In honor of National Bakery Day, which is set to take place one day from Friday on September 17, the state of Wisconsin is recognizing September 17 as Wisconsin Bakery Day as well to celebrate independent retail bakeries and all that they contribute to local communities across the state.

This week, Governor Tony Evers signed an official proclamation for Wisconsin Bakery Day, which can be read below:

Whereas; local baked goods reflect the individual character of the community where they are baked, and baking traditions are passed down from generation to generation, often traveling across the globe; and

Whereas; it is the independent bakery’s warm and welcoming environment, joyful staff, and celebratory culture that set it apart from other institutions; and

Whereas; Wisconsin is home to a number of these cultured and community gems, many of which are family owned and operated, and boast circles of lifelong resident-customers; and

Whereas; as businesses across Wisconsin continue to weather the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting small businesses – such as local independent bakeries – has never been more important; and

Whereas; today, the state of Wisconsin joins our baking community in celebrating their enduring presence, resilience, and invaluable contributions – both cultural and delectable – to our state, and encourages all Wisconsinites to support their local bakeries;

Now, therefore, I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2021, as Wisconsin Bakery Day throughout the state of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all our state’s residents.

Additionally, the Wisconsin Bakers Association has teamed up with Feeding Wisconsin and have organized a statewide Food & Fund Drive, which all bakeries are welcomed to participate.