Christmas tree growers say the first few weeks of December are a key tree-shopping period…and except for last week's winds, conditions have been good for tree sales.
"Weather's been fine, especially much better than last year."
Sam Minturn owns The Hilmar Forest, a Christmas tree farm in the Merced County town of Hilmar.
Heavy snow last year in the foothills prevented many farms from opening since snow covered the bottom of the tree trunks and prevented them from being cut.
Minturn is also executive director of the California Christmas Tree Association. He says despite higher fuel prices earlier this year, you should expect to pay about the same for a tree as last year.
"Everything I hear so far, it's pretty much the same as a year ago, in other words the growers haven't passed that increase on to their customers in the price of trees."
And Minturn says there should be no shortage of precut trees with supplies coming from Oregon and Washington to help meet demand.