Christmas tree harvest underway

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(Host) Some time this week, temporary two-by-four frameworks will appear on vacant lots around the state to present all sizes and shapes of Christmas trees.

For the tree growers, the last harvest of the agriculture season has been under way for about a week.

According to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture there are 359 producers of Christmas trees from those who do a thousand dollars in business to those who sell much more.

While there are growers all over the state, the largest number are in the Northeastern part of the state.

Steve Justis is with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. He says the industry has improved some in recent years.

(Justis) “Our average harvest is around 150,000 trees and then the value is between 12 to 15 million dollars. The industry is healthier than it was 10 or 15 years ago we still have a lot of competition from Canada but the market support has leveled out quite a bit which means that the Canadians are not getting the government support they used to get and so that its leveled the playing field and we’re in a pretty good economic situation.”

(Host) Justis says consumers should be able to find a Christmas tree for about 25 dollars and up.

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