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Rain hasn't dampened NC Christmas tree sales

Posted December 16, 2013

— Christmas tree farmers at the North Carolina State Farmer's Market in Raleigh say rainy weekends have dampened their overall sales.

"(Sales) have been really good, except for the rainy weekends," said Sheila Barrier, of B&H Farms. "Our weekends are our busiest times, and the rainy weekends – at least this Saturday, are just terrible."

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina has seen a steady decline in sales from 2008, when it brought in $100 million in sales, to $75 million the last two years.

Bill Glenn, Christmas tree marketing specialist with the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says he expects there was an overabundance of trees in the market a few years ago but that he expects sales to start showing an upward trend.

Glenn also says sales continue to grow in the choose-and-cut market, where customers go to a tree farm and cut their own tree.

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  • wideNCawake Dec 17, 12:42 p.m.

    Most NC Christmas tree farms are the worst at chemical dowsing of crop trees, anyone living downstream and uses well water, or naturally otherwise, from a tree farm in NC has a greater chance of a terminal disease, sadly this is the reality of the industry. Some NC residents that live near tree farms, especially in western NC, say pasture cattle will not drink downstream from a tree farm. With little income for some, other than tree farming, it should be necessary to find a clean non-threatening solution.

  • anti-Mako II Dec 17, 12:27 p.m.

    No black helicopter, I read the entire article. But when the first sentence contradicts the headline, there is an issue.

    Reading the rest of the article, I also learned sales are down from about $100 million to about $75 million the last two years. This statement would also lead me to believe sales in general are down. I would not attribute the overall decline to rainy weekends, but the article is still very poorly written and a poor attempt at spin.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 17, 11:56 a.m.

    The headline states "Rain hasn't dampened NC Christmas tree sales."

    The first line of the story states "Christmas tree farmers at the North Carolina State Farmer's Market in Raleigh say rainy weekends have dampened their overall sales."

    Come on WRAL - that is pretty bad.--Mako II

    I guess you stopped at the first line? "Come on Mako II- that is pretty bad."

  • anti-Mako II Dec 17, 10:43 a.m.

    The headline states "Rain hasn't dampened NC Christmas tree sales."

    The first line of the story states "Christmas tree farmers at the North Carolina State Farmer's Market in Raleigh say rainy weekends have dampened their overall sales."

    Come on WRAL - that is pretty bad.