HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — Every year around this time, those tree farms you see in passing during the summer become packed with families filled with holiday spirit.
The process of growing these symbols of Christmas takes more than just a month.
“We start in the spring. We start by cutting stumps and deciding how many trees we’re going to plant and so on. This year we’ve planted over 2,500,” said the owner of High Meadow Tree Farm Joel Laczak.
High Meadow Tree Farm planted so many additional trees just to keep up with the demand, which has skyrocketed over the last few years.
On top of that, Mother Nature wasn’t so kind, especially last year.
“We lost some trees last year, several hundred, from the wet weather. You’d think that a lot of rain would be great for most crops but you get too much rain and even trees can drown in the ground,” said Laczak.
Conditions have been much better for growing this year thankfully.
Whether it’s rain, animals, or some other factor, Laczak does his best to be ready for the busiest time of the year. That peak season is a little late this year.
“It’s a little weird this year because Thanksgiving is so late. But generally yeah, the day after Thanksgiving,” said Laczak.
So forget that Black Friday shopping, some other families might be heading out to the farm to start decorating for Christmas.
Picking out a Christmas tree is a tradition like none other for families as we get towards the holiday season and farms like High Meadow are always excited to be a part of that tradition.
“We’re in the second generation with a lot of our customers now. Their kids are coming back now with their kids and that’s pretty cool to see,” said Laczak.