Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Strathmeyer Christmas Trees accepts donations for Trees for Troops

Strathmeyer Christmas Trees accepts donations for Trees for Troops

The holiday season officially began in the village of Cayuga on Friday evening with the annual tree-lighting ceremony and Christmas celebration.

News 5 was there when the Posey family was picking out a tree.

Veit has been attending the tree lighting for more than 10 years.

The whole idea travelled with the couple when they arrived in Medicine Hat in the late 1990s from Manitoba, but only took root when the family moved south of the city about 10 years ago.

Greg Feroce said the love of real trees came from his dad when he was growing up.

"It's a memory maker", she said.

According to Verlyn Aerni - farmer of the Aerni Family Christmas Trees - the recession in 2008 is taking a toll on small farmers, almost 10 years later, just about the of time it takes to grow a tree.

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"It's a frantic period for all the growers", Tony Johnston, chairman of the Irish Christmas Tree Growers, told TheJournal.ie. Selecting a tree from a local tree farm also supports local jobs and reduces emissions from transporting trees cross country. "It's hard to put into numbers how (Harvey) will impact sales", but many people can't "afford to go out and buy trees". And for Dave Rogers at Swan's Quality Christmas Trees, that's just how he likes it.

"I thought it was really cool when it (the tree) was lighting up", said seven-year-old Jaden Martin, speaking of the moment the tree lights came on.

"On the weekends, it's pretty crowded", he said.

"I shifted from North Carolina - knowing the prices have gone up - and went to another vendor in New Hampshire", said Wittek, who runs Walther with his sister Paula. That meant they couldn't re-plant in those spaces, diminishing future supplies.

"Even if they're living in a camper or RV, they're determined to have the most awesome Christmas yet", she said. But since the trees take so long to grow, it's basically impossible to produce more when demand increases. Though frost doesn't apply is Australia's summer Christmas, it's still a good idea to look for a tree that's been recently cut. "It's about that smell of green filling your house". But if it's a place that you've gone year after year, they'll still be there.

Once you've found the flawless tree, you'll want to wrap it for the ride home. In addition, many farmers in the U.S. and Canada went out of business. Some owners offer hay rides, petting zoos, arts and crafts, warm seasonal food or drink and plenty of festive fanfare for families, he said.

"They were traditions we had with people who aren't here anymore, like my grandfather", she said. Spix's trees are going for between $15 and $23.

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