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December 8, 2012

Area tree farms' sales strong


At Pie in the Sky in Otego, co-owner Janet Powers said all trees it sells are cut locally. She agreed with Lundin’s observation that the Fraser fir trees are the most popular.

The dry weather earlier in the year doesn’t seem to have had an effect on the trees.

“This weekend should be the first onslaught,” for the Christmas season, she said.

“We have been doing this for 30 years and been through other recessions,” so she doesn’t expect the economy will have an impact. People may conserve in other areas but the tree is an important part of the holiday, he said.

At Fox Hollow Nursery in West Laurens, owner Neil Monzeglio said he has about 10 acres of Christmas trees on his farm. The dry year will stress some trees, but Monzeglio said only the quality ones are cut. He grows several different types of trees, and said the balsam fir are the most popular.

“This weekend should be the busiest,” with selling going on for precut and cut-your-own until Christmas Eve, he said. “There are always some early birds and some last minute Charlies.”

At 51, he has been in the nursery business since he was a teenager, he said. “I love it. We have a good product. Its nice to be part of the family.”

At Hawley’s Tree Farm in Delhi, Mary Dirig said her parents have been in the business for 20 years. She said the Norway spruce is among her most popular trees.

“I remember planting trees as a kid,” she said. “It’s been a lifelong thing for me.”

She was expecting this weekend to be the busiest of the holiday season, with several hundred being sold by Christmas Eve. Last year was a record year and “this year should be right up there,” she said.

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