(Originally published on September 26, 2013)
Though I posted John’s recipe for his summer garden pesto here a few week ago, you have to take a peek at the video of John making it in his kitchen, with the help of wife Sandy, to get the full picture (see video below).
First of all, you get step-by-step instructions, which are a nice visual aid to the recipe you can print out at this link. And second, they’re just so darn cute in the kitchen together that they’re fun to watch. Warning: Whenever you see John poking that chopstick into the running blender, he is keeping the stick above the whirring blades—but better yet, do as he says (ahem) and just turn off the blender whenever you need to poke into the sauce to puncture any air pockets.
John and his wife, Sandy Gummersheimer, have been growing for the Columbia Farmers’ Market from their current farm for the past four years. The property, which they named Mighty Acorn, was purchased in 2009 on short notice. According to John, “We had been looking for property to start a long term retirement project, but when this ground became available, we decided to jump in and get an early start. I had operated a vegetable business previously from 1985 to 1992, so my background was helpful, but by no means an assurance for automatic success. What I lack in planning and organizing, Sandy makes up for in verve and intuition, so we are gradually building our customer base and production track record. In our fourth year of growing at Mighty Acorn, this is the first year we have used 100% organic inputs, even though we are not certified. We are committed to good tasting, local, healthy food and firmly believe that this is one of the few ways our customers are able to obtain optimum nutrition. One of our greatest pleasures with farming is exposing those who are unfamiliar with fresh tastes to a healthy way of eating.”
Farming and cooking are not the only things filling their busy days. Sandy works full-time as an advisor for the Master of Public Health program at the University of Missouri, and John runs a home inspection business in addition to serving on the board for the Columbia Farmers’ Market.
If you’d like to meet John and Sandy in person and buy some of their luscious produce, you can find them at the Columbia Farmers’ Market at the Mighty Acorn booth every Saturday morning.
I’ll be posting another cooking video and recipe by John over the next day or two, this one using many of the same ingredients, but with the focus on tomatoes—a tomato basil bisque with garden veggies you’ll definitely want to try, especially if you’re still looking for new ways to use all those tomatoes. So when you’re at the market this weekend be sure to stock up on tomatoes, a nice bunch of basil, a summer squash or two, an onion, and a little garlic, along with a tub of garlic/chive or herbed goat cheese (John always uses Goatsbeard cheeses). And check back soon for the video!*
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