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With the most wonderful time of year just around the corner, it’s time to start making your list and checking it twice. Giving the gift of Something Special from Wisconsin™ goes beyond everyone’s expectations and lets your loved ones know their gift comes along with an extra special touch as they unwrap it.

Just like Wisconsin agriculture, the products and companies that are part of the Something Special from Wisconsin™ program are so diverse. Since 1983, the Something Special from Wisconsin™ program has been trademarked through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

It’s easy to spot: this logo has a bright red background and white and yellow lettering, allowing you to easily identify a Something Special from Wisconsin™ product. This sticker carries a very special meaning, for when you see it you can be assured that at least half of the product ingredients, production, or processing has come from right here within our state. With almost 500 companies participating in this special program, there is bound to be something for everyone.

If you’re visiting a guest, bringing Wisconsin cheese is always a great way to thank your host. Widmer's Cheese Cellars, Inc., is a 4th generation owned and operated cheese factory. The company was started in 1922 in Theresa, Wis., and specializes in Brick, Colby and Cheddar cheese. They still handcraft the cheese in small batches to ensure a high quality product.

A gift that pairs perfectly with Wisconsin cheese is Wisconsin wine. Timber Hill Winery pours an opportunity for all types of wine enthusiasts to become passionate about finding palate pleasing perfections. They offer a diverse wine list including award-winning Jalapeno! Timber Hill Winery uses cold climate varietals that can grow in our Wisconsin Winters. With over 20 different types of wine you are sure to find one for every occasion.

Before you serve the main course, keep everyone happy with an easy snack. Palo Popcorn offers a great variety of cheesy popcorn in tasty flavors. Palo Popcorn is a family owned company based in Sheboygan Falls and sells their tasty popcorn in 42 states!

Give the taste of Door County with products from Wienke's Market. They are a family owned and operated business in Door County.  All of their homemade products are made by hand in small batches using fresh produce "just like grandma used to make." Try their Door County Cherry Pie Filling over cheesecake, ice cream and of course in a great Wisconsin cherry pie!

Add a little spark to your holidays with Spark Spices, LLC. They have a lot of great options like Zesty Snap, Lemon Pepper, and Original Brine. For an easy and festive dip, combine cream cheese, sour cream, dried cranberries and two tablespoons of Zesty Snap. All of the spices are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality. They are gluten free and no MSG added.

Wisconsinmade.com represents over 200 artisans in Wisconsin. They bring all of these fantastic Wisconsin companies to one site in order to broaden the availability of their quality products to the wider reach of the internet. Wisconsinmade.com provides the customer service and marketing for their artisans so they can focus on making and shipping their products to the customers. Wisconsinmade.com ensures a secure and easy ordering process and can even ship to military addresses too.

By purchasing Something Special from Wisconsin™ products, you are not only supporting local producers and processors, you are also supporting the Wisconsin way of life by keeping those dollars in the local economy. To find more local flavors, visit www.somethingspecialfromwi.com, and you can give thanks to our local farmers and agribusinesses all year long. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

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