26 November, 2017
Simmons said that about 95 percent of Christmas trees on the island are imported, which makes the supplies limited and raises the price.
"Kind of a family Christmas tradition the day after thanksgiving", says Andy Shrake, Christmas tree buyer.
But that doesn't mean local Christmas tree buyers will be sheltered from the shortage, which experts say is a effect of the Great Recession and could lead to increased prices across the country.
And since Christmas trees grow about a foot a year, it's the smaller crop of recession-era trees that's just now hitting tree lots around the Bay Area.
"Come as soon as you can", Libby said.
At White's the price of trees have not gone up as result of tree shortage.
Poe said the recession took a toll on the farmers, so in the years following the recession not as many trees were able to be planted.
"We might need two trees this year", she said.More news: Lebanon's Hariri Returns to Lebanon to Tackle Political Crisis
The Grant Christmas Tree Farm is located at 716 Whitaker Road, Grant. It's a family tradition that they do every year, but it's their first time doing it at Pepper.
While 25-30 million real trees go into homes each holiday season, sales of artificial trees have risen to roughly 10 million a year.
"I've done it many years, but I've never done it here".
"We plant in the spring, March or April usually", he said. We don't have to sell them on the idea of getting a tree.
That's the signature tree of North Carolina, one of the nation's Christmas tree industry powerhouses, said Jennifer Greene, North Carolina Christmas Tree Association executive director. At $33, the tree was cheaper than in years past, Ann Rolls said.
Trees are most expensive at an average of $66 on Black Friday as people get into the holiday mood.
"Locally", he said, "we should be fine". At the Capitol Market in Charleston fresh pine filled the air as tree sellers were stocked up.
A tight supply could affect the quality, selection and price. "Some additives actually caused the tree to shed needles or dry out more rapidly".