Lycoming County Christmas tree farm opens for holiday season

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HUGHESVILLE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — This weekend marks the start of the Christmas season and many people are already getting in the spirit.

A local tree farm has its hands full keeping up with the demand and operating with fewer workers. The ground is covered with snow making it feel like the holidays are here.

“Today was awesome. I think it really puts people in the spirit to go up and cut a tree,” Corrin Myers of Myers’ Christmas Tree Farm said.

Myers’ Christmas Tree Farm in Hughesville officially opened on Black Friday and since then it’s been busy non-stop.

“We hear a lot of farms have closed, a lot of retail lots have closed. So, we’re hearing people that are coming from Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Milton, Reading, Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and as far as New Jersey, New York, and Maryland,” owner Jeff Myers said.

Jeff Myers says they’ve also had issues with finding enough workers and the tree shortage.

“We always had enough trees to take on our original customers that have come here for almost 20, 30, 40 years. We’ve taken on about four times as much as we used to though,” Myers said.

With the increased demand, Myers says they may decide to close early for the season.

“This year I think we’re forecasting to be around that as well, around December 13th. Possibly before if business stays as rapid as it has been,” Myers said.

Families were pouring in all day and say picking a real tree doesn’t compare to the artificial one.

“I’ve done it all my life. My husband, I had to get him on board but I think he’s getting used to it too. There’s something about a real Christmas tree, the smell, the tradition of coming out and getting it,” Alisha Fleishmann of Hughesville said.

Andrew Kremser from lock haven says it’s all about selecting your own tree with the ones you love.

“We have a tradition that my kids get to pick the tree every year so they alternate years as to which one gets to the pick the tree,” Kremser said.

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