There’s Nothing Like a Real Fraser Fir Christmas Tree!
There’s nothing like a Real Fraser Fir Christmas Tree! With snow flying and chainsaws buzzing, a freshly cut Fraser fir emits an exceptional fragrance that brings forth fond memories from Christmas’ long ago. Fraser fir is native throughout the mountains of eastern United States and Canada and is widely produced here in Western North Carolina, as homeowners love its shape, color, strong limbs, and ability to retain its soft needles for a very long time. These attributes are what have made Fraser fir “the perfect Christmas tree” for celebrating the holidays.
Recently, the value and quality of locally produced food has re-inspired many Macon County citizens to purchase locally grown food. After all, locally produced products offer high quality, the chance to meet the producer and the opportunity to support the local economy. Our Mountain Grown Christmas trees are no exception.
When you buy a Christmas tree from a Macon County farm, you are supporting the Macon County economy and a hard working Macon County farm family. You definitely know where the tree came from and if you visit one of the local choose and cut farms you may even get to cut down your own tree.
In 2018, consumers in the U.S. purchased 32.8 million farm-grown Christmas trees, spending an average of $78.00 that is going back into the local economy. The Choose and Cut segment of the Christmas tree industry in particular has grown in recent years with 28% percent of the Christmas tree farms having a choose and cut component in counties adjacent to and west of Jackson County.
With children in tow, parents love the opportunity to visit a farm where they can search for that perfect tree while spending time creating new memories with their family. In doing so, individuals and family’s support our local businesses. Christmas tree growers with choose and cut operations work hard but are devoted to provide a fun family experience for everyone to enjoy. In 2018, the retail value of Christmas trees sold in the U.S. was $2.56 billion. That money is going to Christmas tree farmers instead of supporting an industry that brings you petroleum; chemicals and plastic trees where it is estimated over 85% are imported from China.
Our North Carolina Fraser fir trees provide numerous environmental and economic benefits. Christmas tree farms use land that might otherwise be developed, as its soil is not often suited for typical agricultural crops. Christmas trees help stabilize soil and protect local water supplies along with absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases. One acre of Christmas trees emits enough oxygen for 18 people.
Economically, Christmas trees provide an additional income for farmers and rural landowners. They create seasonal jobs and serve as an economic stimulus for local communities, offering not only trees, but also wreaths and tourism opportunities.
Christmas trees are considered a renewable resource as they are typically used as shelter for fish, small birds and mammals, and chipped and recycled as mulch in the spring.
Fraser fir trees are truly a green product, grown locally within our beloved mountains. With more than 850 plus Christmas tree growers on 39,000 acres here in North Carolina, it is easy to find a farm or retail lot that is close by. This year, take time this holiday season to support one of our many local farms. For more information on where to purchase Mountain Grown Fraser fir contact your local Extension Center at 828 349-2049.
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