Looking for a tiny tree this Christmas? You're not alone
As more people downsize and are calling apartments and condos home, there's been a surge in demand for a real tree at a smaller size. And this is good news for farmers. "A smaller tree takes less time to grow, it's easier to harvest and produce, they're lighter to carry and more of the smaller trees will fit on a load destined to market," said Angus Bonnyman, executive director of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia."I've heard of one grower that produced all of the small trees he thought he could, and the buyer from the United States came back with the comment that he'd want to double his order next year.
This year the demand for Christmas trees outweighs the supply. "We do have a shortage this year all across North America so it' s not just an Ontario or a Canadian shortage ,” Shirley Brennan, the executive director of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers, told The Weather Network.
Unfortunately, there ` s a shortage of tall trees . Between the bad economy a decade ago and the bad weather recently, this year `s Christmas tree crop isn`t looking so good.
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This year the demand foroutweighs the supply.
"We do have a shortage this year all across North America so it's not just an Ontario or a Canadian shortage,” Shirley Brennan, the executive director of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers, told The Weather Network.
Clembrook Christmas Farm sits on 45 acres of land. With thousands of Christmas trees on the property, the family has been selling trees since the early 90s.
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This year , there is a tree shortage . Most growers blame the tightened supply on the Great Recession, says Valerie Bauerlein, who Christmas trees , as magical as they might seem, are still an agricultural crop. " Trees grow about a foot a year ," Bauerlein says. "So eight, 10 years later, there ' s a shortage .
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“We have a lot of people coming out here for the first time saying 'I've never cut a tree down' or 'I've never had a real Christmas tree' so it's nice to see especially young families coming out for that,” said Clembrook farmer Brad Clements.
The farm closed its doors to the public on Dec. 11 this year, the earliest ever.
The shortage is the result of multiple issues. Clements says supply and demand have been an issue, but weather conditions around a decade ago also played a role.
“The weather in 2008, especially in central Canada, was really, really hot and in 2009 it was really, really wet. And in B.C. in 2009 we had the massive forest fires because it was so hot, so our seedlings didn't like that weather,” said Brennan.
“About two years ago we had a massive freeze on the east coast and a lot of the mature trees were affected by that freeze,” she added.
A recession about a decade ago also may have contributed to how many crops farmers planted.
“Christmas tree farmers may not have planted as many trees because of the financial unrest, or somebody that wanted to increase their crop didn't lease that land or didn't buy that land and now land prices have skyrocketed all across Canada,” said Brennan.
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