The long and colorful history of the Gilfeather turnip

 

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John Gilfeather. Photo provided.

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Writer-historian Anita Rafael unveils the long and colorful history of the Gilfeather turnip, a humble tuber that traces its early 20th century origins to the hardscrabble Wardsboro hillside farm of John Gilfeather. This event takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Neighborhood Connections.

Learn about the Gilfeather’s family genealogy; how the Gilfeather turnip became our state vegetable; tips on how to grow and cook Gilfeather turnips, complete with recipes; and get the latest information about this October’s Gilfeather Turnip Festival.

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Gilfeather turnip. Photo provided.

Anita Rafael lives and works in Wardsboro. Her feature articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers throughout southern Vermont. Since 2006, she has been a volunteer with the Friends of the Wardsboro Library, the nonprofit group that runs the annual turnip festival as a fundraiser.

This program is offered at no charge, but please call 802-824-4343 to register. Neighborhood Connections is a nonprofit social services agency located in Londonderry’s Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.

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