KINGSVILLE, Ohio — There have been plenty of headlines about Christmas tree shortages across the country, but Ohioans are unlikely to feel the ripple effects.
What You Need To Know
- Jeff Greig and his brother own Greig Christmas Tree Farm
- The farm located in Northeast Ohio lets customers pick their tree and select the date for it to be cut down
- Greig doesn't believe a tree shortage will impact Ohio because of an abundance of tree farms in the state
Jeff Greig grew up on a Christmas tree farm.
"We've had our farm since 1956. Our dad and uncle started it. And they've both passed away but my brother and I we keep it going," said Greig, co-owner of Greig Christmas Tree Farm.
Greig has become an expert on picking trees.
"When my brother and I are out here tagging, he has a different idea of what the perfect tree is and I have a different idea or I have an idea of what the perfect tree is. So it's each persons own preference. And some of the trees he picks out I don't care for. And some of the trees I pick out to cut he doesn't care for," said Greig.
This time of year, he combs through 300 acres of 15,000 trees to get ready for Christmas.
"We're tagging trees right now. And these are the trees that we're going to cut for the Christmas season," said Greig.
Greig tags trees to be sold customers. They can also visit the farm in northeast Ohio and tag the tree they want.
"People come out and pre-tag a tree and what they'll do is they'll give us a cut date and then we'll cut it a day or two before and we'll have it at our retail location in Willoughby Hills," said Greig.
While there are headlines about a Christmas tree shortage, Greig said that's not something people in Ohio need to worry about.
"Out west, you know, especially in Oregon and Washington, you know, with the tremendous heat that they had out there they definitely had some problems. And those are huge farms out there. I mean places that are selling hundreds of thousands of trees a year wholesale," said Greig. "We don't really notice that east of the Mississippi as much because most of those trees are going to stay west of Mississippi. A lot of the trees that are cut by the big wholesalers east of the Mississippi are coming from Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina and for the most part that weather has been alright."
But the shortage doesn't just affect live trees, it's impacting artificial ones as well.
The American Christmas Tree Association said the U.S. supply chain overload could mean fewer artificial trees will be available this season. Something that could be good for Greig's bottom line. Until then, he will enjoy the work on his farm.
"It's a lot of fun to be out here. It never really seems like work," said Greig. "It's just something that we've always done and I enjoy it."