Some good news on the Southern agriculture front. According to a recent article in the New York Times, Christmas tree sales are booming as pandemic-weary Americans seek solace.
Executive Director of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association Jennifer Greene said families are trying to make the most of whatever experiences remain safe this holiday season, like going outside to pick out a tree together and decorating it. North Carolina harvests more than 4.1 million Christmas trees a year.
Doug Hundley, of the National Christmas Tree Association, said quote “We didn’t realize that the Christmas spirit was going to help people with what we’ve heard called the ‘Covid blues.”
Across the country Christmas tree grower associations say that retailers are running through their tree supplies quickly and that growers are reporting a big increase in sales. In normal years approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S.
The festive trees are grown in each of the nation’s 50 states, but North Carolina trails only Oregon in the amount of Christmas trees cut each holiday season.
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