Coinciding with Verrill Farm’s centennial celebration, owners Steve and Joan Verrill and Jennifer Verrill Faddoul are publishing a cookbook of 80 favorite Verrill Farm kitchen recipes blended with family, farm and Concord history. ‘Writing this cookbook fulfills our long-standing plan to share the recipes people have asked for,’ says Jennifer adding, ‘Publishing it this year memorializes the farm’s 100 year past as we look toward the future!’
Join Steve, Joan and Jen at the farmstand to celebrate the publication of A Farm Grows in Concord and the centennial of Verrill Farm. At the party, Steve promises to stand at the wood stove stirring up farm lore and his Famous Beef Stew made from a recipe in the book using farm-raised beef and vegetables. A taste will confirm why this is Steve’s culinary claim to fame! There will be other edibles made from recipes in the book, birthday cake, activities and live music. A Farm Grows in Concord will be available in mid November, at the party and at the stand exclusively until mid December when selected local stores will stock it. This is the perfect holiday gift for cookbook lovers, locals & visitors who want to take home a taste of Concord!
About the Book
A Farm Grows in Concord began as a recorded oral history of a family, a farm and a town. There were so many stories to tell that it quickly grew into a book. The result is a 176-page, 100 year history of three generations of farmers including reflections on growth, adversity and success. Photographs accompany the history and the 80 favorite recipes from the Verrill Farm kitchen.
The story starts with Amy and Floyd Verrill and a herd of 30 cows; the farm is now all produce with a farmstand sitting among acres of crops and a modern kitchen producing an extensive and sought after selection of prepared food and baked goods. Recipes for many are featured in the book.
In the end, however, the most significant and least visible legacy of the Verrills will be the preservation of the farmland through an Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program. Their 200 acres of land can only be used for farming, even if it changes hands. The Verrills gave up the opportunity to sell their land but they protected the life, and the land, that they know and love. A Farm Grows in Concord is their story.
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