BUFFALO, N.Y. — This year, as businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are looking to shop local to help small business owners.
As Christmas nears, many who are celebrating the holiday look forward to that comforting smell of a fresh pine in their living room.
If this is your first Christmas in the area, or your first time buying a locally grown tree, no worries, Erie County has a unique tool for that.
Many are already familiar with the "Erie Grown" website, which the county created to help boost local agriculture. The county's virtual map of farms is showing local tree farms with green dots on the map.
Live outside of Erie County? The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York has you covered. The association has a Tree Farm Locator on its website.
Many local Christmas tree farms are taking COVID-19 precautions and you can call ahead to ask, check their websites or social media accounts for more information.