O'Christmas tree, what is happening this year?
If you haven't yet decked your halls with a spruce or fir, now may be your last chance.
Many local Christmas tree farm owners are closing up early this year (or cutting back hours) due to supply chain troubles and climate change.
According to the American Christmas Tree Association, the shortage is a nationwide trend. With extreme weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest and supply chain issues throughout the U.S. impacting availability, consumers who delay their tree purchase will face limited selection and fewer options than in years past, the association said in a statement.
While supplies last, here's three farms where you can find a fir.
Palmer Christmas Tree Farms
The taller the better is the theme (trees stand from 3 to 14 feet) at this farm where prices start at $7 per foot. Bring your own hand saw (power saws are not allowed) and make sure to check-in with staff before you enter the fields. Dogs are allowed on property, but must be leased at all times. Sturdy shoes are recommended. In cases of inclement weather, call ahead for operating hours.
Accepts cash only. Closes Friday.
Info: 258 Evergreen Road, Mount Bethel, 610-588-0223, palmerchristmastreefarms.com
Old Homestead Tree Farm
Choose from over 25 varieties of trees such as Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor, Douglas or Fraser firs on the 200-plus acres of family-owned land that was acquired as part of the William Penn Grant, and dating back to the 1700s. Pre-cut trees and wreaths are also available for purchase. Drilling of trees for the Stand-Strait (pin stand) system is free, along with free bailing for easy handling and loading. Trees are priced by a per foot rate for the tree you cut.
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closes Dec. 23.
Info: 1165 Strohl’s Valley Road, Lehighton, 610-681-3276, oldhomestead.com
In business since 1983, the farm sells Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, Noble Fir, and Canaan Fir trees ranging from five to 10 feet. The family-run joint offers free shaking, bailing and loading of trees, free tree drilling (stand straight tree stands available for purchase) and free tree removal bags (while supplies last).
Accepts cash only. Open Saturday and Sunday until Dec 24.
Info: 321 Springhill Road, Moscow, 570- 689-4753, facebook.com/Olsommertreefarm
This article originally appeared on Pocono Record: This season's Christmas tree shortage appears to be a nationwide trend