Early settlers arriving here most likely brought the white potato along. Many believe it first grew in the New World in New Hampshire.
There have been other attempts to make the potato official. Early efforts in Derry included a committee, The National Potato Shrine Committee, working in the 1960s to erect an official “ode to the potato” shrine in town.
A state historical marker standing in East Derry gives credit to the town for the first potato grown in North America. The bill now goes to the Senate and, if approved, will head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Staff writer John Toole contributed to this report.