MIDDLEBURY – Governor Phil Scott and Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts visited the Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury to celebrate with the help of Vermont’s farmers the start of the Christmas season.
The trees cut during this visit will decorate the Pavilion Building in Montpelier, which houses the Governor’s Office.
“As we enter the holiday season, Vermont and its people, including our farmers, offer so many reasons to celebrate,” said Governor Phil Scott.
According to the 2017 USDA Census, there are 3,650 acres in Christmas tree production in Vermont across 70 farms.
“Getting a fresh local tree brings us joy and happiness this time of year while also helping our Christmas tree growers by keeping the Green Mountains in agriculture,” said Secretary Tebbetts.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the value of the Christmas tree industry in Vermont is more than $2.6 million.
Vermont holiday trees also decorate homes in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia each year, with thousands of Green Mountain trees sold in urban pop-up markets.
The Werner Tree Farm began farming Christmas trees near Middlebury in 1986, and they welcome the public to cut or pick their own tree, as do other cut-your-own tree farms across Vermont.
“It’s a special time of year for our family,” said Cheryl Werner of Werner Tree Farm. “We love spreading joy and happiness at our Christmas Tree Farm.”
Vermont’s many tree farmers take pride in the wide variety of natural trees and other working lands products available this time of year
“The toughest part is the endless choices we have at Vermont’s ‘cut and choose’ operations in every corner of the state,” said Secretary Tebbetts.
In addition, visitors to Vermont participate in the holiday tradition by hauling home freshly cut trees.