Sat09202014

Business & Real Estate

LAH resident wild about spice business

Los Altos Hills resident Jane Evans recently decided to spice up her life by starting an at-home business.

The benefits go beyond making money. As a full-time caregiver for her husband, Henry, physically immobile due to a stroke, Evans became a representative for Wildtree Spices because she loves the healthful nature of the products and the company’s home-sales component allows her to hold parties and have fun.

“My husband is loving it,” she said. “I throw a tasting party and we see people we haven’t seen in years.”

Evans said she joined primarily because she appreciated the approach of Wildtree founder Leslie Montie of Rhode Island, who started the business in 1996 as a mother concerned about her children’s allergic reactions to conventional spices. The founding mission was to provide natural, nutritious, delicious and easy-to-prepare products.

“I was really touched by that story,” said Evans, who added that she has tried and enjoyed most of the 60-plus products offered, all certified organic and fat free.

She has hosted 40 tastings since starting the business in November. She has learned to tie items such as fresh rosemary, grapeseed oil and celery salt to a variety of healthful meals that prove easy to make.

Evans said Wildtree spices enhance meals that can be put on the table in 20 minutes or used in slow-cook items like spaghetti sauce. She also has conducted “freezer meal” workshops to demonstrate how to prepare meals in advance.

Although some home-based, direct-sales businesses don’t have the greatest reputations, Evans, a self-described skeptic, said she is completely sold on Wildtree.

“Wildtree has online training as well as help in all levels if you ever need to speak to a live person,” she said. “The support is amazing.”

Evans said the upfront costs are approximately $100 plus shipping, for a total of roughly $115.

“That’s the cost of a grocery bill,” she said. “If you find the business is not working, you can literally eat your starter kit since it’s all food products. … What I love the most is that it’s your own business. You can spend very little time on it or make it a career.”

Evans said her health has improved since starting the business.

“I went to the doctor and saw my cholesterol numbers coming down,” she said.

For more information, call 279-3768 or visit mywildtree.com/janespices.

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