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Local farmers experience Christmas tree shortages

Local farmers experience Christmas tree shortages
Local farmers experience Christmas tree shortages
Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 13:27:45-05

HAVANA, Fla. (WTXL) - The time is almost here to buy your Christmas tree and you may want to do it sooner rather than later because there could be a shortage of Christmas trees this season.

That shortage is due to the economic recession 10 years ago. Those declining sales led farmers to plant less trees and because it takes Christmas trees so long to grow, we're just now feeling that pinch.

However, one local tree farmer in Havana says their shortage is due to another problem.

"As far as our farm, and the northern trees, the Frasier firs that we ship in, we have plenty of those," said Stormy Doyle, with Havana Tree Farm. "Our shortage is the trees that they can come and cut themselves. We just can't grow them fast enough to keep up with how fast the business is growing."

Doyle also said many tree distributors come from North Carolina and with the fires they had last year, many crops were damaged.