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, Tis the Seasoning

Schoolcraft couple crafts seasoning blends, vinegars and teas by

LISA MACKINDER

30 | ENCORE JANUARY 2019

Brian Powers

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ost wives wouldn’t be too fond of their husbands calling them a hobbit. But 55-yearold Jeannie Sanders is not only OK with it, she says it inspired the name of her and her husband’s business: Sandershire Seasonings. Jeannie says her husband, 60-year-old Leonard Sanders, affectionately calls her a hobbit because of her 5-foot-4-inch stature (Leonard is 5-foot-11) and her love of home, hearth and earth. So, in 2014, when the couple moved to a home on seven acres in Schoolcraft, it seemed only fitting to name their business Sandershire Seasonings — paying homage to their surname (Sanders), the country setting (a shire) and Leonard’s term of endearment (because hobbits live in shires). “The name Sandershire seems now to be a poetic inevitability,” Jeannie says. “As we began to grow, harvest and forage more and more food here at Sandershire, I also began to plant and nurture as many herbs and spices as possible for ingredients in my seasoning recipes.” The couple grow most of the ingredients that they use in the seasoning blends, vinegars and teas they sell at local farmers markets. Sanders’ inspiration for the business came from Greece. “I was born in Greece and ate Greek food,” Sanders says, identifying herself as an “Army brat” who lived many places growing up. As soon as she started learning how to cook, Sanders says, she wanted to know how to make Greek meatloaf and Greek chicken. This led her down a path of exploring ethnic foods. “I realized that seasonings are one of the major things that change food flavors from region to region and country to country,” Sanders says.

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