NJ kicks off 'choose and cut tree' season

Business. Governor Murphy declared "Christmas Tree Day" and encouraged residents to visit local farms in upcoming weeks. Hundreds of New Jersey's farms will benefit from residents' purchases of Christmas trees during "choose and cut tree" season.

07 Dec 2019 | 09:47

New Jersey is ranked sixth in the nation for number of Christmas growers, with hundreds of farms that grow more than 5,000 acres of Christmas trees in the state. More than 80,000 trees are cut in New Jersey annually, and this week the Garden State kicked off the "choose and cut" Christmas season.

Governor Murphy signed a proclamation this weekend, at Glenview Farms in Warren County, for Jersey Grown Christmas Tree Day, to encourage New Jerseyans to support the state’s farmers by visiting choose and cut Christmas tree farms.

“Choosing a Christmas tree at one of the hundreds of farms in our state is an annual family tradition that spans generations," said NJ Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher.

Glenview Farm’s Blue Spruce was a Reserve Grand Champion winner in the 2019 New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association annual tree contest held at the Middlesex County Fair earlier this year. It has been a long-standing tradition that the kick-off of the choose and cut Christmas tree season takes place at a Grand Champion's farm.

The New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, organized in 1950, is a statewide organization of growers, professionals and industry leaders dedicated to the promotion and marketing of Christmas trees and related products. A listing of farms consumers can visit as well as the types of trees that best fit a need are available at www.njchristmastrees.org.