Ample supply of trees still for sale this season despite talk of a shortage

  • A sign in front of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church gift shop where Christmas trees are sold.

  • Rob Maurais wipes water off the branches of a 16-foot Christmas tree at the lot where he and his brother sell trees and wreaths at Everett Arena as another 16-footer lies on the ground after being knocked over during the rain and wind storm came through the area on Monday night. Maurais was waiting for the branches to dry out before picking up the other tree. “You pick that up now and your pants will be soaked through.” GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • One of the wreaths that Rob Maurais sells at Everett Arena on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. One to two inches of rain fell overnight with 40 mph winds caused over 2,000 homes to lose power. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff 
Published: 12/1/2020 5:19:56 PM

You might have to look a little harder for a Christmas tree this year if staffing problems due to COVID-19 have closed your usual store, but there seems to be no shortage of trees.

“I haven’t heard about any supply issues,” said Gail McWilliam Jellie, director of the state Division of Agricultural Development.

At Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Concord, manager Tom Worthington said his store has been dealing with the same supplier in Nova Scotia for years and received its usual batch, in this case 300 trees.

“I’ve been told there’s not as many people out there (selling trees) as in the past,” Worthington said.

Most cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in the state are also open but many are asking for customers to make a reservation in advance to avoid crowding.

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