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Christmas tree demand proving to be greater than supply

Posted at 4:53 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 17:32:40-05

GREENFIELD — The Lost Forty Tree Farm is quiet now, but over the weekend it was packed with families looking for the perfect tree.

Kathleen Wendt, who runs the tree farm in Greenfield with her husband, said they have already sold out of all the trees that were ready to be cut down this year.

"We have a very high demand right now," Wendt said. "This season was quite short. We were only open the four days of Thanksgiving weekend."


Wendt said it is the result of increased demand and a severe drought in 2012 that killed many of the trees that would be full-size and ready to sell this year.

Other local tree farms said their supply for customers is the lowest it has ever been, but they wouldn't call it a shortage just yet. Lance Sambol, who owns Sambol's Tree Farm, said people who haven't picked out a tree still have options.

"I think there is more of a tight supply than a shortage," Sambol said. "Many have to be a little smaller than last year. It may have to be a different species, but i think everyone can still find a tree if they come out to their local tree farm."

Sambol also ordered pre-cut trees from out of state just to keep up with the demand and make sure families have options, and he is preparing for the years ahead.

"I'm trying to plant more trees, and I think if we keep doing that, we can put the myth of a shortage to rest," Sambol said.