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Christmas tree supply and sales at WNC Farmer's Market

Growers say a Fraser Fir Christmas tree only grows about 1 foot per year, so we will likely feel the impact of the shortage for a while. (Photo Credit: WLOS Staff).

A shortage of Christmas trees is impacting the supply across the country.

News outlets report a nationwide Christmas tree shortage is the result of farmers planting fewer trees when demand plummeted during the recession in 2008, or going out of business altogether.

News 13 checked in with the WNC Farmer’s Market in Asheville, to see how local supply stands.

Representatives say there are about 20 local growers who still have trees for sale.

Traditionally, the weekend of Thanksgiving and the weekend following are the market's busiest.

Local grower Jody Lovelace with Pine Valley Nursery in Spruce Pine, says he has noticed a lot of people are buying their trees earlier this year.

Lovelace says you may see higher prices as a result of the smaller supply. "I've heard that some of the folks have raised their prices as a result. I have not, but that may be something that I may have to consider for next year, depending on what the market does and the supply and demand,” he said.

Growers say a Fraser Fir Christmas tree only grows about 1 foot per year, so we will likely feel the impact of the shortage for a while.

Farmer's Market representatives say they have an abundant supply of Christmas wreaths for sale as well. For more information about the hours of the market, click here.

Meanwhile, Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Haywood County has announced its tree season has ended early.

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