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Christmas tree growers say there is a shortage of supply again this year, driving up prices

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Christmas tree growers across the country say demand is outstripping supply again this year, leading to higher prices and shortages of stock, with many predicting farms will have to close early. increase.

The reasons for the shortage can be traced back to the 2008 financial crisis. At this time, the Christmas tree farm did not expand as much as it needed to keep up with the increased demand.

“In 2008, people may not have expanded their farms because of the economy,” Shirley Brennen, executive director of the Canadian Christmas Tree Association, told CP24 on Tuesday.

“But what we are learning is [Statistics Canada] Farming report is for 2011-2021 and actually lost 20,000 acres of potential Christmas tree farms [due to] Retired or died, people have not taken over the farm. This he equates to 30 million trees. “

Over the past few years, some farmers have resorted to premature harvesting to keep up with rising demand, Brennen said, but most rely on in-season crops to ensure they have enough for the next year. I know how many trees I need to harvest.

Brennen also said the industry has nearly doubled in size since 2015.

“The demand is growing. When I say the demand is growing, it’s grown from a $53 million industry in 2015 to a $100 million industry in 2020, and we couldn’t have predicted that. ‘ said Brennen.

Demand for Christmas trees increased as the pandemic forced people to spend more time at home and with their families, Brennen said.

“During the pandemic, people stayed home and really valued family time. So having a Christmas tree brought people to the farm to spend time with their family.” she said.

“And that’s the residual effect we’re seeing again this year. We had an amazing first day.”

High demand for trees and rising costs of living, including gas prices, have all impacted Christmas tree prices this year, which are expected to rise by more than 10%.

This is after a similar shortage. It pushed prices up early in the pandemic.

Brennen told CTV News Northern Ontario This has led farmers to offer different types and sizes of trees to cater for different consumer prices.

“We have thinner trees, but we also have tabletop trees. We see people choosing to go for tabletop trees as well,” she said.

There are dozens of Christmas tree farms in the GTA and Southern Ontario, many of which opened last weekend.

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