Written by Bill Kopp | Photos courtesy North Carolina Christmas Tree Association
Picked out your holiday tree yet? You’ll have plenty of options because, thanks to the hospitable elevation and climate, Christmas tree farms are abundant throughout Western North Carolina. Unsurprisingly, those farms are making a huge contribution to the area’s economic climate as well.
Growing a Christmas tree takes, according to Bill Glenn, “a special kind of crazy.”
Glenn, who handles marketing for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, knows what he’s talking about. “It takes nine or ten years to grow the product, it has value for only a few weeks, and then it isn’t any good for anything else,” he elaborates. But hundreds of farmers in Western North Carolina are in the business of growing Christmas trees, and, by most accounts, they’re faring well economically. The iconic Christmas tree—a prominent annual fixture of countless homes across the nation in the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year—represents a remarkably significant part of North Carolina’s sustained economic engine.
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