Rain hasn't dampened NC Christmas tree sales

Posted December 16, 2013 7:24 p.m. EST
Updated December 16, 2013 8:10 p.m. EST

— 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.