The Maine Christmas Tree Association said the supply of holiday trees will be tight this year and the reason dates back to the Great Recession in 2008.
“Some farms went out of business at that time. Others cut back on planting. The repercussions of that last a decade,” said Jim Corliss, a retired tree farmer and former president of the Maine Christmas Tree Association.
Corliss said in the 1960s, real trees made up 95 percent of the national Christmas tree market. With the introduction of artificial trees, the real tree market share dropped to 30 percent to 35 percent.
Corliss said advertising by The Maine Christmas Tree Association since 2015 is starting to pay off and more people are buying real trees again.
Jay Cox of Old Farm Christmas Place in Cape Elizabeth said last year he sold out of trees by the first weekend in December and he believes this holiday season will be no different.
“Last year was the busiest year we had, the weekend coming up after Thanksgiving is our busiest weekend of the year. I sell between 2,100 and 2,200 trees a year,” he said.
The Maine Christmas Tree Association said despite tight supply, everyone who wants a tree should be able to get one, if they’re willing to travel.
This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.