like Burton and Ben & Jerry's have gone intergalactic, we have to wonder if the 14th state is still fertile ground for the little guy (or gal):1. Vermont Originals winter hats Handknit in and around Morrisville since 1971, long before today's freeskiers started crocheting-or walking. vermontoriginals.com

2. Darn Tough socks Homespun at a mill in Northfield. (We pity the fools who wear sissy socks.) darntough.com

3. Rock Art Brewery's Ridge Runner Barley Wine Ale This 7.5 percent brew packs six different malts, four types of hops-and one hell of a punch. rockartbrewery.com

4. Ibex clothing Designed in Woodstock-and sewn mostly in the U.S.-Ibex makes merino wool-blended wares as tough as their namesake beast. ibexwear.com

5. Isis women's-specific ski wear Nine out of ten North-eastern liberals concur: Women have the right to wearflattering ski pants and cute puffies. isisforwomen.com

January 2005