Since 2002, there has even been an annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival in late October, a one-day fundraising event for the local library.
But what keeps this community rallying around a much-maligned and overlooked vegetable?
The Gilfeather turnip is credited to farmer John Gilfeather from Wardsboro, Vermont.
Not really liking turnips all that much, but pleased to have an indigenous Vermont vegetable, I took it home.
After all, not many states can claim their own vegetable.
The unattractive, oblong root had a rough skin, quite unlike that of a good ‘Tokyo cross hybrid’.
This same vegetable has also been admitted to the Slow Food Ark of Taste to draw attention to the risk of extinction it faces.
A community and their turnip are out to prove that biodiversity and good taste go hand-in-hand.