2019 Christmas Tree Shortage
There is currently a nation-wide shortage of real Christmas trees. The main cause is the lack of trees planted 6 to 10 years ago. It takes about 8 years to grow a tree from a seedling. Ten to 14 years ago there was a surplus of Christmas trees which caused many tree farms to go out of business. Therefore, fewer seedling were put in the field. The resulting shortage of mature trees will likely continue for 1 more year.
We currently (December 5) have about 200 sale-able trees here at the farm, and about 250 pre-cut fir trees from friends’ farms near Roan Mountain and Mountain City, TN. We have about 100 concolor fir trees still to be cut near Banner Elk, NC but weather is preventing us from getting them. We will have these available December 19.
Our tree prices vary by height as well as by the quality (appearance) and, for firs, how much we had to pay to purchase them and to bring them to our farm. For example, a 7 1/2-foot tree (the preferred height for an 8-foot ceiling) will be $55, $65 or $80, depending on the three factors mentions above.
We continue to accept credit cards as well as cash and local checks..
New in the Gift Shop
We hope to have an electric train running in the gift shop this year. Also, we will have some new local crafts available.
Unfortunately, we will have no “table top” Fraser firs in 2019. As of December 5, our supply of 6- to 8-foot trees is good. The supply of 8- to 9.5-feet trees in our field is good, but the 8- to 9.5-pre-cut firs is limited.