Fresh Christmas Trees Will Cost More This Year
Nothing makes a home smell like the holiday season more than the smell of a fresh tree. Mix that smell with the aroma of fresh baked cookies and you have a home for the season!
This holiday season, you'll have to break out a few extra green backs for the green tree. The industry went through a six year decrease in demand and low prices for their product, thus forcing many growers out of business.
According to Yahoo.com
Prices vary according to the variety of tree, but growers this year will see about $20 per tree, $2 more than the last several years, according to Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Salem, Oregon-based Pacific Northwest Tree Association. Prices will likely rise as the holidays near and supply decreases.
Expect prices to vary depending on a series of factors including transportation, tree lot rental space and the big box stores demand for fresh trees.
For example, a 6-foot Douglas fir in Oregon, which grows about one-third of the nation's Christmas trees, could sell for $25 while a similar tree hauled to Southern California might go for $80.
The small farm, the mom and pop tree farm that sells directly to the consumer will not be effected by this increase.
On the average, you could pay an additional $2-$4 more this year per tree.
Locally, in Bismarck, the fresh tree lots have already popped up since before Thanksgiving.