Christmas tree sellers not concerned over shortage

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FLORISSANT, Mo. – Some of our local Christmas tree lots are getting ready to open in less than a week.

Lynn Sullivan, owner of Sullivan Farms Christmas Trees, says their first truckload of trees looks great.

“Today we unloaded mainly some taller trees from 11-foot to 18-foot trees is what we unloaded today. They look really good. They’re nice and full so I think people will be happy this year,” he said.

But a late frost in Michigan means some of the trees won’t make harvest this year. A frost signals the tree it’s time to go to sleep for the winter. Trees that are not dormant cannot be harvested.

“Well, there is a shortage this year. Worse than last year I believe,” he said.

Despite this shortage, Sullivan isn’t too concerned.

“Every year we build a bigger relationship with more and more growers and not only just Michigan but in North Carolina, and Oregon and Nova Scotia, Canada. So we have a good line on trees and I don’t think the shortage will really affect us much this year,” said Sullivan.

“That’s where most of the increase is. We have a real, real problem getting truck drivers to pick up the Christmas trees in a timely manner,” he said.

While the Sullivan Farms Christmas tree lots open this Saturday, Nov. 20, you don’t have to rush out.

“Don’t panic we’re going to have plenty of trees this Saturday, Black Friday, the Saturday after, and the Saturday after that. So I don’t want nobody to feel like they’re not going to get a tree. Come to Sullivan Farms. We’ve got one for you,” said Sullivan.

And Sullivan says he’s so thankful for all of the continued support and business from the community.

“We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

To find out hours and locations of the five lots, visit SullivanFarms-STL.com.

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