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26 November, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • John A Trax Jr 66689762        A Christmas tree cut and ready to move at a tree farm

A shortage of Christmas trees is not something many of us want to hear.

"We get to share Christmas with about a thousand folks and when they come, they're already in a good mood. We're thankful for that", said Willie Cooper, who is selling trees with the Boys and Girls Club.

The tree lit up a little before 6:30 p.m. with some saying the big event is really the start of Christmas spirit.

Almost 4,000 acres of CT farmland are planted with Christmas trees - the 13th largest acreage in the U.S.

At White's the price of trees have not gone up as result of tree shortage.

"Its just a matter of how many trees you have each year.we've always said there might be a year we'd actually have to not sell for a whole year for our field to get caught up".

"When farmers cut down on planting it takes about seven to eight years to become market size, so now we're in that phase where we're seeing the supply greater than the demand because of the recession in 08", said Poe.

"In the last five years, the prices at the farm have nearly more than doubled,"Falco said".

That's the signature tree of North Carolina, one of the nation's Christmas tree industry powerhouses, said Jennifer Greene, North Carolina Christmas Tree Association executive director. Macy tried to purchase Grand firs from OR, but the farmer had to cancel the sale because a heat wave "fried the trees", Macy said. "Choose and cut trees have to be trimmed twice a year, in the hot summer it doesn't matter. We have a fire going in the gift shop", Collins said.

Through the Aina Mauna Christmas Tree Demonstration Project, several acres of Douglas fir trees have been growing on the island since 2014, Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday. He also said in 2011 Cardinal Tree Farm planted more trees with the thought of this lower supply coming on.

"Locally", he said, "we should be fine".



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