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“I realized people can use them to make sauces, dips, salad dressings,” she says. Sanders began selling her seasoning blends, which were first called Organic Life Seasonings, at the Bangor Farmers Market in 2012. The Sanderses’ move to Schoolcraft allowed them to grow a majority of the necessary ingredients on their own land, and soon Jeannie started selling her wares at the Texas Corners and Portage farmers markets. Sandershire Seasonings now offers 12 seasoning blends. Nostimo is the top seller and also Sanders’ favorite. Other popular seasoning blends include Rustic, which she describes as a smoky, savory seasoned salt and

pepper, and Fiesta, a Tex-Mex blend inspired by the time Sanders’ family lived in Texas. “I’m in the final stages of completing a new all-purpose flavor: Fresh Coast,” she says, describing it as “bright and tangy,” blending peppercorn with summer herbs, onion, garlic, toasted sesame and kosher salt. Sanders says she is also in the beginning stages of developing a salt-free blend. She and her husband grow a garden of herbs, including basil, dill, sage and thyme, Opposite page: Jeannie Sanders cuts herbs from her garden to use in her seasonings, vinegars and teas. Below: A sampling of Sandershire Seasonings blends.

Brian Powers

One day as Sanders was pulling 12 bottles of herbs and spices from the cupboard to make her Greek chicken, a light bulb went off. “Why have all these different bottles?” Sanders remembers thinking. She grabbed a pint-sized Ball jar and mixed up her own Greek blend, which she called Nostimo (which means “delicious” in Greek). To save money, Sanders initially bought organic herbs and spices by the pound, leaving her with a lot of excess ingredients. Then people started asking for her seasoning recipes. Both of these factors propelled Sanders to start a business selling her seasoning blends.

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