Category Archives: Christmas trees

‘Farm Fresh’ talk on Rockingham radio

Listen to Diane chat with “Let’s Talk” radio host Mike Moore on Rockingham County Radio about choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms (and a few other things). This 10-minute segment aired on Dec. 2.  Diane will regularly report on farm-fresh happenings across the … Continue reading

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Sharpen your ax for choose-and-cut Christmas trees

When I visited nearly every choose-and-cut tree farm in the NC mountains two years ago, I headed out on the first Saturday in December. Much to my delight, every other car had a Christmas tree strapped to its roof. That … Continue reading

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My NC Christmas tree confession

Although the variety in local Christmas trees is growing, most trees grown in North Carolina are Fraser firs, specifically 96 percent. North Carolina is second (behind Oregon) in the number of Christmas trees produced nationally. The 2010 tree harvest is … Continue reading

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Stay, play, and learn on a farm near you

Want to spend a night, a weekend, or longer on a farm? My book will give you more than two dozen options in NC. In the meantime, you can read about five of them in the September issue of Southern … Continue reading

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Fall crops, agritourism star on small screen Sept. 3

This just in from the marketing division of the NC Department of Agriculture. I can’t attest to the quality of the show, because I haven’t previewed it, nor did I see the spring segment, but here’s the skinny: “The second episode … Continue reading

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Christmas tree trivia: who earns top star?

So which US state do you think grows the most Christmas trees? That would be Oregon. But the red-ribbon winner might surprise you — my home state of North Carolina. Oregon harvests 7.5 million trees to our 5.5 million. Santa … Continue reading

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