Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street. Concord
Steve, Joan and Jen will be talking and answering questions at this event which is free and open to the public. The talk will be followed by an informal reception featuring food samples made from recipes in the book. Copies of A Farm Grows in Concord will be available for purchase.
‘We are delighted to be hosting this talk and book signing,’ says Library Director Kerry Cronin. ‘The Library is a logical venue because The Renee Garrelick Oral History Program Collection contains interviews with Amy and Floyd Verrill, Steve’s parents, as well as several with Steve.
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.