Getting Christmas Tree

Christmas trees selling quickly ahead of holiday season, drought raises concerns over future

By Andrew Haubner

November 28, 2022 / 6:42 PM / CBS Sacramento

CAMINO — Christmas is coming early for Eli McGee and other tree farmers like Chad Ericson.

“We have a limited number of trees to sell,” said McGee, who co-owns a farm in the Apple Hill area of Placerville. “So we kinda have a quota and they go fast.”

“We’ve been swamped the last three years including this year,” Ericson, who owns a tree lot in West Sacramento, explained. “And it’s because people have been at home.”

A business built on tradition weathered the storm of the pandemic.

“We’ve watched kids be raised from the time they came in as babies and now they’re 10-15 years old so it’s pretty cool,” says Ericson.

But it now faces new challenges: wildfires on the one hand and drought on the other.

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