September 1986 Puddledock Press Spotlight Varney's Market


September 1986 Puddledock Press Spotlight Varney's Market


A September 1986 Puddledock Press Spotlight of  Varney's Market.

The article reads:

Varney's Market

There is a country store in town that his been here since approximately 1900. Eighty-six years ago; Ma,. Pa, Junior and Sally could have walked into this store and been greeted by friendly and soft-hearted "Mr. Owner" He would have supplied Ma with her cooking staples and Pa with his tobacco or cigar, and I Just bet Junior and Sally would have left with a smile , compliments of "Mr Owner" who had Just given
them each a candy stick.

The scene has not changed much today at Varney's Market aside from the products family members might purchase. For example, Pa probably steps in for a pack of cigarettes and a rack of beer. Ma picks up her instant potatoes & microwave veggies. Junior and Sally, their rock magazines & diet soda and chances are they might still leave with a smile, compli-ments of Mr Dick Nichols, Proprietor, who had Just given them each a fruit roll-up.

Mr. Nichols, a native of Mass, brought his wife & family to Farmington nine years ago. Looking for an Independent and quieter way of life , they bought the store and started their business  and new way of life.

Well-known to children and dogs for his soft heart and tasty treats, he is the perfect reflection of the"Mr.Owner" character. He stocks a variety of items that meet the needs of everyday life, making it convenient for residents to shop in town rather than travel to a grocery store out of town, especially for those who have no transportation.

Mr. and Mrs. Nichols  are happy residents of Farmington, who enjoy the people and simple living of a small town, which In turn  makes doing business at Varney's Market an enjoyable experience.

These photos are stored together. They are from different periods of time. Last pulled together for possible use in August 1986.

FHS-Kyle Leach


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Puddledock Press, “September 1986 Puddledock Press Spotlight Varney's Market,” Farmington Historical Society-Museum of Farmington History, accessed March 2, 2024,