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"By purchasing locally-grown Christmas trees and holiday greens, CT residents can have direct influence on keeping forests as forests and farms as farms". Prices are expected to be high, due to an unprecedented shortage of medium-sized trees. Coincidentally, the economic recession around that time caused many families trying to save money to pass on buying a Christmas tree.

Alas, this isn't the premise for a feel-good Christmas story that ends with Santa Claus flying in to save the day.

If you think Black Friday sales are going to get competitive this year, you may be in for a treat while shopping for your Christmas tree.

The tree supply is expected to be tighter - partly as a result of the economic recession almost 10 years ago, when tree farmers cut back on plantings.

Decide where you will place the tree.

Most larger retailers, including J&T, saw this shortage coming.

Dale Hawkins is a co-owner of Sandy Hollar Farms in Buncombe County near Sandy Mush, he grew up working in the Christmas tree business.

Merrill said he isn't too anxious about the future of his business because people miss the smell of fresh trees in in their homes and always come back.


It's not just customers that are paying higher costs. Nine to twelve feet, we're a little short on those.

"I call it a passion", farm owner McKenzie "Ken" Cook said.

Doyle also said many tree distributors come from North Carolina and with the fires they had previous year, many crops were damaged. The Christmas Tree Association said it has no effective way to measure average retail prices, and prices can vary widely depending on the size and variety of tree, its origin, and where it is sold. But he said he also had another creative solution up his sleeve: local conifers. Buying a tree two weeks earlier also means two extra weeks of twinkling Christmas lights and the aroma of pine in your living room.

"Close to 50 percent just want to come and get one already cut", Doug Dahnke said. He said tree lots down there are desperate to find trees too, and are willing to pay full price elsewhere.

Blair, of Ashwood Gardens & Nursery, said her own tree supplier is phasing down. "They said we don't have no trees for you", said Elliot.

According to the festive elves at Pinterest, the latest Christmas trend is wall Christmas trees and hanging Christmas trees.

According to the 2012 United States Department of Agriculture census, North Carolina is the second largest producer of Christmas trees in the USA, harvesting over 4 million or almost 25% of the total trees harvested in the U.S. This is the first year they are opening to the public and they are extremely excited.

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