Short season for Christmas tree farms

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Nov 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

ST. PAUL, Minn.  -- This could be a short season for Christmas tree growers in Minnesota as Thanksgiving falls on the latest possible date this year.

With one fewer weekend before Christmas, many farms opened Saturday.

The state Department of Agriculture's Paul Hugunin says it's not as easy to market real trees as artificial ones. He says Christmas tree growers are much more dependent on things like the weather and getting people out to the farm each year, which can be a challenge.

Hugunin says the state has around 60 Christmas tree farms that produce an estimated half-million trees a year. A list of local farms and grower-owned lots can be found in the Minnesota Grown Directory.

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