Mike & Genie Gilliam, Owners
Jacksonville, OR
www.wagontrailfoods.com 

Nut-Fusion Peanut Spread by Wagon Trail Foods is a delicious peanut spread that can be used for savory and sweet cooking and baking. Owners, Mike and Genie Gilliam, founded their company on the mission to provide good food with simple, understandable ingredients. Mike and Genie wish to build a legacy for their family and our community.

Genie was familiar with the SOU Small Business Development Center from her 40-year career in banking. Genie saw a difference in the success of small business owners who worked with the SBDC and those who did not. Genie said, "The SOU SBDC won't do the work for small business owners but, rather, gives them the tools, contact, and accountability to do it on their own."  She believes that if more entrepreneurs took advantage of the local resources, they would see better and faster success rates.     

With hearts centered on giving back to the elders of our community, Mike and Genie chose the Medford Senior Center, which rents space in its commercial-grade kitchen, as their production site. Space is still available and for more information contact Patti Proctor at the Medford Senior Center (541-772-2273). You can purchase Wagon Trail Foods' delicious spreads at local growers markets, Food 4 Less, Ashland Shop 'n Kart, or from their website where you'll also find fun recipes. Pick up a jar today and start spreading the love!