WILSON, NY-- The rush has been on all week to get Christmas Tree Farms ready for this weekend after Thanksgiving.
At Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure in Wilson, they're harvesting their locally grown Christmas Trees. "This is one of our Fraser Firs, about 13 and a half foot tall," David Erway Jr., owner of Erway's Christmas Tree Adventure, said. "This is a great year, had a lot of good rainfall over the season, for the summer, and a great spring too for planting."
Erway says this year is turning out to be among the best in years for many local tree farms, thanks mostly to the recent wet summer and fall, and lots of warmth. "Good needle retention for moisture... if the conditions are wetter, then the needles will stay a lot longer."
Erway says he only gets a small amount of trees from out of state since the shipments aren't always dependable with the tree supply. "Don't know what the quality of the tree will be from season to season," Erway said.
But that even locally growing trees isn't an easy process and takes years and years of work. "A tree will grow 2 to 3 feet a year but you have to keep it to a foot because if not there would be spacing in the tree," Erway explained. "So you have to manicure the tree as it goes... 9 inches to a foot a year."