There's nothing like a Vermont Xmas tree

With Christmas just around the corner, its time to think about where to find the perfect holiday tree for your home. You can find a variety of types, sizes and shapes of trees from several local Vermont tree growers. One of my favorite family traditions is choosing and cutting our own tree," said Roger Allbee, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Walking into the room and smelling the fresh tree aroma and its majestic presence in our home it wouldnt be the holidays without that. Why should you purchase a real Christmas tree? Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air. An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people. They also provide a habitat for wildlife. Artificial trees may last for a few years in your home, but they will last for centuries in a landfill. Vermont has approximately 4,500 acres devoted to Christmas trees and sells over 150,000 annually. All told, yearly sales total over $10 million which gives a seasonal boost to Vermonts economy. By buying a real tree from a local grower, you are supporting our farm community and keeping dollars in the local economy. Balsam fir represent the greatest percentage of trees grown in Vermont, however, Vermont growers also produce Fraser fir, Scotch pine, white pine, white spruce and blue spruce. Many local Christmas tree farms offer roping, swags and wreaths along with handmade crafts for Christmas. Going to the farm to choose and cut your own tree can be a great winter outing with the kids and a wonderful family tradition. To find a choose and cut farm or locations to buy already cut Vermont trees, visit www.vermontagriculture.com for a list of tree growers in Addison County.

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