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December 13, 2013
THERE’S STILL TIME TO BUY A VIRGINIA GROWN CHRISTMAS TREE

~ Sales are brisk but supply of live trees is still good ~
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), many people have already purchased and decorated their live Christmas trees this year, but farms and retail stands selling local trees still have good inventory. It has been a very good year for Virginia trees. The ample rain in 2013 produced good color and, as always, live trees are a fragrant addition to any home or office.

Consumers looking for Virginia grown trees may start their search at VirginiaGrown.com, where they can search by county or zip code for a farm, farmers’ market or retail lot featuring Virginia trees. “Locally-grown trees have many advantages,” said Charles Green, VDACS’ Marketing Director. “They don’t travel long distances, so they are fresher and retain their needles longer than a tree brought in from another state.” He notes that growers from Western states often pack their trees on ice to keep them fresh and aid in needle retention during transport across the country.

“When freshness counts, as it does in Christmas trees, you can’t get any fresher than cutting it yourself,” said Green. He says the other good choice is to look for locally-grown trees or the Virginia Grown logo that shows a tree was grown and harvested in Virginia.

Editor’s note:
The Virginia Grown nursery logo, below, is available here: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/logos.shtml

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