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Shoppers likely to meet Christmas tree shortage

26 November 2017, 01:02 | Katrina Lee

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That means many people will be on the hunt for that ideal Christmas tree, but it could be harder to find this year, if you wait too long.

"Kind of a family Christmas tradition the day after thanksgiving", says Andy Shrake, Christmas tree buyer.

Some people already have their Christmas tree up.

Of course, if you really want to get a tree for cheap, you can get it for free after Christmas.

For the past 30 years, people went to Santa's Forest Christmas Tree Farm to cut their own tree.

"Its just a matter of how many trees you have each year.we've always said there might be a year we'd actually have to not sell for a whole year for our field to get caught up".

If the trees are able to be grown locally, it presents an opportunity for landowners to create a local tree market, she said.

Is it too early to talk trees - Christmas trees, specifically?

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Poe said for the next few years the demand could overtake the supply.

What was a tradition for many families for years, decades, or even generations, is no more this year.

"The industry has emerged from a period of overproduction and low prices and lost around a third of the growers", the university said. Schmitt says he knew there was going to be a shortage this year and that is why he ordered early.

"If there were no Christmas trees, where would Santa put your presents?" At $33, the tree was cheaper than in years past, Ann Rolls said. They bought a white, artificial one to match their mid-century home past year.

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm is open Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.

"This is what we do", Patterson said. "Christmas tree farmers are pretty much oldtimers".

A tight supply could affect the quality, selection and price. It helps the tree stay fresh and drink more.

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