Saluting local farmers, Girl Scouts and other members of the community

Sherry Farrell

Let's use this week's story to catch up on a few things together.

On Saturday, John and I headed up to the Concord Farmers Market. You know it's one of our favorite things to do.

I also heard some great news that our wonderful Historical Society and the beautiful Orchard Christian Church are working on bringing a farmer's market to Londonderry, similar to the one in Derry.

John and I always learn something we didn't know when we visit a local farmers market. Remember I was a home economics teacher, so I find all this fascinating.

We've walked by many times by never stopped by to try the homegrown garlic stand from Lindon Farm. The bulbs look perfect so this week we decided to give it a try. A $1 bulb, can you imagine?  Donald Womack from Gilmanton is also known as the Garlic Guy. He knows everything there is to know about garlic.

Before leaving, I said to Don, "What's the best way to store garlic to maintain freshness? I always keep mine in the refrigerator."

I quickly learned that is all wrong. My garlic always seem to start to sprout long green growth from the top, which I assumed means its old or spoiling. Not at all!

Keeping garlic bulbs in the refrigerator causes it to start growing again. Moisture and the cool temperature is a perfect combo for garlic.

Years ago, friends Connie and Frank Cimler of Derry, and I mean years ago, gave me a small ceramic garlic keeper as a gift. I thought it was something trendy and cute, but not necessary.

You can bet I'm hunting around our attic looking for it now! Garlic keepers even have air slots in the top to help keep your garlic fresh. They work, too.

I went through that phase of thinking the chopped or minced garlic in a jar is just as good as fresh, but it's not. The fresher the better is a great rule of thumb when cooking.

The sad thing Don shared with us is that because of COVID-19 many of the markets that farmers could count on to sell their crops are now closed. He mentioned he is talking with Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry about selling his garlic. We suggested he talk to Mr. Steer, too. What a great combo that would be. Please support our local farmers and farmers' markets.

Thinking of Sunnycrest today, they made the big time, being on WMUR-TV's "Chronicle" last week. Putting us on the map once again!

John makes it a point to visit all our local farmers each week for our fresh vegetables. We are addicted to Bonne's homemade salsa.

Bonne and Mackenzie worked together at Culinary Playground for years. Another great local place. Remember, if you are looking for educational fun classes for your kids, or you, check out the website at culinary-playground.com. Kristen Murray Chinosi was one of my students and varsity cheerleader at Londonderry High. I always knew she was going to do great things for others.

Now, on to a few more matters, people touching each other's day.

Dr. David Ellis stopped by the office with a special gift to the community. He created a map of our area with all the original families and landowners.

He had been discussing it with a few local residents and decided to make a laminated copy for himself and all of us. It will be put on display for all to see and learn from.

It is one of the reasons John and I walk through the cemeteries in our area. You can learn so much about the families and generations that led us to where we are today.

Our great communities didn't come to be on their own. Many good people, families, stuck with this area, worked the land just like our farmers are still doing, and set the stage for all of us.

Makes you wonder what future generations will say about our time here. Hopefully great things!

Thinking about future generations, before our story is published this week, I will have been the guest speaker at Girl Scout Troop 59133's bridging ceremony. This ceremony is a Girl Scout tradition that honors the girls' achievements throughout the year along with moving on to the next level.

Their leader, Liz O'Neil created a beautiful poster and even mentioned my name on it. What an honor! I hope this group of Daisies and Girl Scouts understand what a great gift they are giving their community.

Girl Scouting in the United States began in the year 1912, created by Juliette "Daisy" Low in Georgia. I bet she had no idea that today, because of her one idea of giving back, there would be nearly 4 million members across the world.

Juliette's goal was definitely to be of service to others, but it was also to encourage girls to "blaze trails and redefine what was possible for themselves and girls everywhere."

I'd say it was the start of "Girl Power." She wanted girls to know they could achieve and be anything they could dream. She also wanted them to unite and support each other as they were growing up. 

"Truly, ours is a circle of friendship, united by our ideas." How beautiful is that? They camp, hike, go on learning adventures together and learn to depend on each other and work together.

Juliette's idea became a global movement. Most importantly, Girl Scouts are known for "lending a helping hand to those in need and work to improve their corner of the world."

We also can't forget that for this to continue, other great women must be willing to volunteer and become leaders, co-leaders and other volunteers.

Can you imagine, there are also more 800,000 adult leaders involved, too? God bless all the leaders and volunteers who take time away from themselves and their families to give back to young girls in their little corner of the world.

Girls empowering girls become women empowering other women.

This week, my hat goes off to Girl Scout troops all across the globe.

Sherry Farrell is Londonderry Town Clerk and a longtime resident of New Hampshire.

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