It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in June for Bill Stanton. Stanton grows Christmas trees at his Wake County farm.
"We're out working as hard as we can just to be ready for six weeks of tree sales," he said.
Stanton has planted, trimmed and sold trees with his father for almost 30 years. Despite having to think about Christmas in the middle of the summer sun, he enjoys it.
Stanton's Leyland Cypress trees are receiving their first trim of the year and another comes in the fall. Stanton visits each one again and again for years.
"When you first grow your first crop, you've got a name for each one of your trees and then after several generations of cutting, you just want to see them go," he said.
Pop Stanton keeps his hand in the shearing and his mind on December.
"The fun is in the reaction of the customers who come up and say, 'I've been getting trees from you,'" he said. "I've got families that are second and third generations coming out and that makes you feel good."
The Stantons said one of the reasons families get trees from them is that they operate as a "cut your own" farm. Officials say
sales generate almost $100 million for North Carolina. Most of that is from Frazer firs grown in the mountains.
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