December Is Virginia Christmas Tree Month

Virginia growers are preparing to sell a lot of fresh Christmas trees for the holiday season.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state has more than 500 Christmas tree farms. To encourage the purchase of a Virginia grown tree, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed December as “Virginia Christmas Tree Month.”
State Officials say that choosing a Virginia-grown tree means purchasing a renewable, recyclable product that supports local economies and the state’s largest industry, which is agriculture.
Most of the choose-and-cut farms will open up right after Thanksgiving. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, the Virginia Christmas tree industry ranks seventh in the U.S. by total trees harvested.