Optimists offers Christmas tree sale downtown near The Square

He says this year, there's a shortage of trees at most farms. Now, as owner of the farm, he maintains the trees on the property, some of which were first planted 52 years ago.

If you're dead-set on buying a real Christmas tree this holiday season, you might have to dig a bit deeper.

Fresh Christmas trees are available for sale for residents who want to get into the holiday spirit early. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service both allow a limited number of trees to be harvested from key locations - usually areas where removing the trees serves management or conservation purposes. But even Corbin says that, like a tree, he could be swayed. "I just might have to end a tradition", Elliot said. I think you told on yourself.

Kathy Kogut, Executive Director of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association, said the popularity of the choose-and-cut farm has helped renew the tradition of the entire family selecting and cutting a Christmas tree.

Those medium height trees are in short supply because of the recession in the late 2000's.

The department says almost 4,000 acres of CT farmland are planed with Christmas trees.

Blair, of Ashwood Gardens & Nursery, said her own tree supplier is phasing down. "The problem arises that it takes at least six or seven years to grow a tree".

"Nurseries were throwing seedlings away because we couldn't find anybody to plant them, we were selling trees at a loss", Stremler said.

One of every five American homes will have a Christmas tree this year, according to the American Christmas Tree Association. Nine years later, it's affecting people across the country.

Eckart is getting his tree farm ready for his busiest weekend of the season.

Penland said the shortages are felt the most in booming urban areas of SC like Greenville, Charleston or Columbia.

His personal favorite - and the bestseller - is the Fraser fir, but the clay soil of the farm does not support that type.

He reduced the cost of some White Pines from $75 to $65 because the trees that arrived were not as tall as expected.

  • Leroy Wright