Christmas tree shortage causes increase in prices

- A Christmas tree shortage is affecting customers, growers and sellers this year.

“Due to the supply being down, the prices are higher,” said Doug Sidell, owner of Grace Tree Farm on Beth Haven Church Road in Denver.

The main reason for the shortage is because during the recession in 2008, growers did not plant as many trees, and those are the trees that are now being harvested.

Sidell didn’t give an exact percentage increase for customers, but says you can expect to pay more for a Christmas tree this year because of the shortage.

Grace Tree Farm gets its Fraser fir trees from the mountains because those types of trees don’t grow well in Denver in Lincoln County, where the newly-opened farm is located.

“The Fraser fir, the traditional tree that most people look for, is grown in the High Country, above approximately 2600 feet,” Sidell said.

The farm does grow other types of trees. Families can come to the farm, pick the perfect tree, cut it down, and take it home.

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