Christmas tree prices steady on LI despite nationwide spike

For many families, the weekend after Thanksgiving means it's time to go find the perfect Christmas tree, but it's costing more to deck the halls in some parts of the United States this year. According

News 12 Staff

Nov 30, 2014, 8:48 AM

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Christmas tree prices steady on LI despite nationwide spike
For many families, the weekend after Thanksgiving means it's time to go find the perfect Christmas tree, but it's costing more to deck the halls in some parts of the United States this year.
According to the Associated Press, six years of low prices and decreased demand have put many U.S. Christmas tree growers out of business. This year, the nationwide average is up about $2 more per tree compared to the last several years.
Here on Long Island, however, growers say that prices have mostly held steady. Like Lee Itzler of Elwood Christmas Tree Farm, many local farmers do all of the growing, cutting and fertilizing themselves and then sell directly to buyers, eliminating additional overhead costs.
 


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