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Nipomo Christmas tree farm gears up for holiday season amid tree shortage

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You could be paying more for your Christmas tree this holiday season, depending on where you go.
 
Carl Holloway, Owner of Holloway's Christmas Tree Farm in Nipomo has been prepping his Christmas tree farm all year long for November 17th.

That's when the monterey pines start being cut down by families and become the focal point of living rooms for the holiday season.

His father planted the first Christmas trees here back in 1958. There's now 15,000 trees and this season, you can take your pick from 4,000 of them.
 
"It was a great year this year for weather obviously. 40 inches of rain. The color is great. We just got through shaping them up about three weeks ago," Holloway said.
 
Another 3,000 pre-cut trees will be trucked in.
 
"We're bringing in balsam fir, fraser fir, grand fir, noble fir," Holloway continued. "We're actually bringing in a few Colorado blue spruce, we're going to try."
 
Last year, they sold all their pre-cut trees by December 8th.
 
"So this year, we actually have, even in the midst of the shortage we were able to find probably another 700 trees. We have another truck coming," Holloway said.
 
Five trucks total will come with trees in tow from Washington and for the first time, from Wisconsin.
 
"And matter of fact the sister farm that we're buying from this year is putting the tree in the White House this year." 
 
Holloway says while wholesale prices have doubled in the last couple of years... 
 
"There's not as many growers as there used to be."
 
His prices will stay the same.
 
"We like to say we charge you about 75 dollars for a lot of fun for the family and on the way out we give you a tree," Holloway concluded.
 
The farm will stay open through Christmas Eve like years past.

Holloway adds, besides fewer Christmas tree farmers, another reason for the shortage this year is that other countries, like China, Japan and Dubai are buying up more trees.

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