Christmas trees go up in price

Nov 26, 2017, 01:02
Christmas trees go up in price

They started selling Christmas trees in 1984.

Pepper says he hopes to see all the families come back next year, but for now, he gets them going home with the Christmas spirit. "We source some trees, we bring in some pre-cuts", says John Foder of Foder Farms.

The Christmas tree industry in CT has grown significantly in recent years and now contributes about $10 million in annual economic activity.

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

"Seeing families together enjoying being outside", he says, "looking through the trees".

He said prices for most trees are up between 10 and 15 percent.

One shopper said she takes extra precautions.

"Austin's going to run out of real Christmas trees, so just don't wait till the last minute", said Coan.

Poe said for the next few years the demand could overtake the supply. They grow their trees on plantations instead of chopping them from the forest, planting a new round of seedlings every year to maintain a steady harvest.

"The industry has emerged from a period of overproduction and low prices and lost around a third of the growers", the university said.

Tree cause 250 home fires a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. At $33, the tree was cheaper than in years past, Ann Rolls said.

"If there were no Christmas trees, where would Santa put your presents?"

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. "Christmas tree farmers are pretty much oldtimers".

Predictions for many places are that as we get closer to Christmas, the supply may dwindle even more. "Choose and cut trees have to be trimmed twice a year, in the hot summer it doesn't matter".

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