Several contributors to Christmas tree shortage

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 6:03 PM CST
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PEORIA (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - Christmas trees are going just as fast as turkeys this year! The shortage last year is leaving its impacts on the years ahead. Supply chain issues, droughts from past and present, and wildfires are all the main contributors to the shortage.

Without these nationwide suppliers, smaller, local farms are impacted, because they can’t replenish or supplement their stock. Rob Stahl and his wife Kathy own the Cinnamon Tree Farm in Brimfield, and he said, “There’s definitely been some production problems. There was a drought back in 2012 that affected seedling trees at that time, and those trees would have been roughly ready to harvest here in this 2020 to 2021 timeframe. A lot of different factors going on, but there definitely is a shortage in trees at the moment.”

Stahl bought his own truck so he could do pick up and deliveries of trees himself. The good news is that he thinks the shortage is something that can be fixed. It just needs time, because it takes years to grow trees.

He also mentioned that in times like this supporting small businesses and smaller local farms is more important than ever.

The Cinnamon Tree Farm showcases many different small business items in their store such as bakery items, written and signed decorations, mugs, clothing, concrete coasters, and more -- all made from local small businesses.

So while you’re shopping for trees and wreaths, you can buy a couple of other neat items (or gifts) too and support small businesses!

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