Smaller Christmas tree sellers are going out of business due to a surplus of trees and big box stores taking over the market.
The economic downturn has also put more pressure on the little guys.
“It's harder for the smaller guy to find a market for his trees due to the economy and bigger growers making deals with bigger businesses,” said Ken Bunt of Roseburg. Bunt grows trees in the Yoncalla and Scio areas.
“There's less small tree farms,” said Kim Adams, who, with husband Phil, owns the Oakland Tree Farm. “Every year we see a few more go.”
Wayman Schmidt, who has been in the Christmas tree business in the Camas Valley area since 1975, said just a few years ago he harvested and sold 20,000 trees. But in the last three or four years his operation has cut and sold only 8,000 to 9,000 trees.
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