Christmas Tree Farmers Work Throughout the Year to Make December Green

Dec 5, 2017

Christmas tree farmer Mike McCartha shakes the debris from a tree before wrapping it up for the trip to his customer's home.
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Mike McCartha and Bryan Price are tow two men who essentially make their entire year's livings in one month.  They're Christmas tree farmers.  It takes year-round to grow Christmas trees and successfully market them. Growers like McCartha and Price say they like seeing smiling faces returning year after year. 

McCartha says he enjoys being outdoors in nature all year, but adds that he loves his job because "it's one of the few businesses where all your customers are in a good mood."   Growing Christmas trees started out as a hobby for Price.  That was more than 30 years ago.    Though it’s a lot of work,  he enjoys seeing customers who have bought trees from him since they were dating, and now their children have grown up and are coming to him for their own trees.