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Christmas trees go up in price

26 November 2017, 01:00 | Simon Arnold

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National Christmas tree shortage Vermont farmer says not here

The trees at Papa Noel are 1,000 miles away from where they first sprouted.

"We came to get our tree for the season".

"It affects us a little bit because we are a very small farm".

"There's a lot of sadness that we don't do it anymore, since we were, I think the last choose and cut trees in Kern County", Gary New, co-owner of Santa's Forest Christmas Farm said.

His advice for anyone wanting a lovely Christmas tree this season is not to wait until the last minute.

Erway says this year is turning out to be among the best in years for many local tree farms, thanks mostly to the recent wet summer and fall, and lots of warmth.


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

"Less people bought trees; that makes the farmers plant less trees", said Shery Macklin, at Valley View Christmas Trees.

The Grant Christmas Tree Farm is located at 716 Whitaker Road, Grant.

A tradition that some families have kept up for years. This year was the first time Bakersfield resident, Amy Patterson, went home with a precut tree.

"I mean, I guess it would depend on how much more, but as of right now it still seems worth it to us", said Kirsten Mork.

"Prices are definitely up", Zellner said.


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

Christmas trees were in short supply past year, too, but the shortage didn't catch any media attention, Hundley said.

Schmitt recommends people buy their trees early, before supply runs out. 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.

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

Because of the dwindling supply, prices have increased. At the Capitol Market in Charleston fresh pine filled the air as tree sellers were stocked up.

However, Falco is battling the problem by also offering a lower line of trees that are more affordable.




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