Randy Gor­don re­ceives 2017 Pres­i­dent’s Award

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Todd Dick­er­son

Lo­cal res­i­dent Randy Gor­don has been named the re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 Pres­i­dent’s Award from the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Randy Gor­don was born and raised in Lake Shore. He served a mis­sion for The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat­ter- day Saints in the Caroli­nas, then mar­ried JoAnn Ainge of Span­ish Fork. They have five chil­dren: four sons and one daugh­ter. Gor­don was em­ployed by In­ter­moun­tain Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion for 40 years in­clud­ing time as gen­eral man­ager in Span­ish Fork. He re­tired in Jan­uary of 2015. He has farmed all of his life on his farm in Lake Shore.

In the late ‘ 90s, he was one of the orig­i­nal or­ga­niz­ers of and par­tic­i­pants in the Span­ish Fork Farm­ers Mar­ket, which was orig­i­nally held at the park

to the li­brary on Cen­ter Street. His pri­mary crop was red pota­toes. Gor­don has watched the mar­ket grow and ex­pand to be­come the best farm­ers mar­ket in the state. In the late 2000s, he sent his son and daugh­ter- in- law, Bran­don and Rachel, to the Provo farm­ers mar­ket to sell red pota­toes. They sold one bag, com­pared with the 10 bags he sold in Span­ish Fork. He de­cided to only fo­cus on Span­ish Fork’s mar­ket and never went back to Provo’s mar­ket. Gor­don’s grand­kids have al­ways been in­volved in the farm work, and they are the most overpaid farm work­ers around. Randy not only pays them in cash, but he also takes them to Barry’s or an­other Span­ish Fork din­ing spot ev­ery week for lunch.

The Gor­dons sell all va­ri­eties of squash, sweet corn, red pota­toes and pump­kins. Randy also do­nates pump­kins ev­ery year for Span­ish Fork’s Har­vest Moon Hur­rah as well as drives the truck for the hay rides. At the end of ev­ery sum­mer, the cham­ber holds its an­nual cham­ber bar­be­cue, and for many years Gor­don has vol­un­teered to cook the steaks as well as the sweet corn do­nated from his own farm. Per­haps the most telling ges­ture of a true Span­ish Fork farmer is the fact that Gor­don has an honor box on the side of the road down in Lake Shore next to his home where any passerby can get fresh pro­duce from the stand and drop their money in the box. His motto has al­ways been, “It’s not about the money,” as he swaps a bag of pro­duce for a hugs, hand­shakes or a friendly smile.

Photo cour­tesy of SFCN17

Randy Gor­don

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