While stumbling around online this morning, I ran across a news story that reports a shortage of Christmas trees this year. According to the Charlotte Observer, the recession that hit back in 2008 is still impacting tree farms. Farmers didn't plant as many trees back then because consumer demands were low.
Now those trees are ready for the holiday home, but there just aren't as many.
Clicking around led me to other versions of the story on other websites, a few that included photos of Holiday Tree Farms, which is located in the Philomath-Corvallis vicinity. One shows workers tagging harvested trees at a shipping yard. Holiday Tree Farms has been cited as the biggest grower of holiday trees in the country, harvesting and shipping an estimated 1 million trees before Christmas.
A month ago, Mid-Valley InBusiness published a story based on interviews with Holiday Tree Farms and that indicated more upbeat news in the industry. If you would like to read that story, go online to: bit.ly/holiday-tree-farms.