Local gifts and food to get you through the holidays

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - With fresh foods and resources available on our doorstep, giving local is easy in our region.

Many natural resources help create the gifts we put under our Christmas trees — from wood products and minerals, to cider and wine. And of course if you have a natural tree or a wood fire you are showcasing even more local resources.

Wood frames, hand-carved gifts, electronics and jewelry using gold, copper and silver, they all rely on B.C.’s natural resources.

Lots of products are also grown and produced locally, including wines and foods. Among those producers are two that recently received funding through the provincial Buy Local Program — Meadow Vista Honey Wines, which received nearly $10,000, and the B.C. Wine Studio, which received nearly $7,000.

There are also many Okanagan and Kamloops wineries offering local wines, and a handful of options for local spirits or craft beer as well. 

Looking for local food to get you through your next Christmas dinner? There are lots of options, from turkey to produce and cheese to preserves. 

And of course there is always the option of going with a handmade Christmas gift. Like the idea but aren’t crafty? Luckily there are a lot of crafty people around the region willing to help you out. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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