Now that the Halloween pumpkin and Thanksgiving turkey have had their turn in the seasonal spotlight, the public turns its attention to another Oregon agricultural product: the Christmas tree.
With an ideal climate for evergreens, Oregon has long been the #1 grower of fresh Christmas trees in the nation. Last year Oregon’s Christmas tree production was valued at an impressive $123.9 million, making it the 11th largest out of 220+ agriculture products raised in the state, according to the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Assn. reports that there are 700 Christmas tree farmers in Oregon, raising 5.2 million trees on 42,000 acres.
To help consumers find family farms selling Christmas trees, and other favorites of winter harvest, Oregon Farm Bureau offers the searchable Oregon’s Bounty website.
With a smartphone, search for “Oregon’s Bounty” or go directly to oregonfb.com/oregonsbounty to quickly and easily find family farms selling Christmas trees — as well as other seasonal ag products, such as holly, wreaths, hazelnuts, chestnuts, cranberries, pears, apples, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and garlic.
Oregon’s Bounty allows visitors to search for farms by region and/or a specific ag product. Each of the more than 300 listings of farms and ranches includes hours of operation, contact information, and driving directions.
One of these is Green Ridge Christmas Tree Farm, an almost-100-year-old farm owned and operated by Fritz Ellett, president of Wasco County Farm Bureau. Green Ridge offers u-cut and pre-cut Christmas trees, selling directly to the public from the farm, instead of on the wholesale market.