Georgia Christmas tree growers prepared, not at the mercy of the supply chain

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — While supply chain issues are leading to problems getting artificial Christmas trees into homes, Georgia tree growers say they aren’t being affected.

Kathy Cooper has spent the last 36 years growing Christmas trees.

“I look forward to it every year. I know in advance I’ll be really tired,” Kathy said.

But it’s the “good” kind of tired. Cooper’s Tree Farm in Hall County is a holiday tradition.

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“Well, it’s the only thing we really know. We wouldn’t be getting artificial trees. Right? We’ve never had an artificial tree,” customer Ann Gainey said.

It’s a good thing for Christmas tree farms, because the supply chain has drastically delayed delivery of the plastic variety. There’s even a shortage of Frazier Firs that are trucked in from North Carolina. Cooper’s has a long trailer full of those, but also hundreds of Georgia grown Christmas trees that you cut down yourself.

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“I’ve always been a fan of having a real tree as a family. Especially from places like this. Supporting local businesses is what it’s all about,” local resident Dillon Stoehr said.

Kathy Cooper says she’s grateful to not be at the mercy of the supply chain. She says if you like what’s known as Leyland Cyprus or Carolina Sapphire Christmas trees, her farm will have just what you are looking for.

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“They love them, and I do too. I like them,” Kathy said.

Cooper says they will plant 1,000 Christmas trees on her farm so she’ll be ready for next year.

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