Where to buy or cut your own fresh Christmas tree in Gloucester Twp.

NEW JERSEY — People in Gloucester Township who prefer freshly cut Christmas trees – whether they fell trees themselves or buy from retail – should have no trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group.

The Real Christmas Tree Board’s prediction comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers, who supply two-thirds of the fresh tree market, and 1,500 American adults ages 21 to 49. Growers across the country have an offering that aligns well with their interests, the board said.

“The real Christmas tree industry has met demand over the past year and will continue to meet demand this year,” said Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, in a press release. “This is essentially a year without surprises.”

Gloucester Township residents have plenty of options on the Real Christmas Tree Board website, which can be sorted by postcode and type. These include hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot, as well as these local farms:

In Camden County

Toboggan rides are also possible on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cash or Venmo accepted, no credit cards. All trees under $70. According to Facebook, the stock includes concolor (white) and Canaan firs as well as Norway and blue spruce. Choose and cut your own.

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Christmas sales and activities begin November 26th. Options to pre-cut and crop your own. Check Facebook for all the details.

For the Monroeville site, select fields will be cut and hauled from November 25 through December 18, Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Family activities begin on November 26th and take place over the weekend from 10am to 4pm, including a gingerbread land and Santa experience, a sleigh ride, visits to Christmas donkeys and a scavenger hunt with prizes for children.

  • Stimpson’s Tree Farm in Monroeville is closed for the 2022 season, according to Facebook.

In Burlington County

From November 25th open from Friday to Monday from 9am to 5pm. Closed Tuesday to Thursday. Pre-cut trees or fell your own. Varieties include Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce and Canaan Fir.

Spruce Goose also has a Christmas shop open December 16-18.

  • Cowperthwait Christmas Tree Farm in Southampton and Edward’s Christmas Tree Farm in Wrightstown had no information on their website for 2022 when Patch checked.

In Gloucester County

Open every Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving through December 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cash or personal check accepted; All trees on property are $60 (with sales tax). Cash and checks are accepted. You can fell your own tree if you wish, or have a member of staff do it for you.

According to the Belly Acres website, their farm has an abundance of Douglas fir, some Fraser fir and some blue spruce on the 16-acre field.

Christmas sales and activities begin November 26th. Options to pre-cut and crop your own. Check Facebook for all the details.

For the Sewell location, opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Family activities begin November 26 and run weekends from 10am to 4pm, including a hay ride to tree marking and Santa Claus Land, photo opportunities, a large indoor train exhibit and more.

Real trees can be more expensive

Like everything else, trees may cost a little more this year. Arborists who responded to the Real Christmas Tree Board’s survey said growing costs have increased. About 36 percent of respondents said costs increased 11 to 15 percent year-over-year, while 27 percent said costs increased 16 to 20 percent. Another 10 percent said production costs increased more than 21 percent year-on-year.

As a result, 71 percent of growers said they were likely to increase wholesale prices. That means trees could cost anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent or more.

Consumers seem to accept the expected price increases.

“While our grower survey tells us wholesale prices for physical Christmas trees are likely to be higher this year, our consumer survey tells us people were expecting just as much,” Gray said in the release. “The good news is that fans of real Christmas trees say they believe the trees are worth the price and are willing to pay more this year if need be to get one – and it isn’t either.” Surprise.”

Grower expectations for a healthy season are also being dampened by fears of supply chain disruptions, the top concern of 44 per cent of growers. About 35 percent said their biggest concern is that inflation-stricken consumers will cross real Christmas trees off their lists this year. About 21 percent of respondents reported concerns about labor availability.

The origin of the Christmas tree

The origin of the Christmas tree can be traced back long before the advent of Christianity, according to History.com.

In ancient times it was generally believed that the sun was a god. It seemed ailing as daylight waned in winter, but evergreen trees thriving in winter served as a reminder that the sun would be strong again and lush greenery and warmth would return.

Evergreen trees were considered a symbol of eternal life by the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Chinese. Pagans across Europe used evergreen plants in their homes to represent fertility and new life.

Christmas trees were first used by devout Christians in Germany. The 16th-century Protestant reformer Martin Luther is believed to have placed lighted candles on trees. He composed a sermon walking home on a winter’s evening, struck by the sight of the twinkling stars above the conifers, and reenacted the scene in a tree in his family’s main room.

Patch’s National Desk contributed to this report.

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