MEDFORD, Ore --- U Cut Christmas Tree Farm is getting ready for opening day.
"I know people are anxious, because I'm getting a bunch of phone calls, emails and text messages." said Larry Ryerson. He is part owner of the farm.
He says Oregon is seeing a Christmas tree shortage and there are a few reasons for it. One reason is there are less Christmas tree farms. "People are going into hemp and other things." said Ryerson. Plus he says the big growers up north are sending their trees elsewhere. "Like Hawaii and Southern California; where they can get lots of money for them."
The farm opens the day after Thanksgiving at 10:00 am. He didn't know if the farm was even going to open this year and it had nothing to do with a tree shortage. "We lost all the farm equipment in the house fire." said Ryerson. Their house, saws, equipment and 4 wheelers were lost in a fire this past July.
He says the farm received so much support from the community. "The community donated and bought the stuff for us. Just overwhelming, just awesome." said Ryerson.
The Christmas Tree Farm is open this year, because of donations. So, even though there is a tree shortage he doesn't want to increase his prices after so many people helped. "I don't want to gouge everybody for helping us. I know people would probably pay more money for trees." said Ryerson.
He hopes to have the farm open the two weekends after Thanksgiving.