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No Christmas tree shortage in western MA

30 November 2017

"It's not if you get the drought, it's when you get the drought", said George Brown who owns Valley Christmas Tree Plantation. But couldn't tell us how much fun customers are having.

However, experts say there's no reason to fear having a live Christmas tree, if you follow a few simple steps.

While there's a major Christmas tree shortage across the country, western MA growers haven't felt the impact.

"I'm playing a show at Irving Plaza for Christmas this year, which is gonna be really exciting, on December 1", he explains, referring to the small, yet legendary, NY club.

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Buying a Christmas tree this year will cost you more green. But don't be surprised if tree prices seem unusually high.

"They're telling us they're afraid they can't get a tree because of the shortage", Dauth says. Not an early bird holiday decorator?

Brett Eldredge traveled to New York City a year ago to record his big band Christmas album, Glow.

Unfortunately, the long-term prospect for Christmas trees looks pretty gloomy too.

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"I feel there will be a tight market for trees this year".

Since the supply is down, growers have been forced to raise prices in several states.

There are about 15,000 tree farms in the United States, and the top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.

Nicer Tree, Cheaper Price Owner Jay Wisshack says, "Things fell off really badly, a lot of the growers couldn't sell their trees and so they didn't replant". "Our industry is an aging one where the current farmers do not have a family member to take over the business so they are simply slowly going out of the business".

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No Christmas tree shortage in western MA