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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

O Christmas Tree

Posted November 25, 2008 10:49 a.m. EST

The Christmas tree buying season kicks off this weekend. Where will you buy your tree this year? Will you buy it from a local nursery? Will you take the family to the mountains and choose a Fraser Fir straight from the farm? Or will you buy a tree from your local grocer? How many of you will pull your Christmas tree out of the attic?

I would like this to be a forum of helpful information. My family enjoys the choose and cut farms of Alleghany County in the northeast part of the state. It’s about a three hour drive from Raleigh. We have been very pleased with Pine Shadows Farm near Roaring Gap and Joe Edwards Christmas Trees near Sparta.

Christmas tree farming is a huge business in North Carolina. We have about 1,600 farmers statewide. The Fraser Fir represents 90% of the Tar Heel crop. 50 million of these beautiful trees are growing right now on more than 25,000 acres.

Do you prefer the “Fir” or some other type of tree? Please weigh in.

Here is a great place to get information – the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association: http://ncchristmastrees.com/