Did you know that you might have a hard time getting a Christmas tree this year, due to the 2008 recession?
While Thomas Nieman, owner of Nieman Tree Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, says he sees more and more customers every year, this year the number of available trees has decreased. “We only have so many trees to sell," he said.
In Waynesville, North Carolina, the century-old Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm had 5,000 evergreens for sale--set to run through December 10th. But on Black Friday alone, nearly 900 had been picked out.
Nieman explained that this shortage is due to the 2008 recession, when farmers cut down fewer trees, since people bought fewer trees that year. That left less space to plant replacements, and since these trees take around 9-10 years to grow to the right size, we are just now seeing the effects—mostly on smaller tree farms.
Due to the tree shortage, many families opted to shop early. Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm was completely sold out by the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, and Nieman isn’t sure how long he’ll stay open this season. "We were deluged in October and early November with people pre-tagging trees this year," he said.
But according to Doug Hundley, a spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association, “We’re not going to be short—everybody looking for a real tree will be able to get one.”