Christmas tree higher price fills local pockets

Oregon, Washington growers see increased profit

A family looks for a Christmas tree to cut down in a Washington tree farm, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A family looks for a Christmas tree to cut down in a Washington tree farm, Nov. 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — If you’re getting a Christmas tree this year, it may cost a little bit more. But the highers prices are going into the pockets of growers in Oregon and Washington.

Growers this year will get about $20 for the average tree, according to the Salem-based Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association. That’s about $2 more than last year.

There are about 1000 Christmas tree farmers in the Pacific Northwest.

With much of Oregon and Washington’s commercial Christmas tree harvest now behind them growers said they expect to see more retail shoppers who will find good prices and an abundance of good trees.

Tree farmer Bill Knapp said the industry worked off its oversupply of trees and prices seemed to return to normal — a 7-8 foot tree now sells for $35 to $40.

“The idea is the next couple years that we’ll go the other way. We’ll probably not have enough trees, but for this year and next year it seems pretty stable,” Knapp told KOIN 6 News. “The buyers are happy and the sellers should be happy.”

The Johnson family from Gresham among the first customers in the Knapp Farms Christmas tree field just east of Sandy to kick off Christmas with a new tree.

“It is fun coming outside with two boys, grandboys and a dog and a daughter and just picking the tree we love, which is perfect,” said Debbie Johnson.

They had a tree in the minivan and headed home by lunchtime.

 

Christmas trees being harvested, as seen on the website of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association (file)
Christmas trees being harvested, as seen on the website of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association (file)

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