Picked and cut and pre-cut Christmas trees are expected to be in high demand this holiday season.
And the supply could be tight for some Michigan tree growers.
Amy Start knows the ins and outs of Michigan’s Christmas tree market and said people shouldn’t wait to buy one this year.
“Over the past two years, the demand for real Christmas trees has increased a lot with people wanting to go out, and we believe that will continue this year,” said Start, executive director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.
“Between COVID and the millennials who really love farmer’s markets and know where produce comes from, we anticipate this season will be great,” said Start.
Start said some Michigan growers cut and sold trees during the 2020 season that they would normally have harvested this year. This could reduce this year’s supply.
“Some had to go into this year’s inventory to meet demand,” she said. “It could make this year’s inventory a bit tighter.”
Farms and businesses that sell pre-cut Christmas trees to wholesalers could also feel the effects.
“The supply has been limited for some farms to get pre-cut trees from wholesalers if the farm does not have the capacity to grow enough to meet customer demand or maybe they are supplementing what they want. do with pre-cut trees ”Begins says.
Many forest farms and lots open on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and some are only open a few weekends before they are full.
Here are four places in Livingston County that are selling live Christmas trees starting this Thanksgiving weekend.
Waldock tree farm
3090 Dutcher Road, Howell
The Pick and Cut Tree Farm contains Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, and Korean Fir. It has been a family business since 1988.
The farm will sell Christmas trees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and December 4 and 5.
Snowshoe tree farm
5595 Pinckney Road / D-19, Howell
In business for 40 years, the forest farm sells Christmas trees to cut, including Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir. They also sell cool wreaths.
The farm opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Check out the farm’s Facebook page at facebook.com/snowshoetreefarmhowell for more hours.
Mayhew’s Tree Farm and Nursery
763 Fowlerville Road, Fowlerville
The year-round nursery and landscaping business sells a limited supply of cut and pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and wreaths.
The crèche is open from noon to 5 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday.
Howell Nature Center
1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell
The nature center will be selling hundreds of pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands as a fundraiser. The nature center will feature Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce and Scots Pine.
The sale will start on Friday and will continue until they are sold out. The nature center is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during fundraising.
Nature Center spokesperson Patty Rudd said 570 trees will be available for purchase.
“We sell every year at the Nature Center,” Rudd said. “It depends, but usually the first week of December we’re usually full.”
She said the funds for the sale of trees would support the nature centre’s wildlife rehabilitation and education programs.
“A lot of people in our community go out with their families every year to spend time together and choose their trees. We started receiving inquiries about Christmas tree sales in October, as it is. something that people always do. “
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