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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off the Holidays in Piscataway
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And as local Christmas tree lot owners reached out to growers last summer to lock in supplies, many learned of a possible holiday headache - a shortage of trees, particularly from leading producers in North Carolina and Oregon. But like the years before, there's no reason to panic.

During the holidays buyers living fir trees will have to fork out, as evergreen natural beauty this year in the deficit South of the border, and the high demand only pushes prices up.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D. with Christmas tree producer Christy Kavanagh in Newtownmountkennedy, Co.

"None of our Christmas tree prices increased", Lively said.

"What's so great about these trees is that they are sustainable and disposable", McCullough said.

Eastern Canada should have plenty of trees this year, but British Columbia, which has generally imported trees from the USA, might see some shortages, Downey said.

Aside from judging the growth, anticipating weather and conditions and protecting the trees, a professional tree grower has to keep in mind a huge number of factors when looking at the Christmas tree market each year. She said while prices vary by region, trees generally range from $29.98 to $130. "It's a small town but it reminds us of the street fairs and tree lightings we'd go to, surprisingly".

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off the Holidays in Piscataway
Credits Chris Nalwasky
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off the Holidays in Piscataway Credits Chris Nalwasky

But here's why everyone was freaking out.


"The tree lighting ceremony has evolved over the years and this year we added on with the festival - still keeping with our tree lighting tradition", said Michelle Wilson, executive director for the Sydney Waterfront District. This year, they hope to top that. "So if you go back eight, nine, 10 years ago, we were in a bit of a recession". So they made a decision to stop planting as many trees.

Americans bought more than 25 million live trees over the long Thanksgiving weekend, McCullough said. Also, putting the tree in a location with a lot of sunlight can lead to quicker fading. He's been selling cut-your-own trees at his farm for 42 years.

"I think this event is wonderful", she said. "Those are the people who probably didn't secure their trees early enough from our wholesalers and those are the folks that won't have trees". A plastic tree from the store just sits in a landfill for a 100 years and looks the same when you pull it out.

Pennsylvania remains No. 4 in the nation for Christmas tree production.

"When you get later into the season and people trying to get that last minute bargain, they're going to have a harder time ― they're just going to have less selection", she said.

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