• Local growers shipping out thousands of Christmas trees ahead of holidays

    By: Dave Faherty


    AVERY COUNTY, N.C. - Recent rain this fall has provided plenty of moisture for Christmas trees in the mountains.

    Tree growers in Avery County have been shipping trees so families across the country can buy them over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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    Eyewitness News reporter Dave Faherty traveled to several farms near Newland Thursday and found people hard at work prepping trees for shipment.

    In Avery County alone, about 1 million trees will be harvested this year.

    Channel 9 learned that although there are plenty of Christmas trees to choose from this season, shoppers may have to be flexible on sizes because growers scaled back their operations during the recession 10 years ago.

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