Has a Christmas Tree Shortage Hit the Hudson Valley?
A Christmas tree shortage right as the holiday season is underway? Sounds like the plot to one of those corny, made-for-tv Christmas movies.
But are we facing a Christmas tree shortage here in the Hudson Valley and across the US?
Poughkeepsie, NY Christmas Tree Farm Closes Up Shop Early in 2023
Many Hudson Valley families hit the road last weekend to pick up or cut down their trees and get the holiday season underway. Unfortunately, shortly after opening, news started to spread that a popular Dutchess County Christmas Tree Farm was already done for the season.
Fabulous Firs Christmas Tree Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY took to social media on November 25th, 2023 to share the following message:
We are merely stewards of this land, and we thank you all for allowing us to keep farming and sharing in your memories
Along with the message was a photo that said "Closed for the remainder of the 2023 season. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our family farm. Merry Christmas and may God bless us all."
Fans in the comment section are speculating that the farm met its Christmas tree quota by the end of November. Once they sold a certain amount of trees, Fabulous Firs closed so they would have a Christmas tree supply for next year.
While this hasn't been confirmed, we're glad to see so many people supporting local farms. Let's hope they're able to keep their rows of Christmas trees flourishing for years to come.
But is it safe to call this a Christmas Tree Shortage? Is it a problem across the US? It doesn't look like it.
Christmas Tree Shortage 2023? Not So Fast...
Earlier this month ABC News did some research into the possibility of a Christmas Tree shortage in 2023. They found that while there are some Christmas tree farms across the nation closing, due to factors like drought and wildfires (even citing the Canadian Wildfires from this summer as a factor), there's actually a decent supply of trees this year.
Good Morning America spoke to Marsha Gray, the Executive Director of The Real Christmas Tree Board, who told GMA:
There's nothing more frustrating to a farm or retail location than [when] they don't have the inventory that they want or need for a season. It really is not the story nationwide and we have a really good supply of trees.
So if you haven't gotten your tree yet, it sounds like you should be fine for the rest of the season.
Have you seen any more local, Hudson Valley Christmas Tree farms close early?
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