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High Demand For Freshly Cut Christmas Trees

Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 23, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Finding that perfect, freshly cut Christmas tree this season might not be as easy as you think.

Tom Nieman, owner of Nieman’s tree farm, had a good plan for this year’s Christmas tree-selling season.  He had a pre-tagging service, meaning many trees pickup up Wednesday were actually purchased when most were still thinking of Jack O’ Lanterns.

“Since the first of October, they’ve been coming and they tag the tree they want, pay for it then, and come back and get it whenever they need it,” said Nieman.

This means that Nieman’s farm could have a lower inventory as they can only cut so many in a given season.

“In the neighborhood of a thousand a year, otherwise, we’ll lose our rotation if we cut more,” he said.

Nieman said that the big store retailers will have plenty, but if you prefer the freshly cut, you’ll need to go ahead and get the chainsaw.

“When we reach our limit, then we have to shut down. We don’t have any choice,” said Nieman.

FILE – In this Nov. 2011 file photo, Joseph Kang carries a Christmas tree as he restocks the inventory at Noel’s tree farm in Litchfield, N.H. A tight supply of Christmas trees this season could force consumers to not get the exact tree type they want, but there are enough evergreens to go around. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)