The magic of Ashe County Christmas tree shopping
November 21, 2011, 5:21am
The annual tree migration is well underway in the High Country. On the weekends especially it appears Fraser Firs have become standard rooftop features for a number of automobiles.
Many of the cars are leaving Ashe County, home to not just fine cheese but an excellent selection of Christmas trees. The Gaston Gazette focused Sunday on what it called "the land of Christmas trees and cheese curds." It defined not only the selling points of a real Christmas trees, but the variety of experiences around choosing one.
About 25,000 acres located here produce $100 million of Christmas trees, mainly fraser firs, annually.
“Fraser firs love the mountains,” said Jennifer Greene, executive director of the NC Christmas Tree Association. “They require good drainage and a colder climate—generally about 3,000 feet in elevation." ....
Each year growers add choose and cut trees to their business and then continually expand on the experience, providing complete Christmas shops, petting zoos, farm tours, hay rides, inflatables, pipe slides, marshmallow roasting and food and beverage services. Hotels and restaurants also provide packages.
Many locals have their favorite tree farms. The annual trip there is as much a part of their family Christmas tradition as shopping, school plays and family visits. It's a great time of the year to call the High Country home.