Where to Buy or Cut Your Own Fresh Christmas Tree in Gloucester Twp.

NEW JERSEY — People in Gloucester Township who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut trees themselves or buy them from a store lot — should have no trouble finding them by 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group.

The Real Christmas Tree Board’s forecast comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers supplying two-thirds of the fresh tree market and 1,500 U.S. adults ages 21 to 49. Growers across the country have an offer that matches their interests, according to the board.

“The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year and will meet demand this year,” Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, said in a press release. “This is essentially a year with no surprises.”

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Gloucester Township residents have plenty of options, sorted by zip code and by type, on the Real Christmas Tree Board website. They include home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot, as well as these local farms:

In Camden County

Weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sleigh rides also possible. Cash or Venmo accepted, no credit cards. All trees under $70. The stock includes Concolor (white) and Canaan spruce, and Norway and blue spruce according to Facebook. Choose and cut your own.

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Christmas sales and activities begin on November 26. Options for pre-cut and self-cut. Check out Facebook for all the details.

For the Monroeville location, select fields are November 25 through December 18, Friday through Sunday with hours of operation 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family activities begin Nov. 26 and are weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a Gingerbread Land and Santa experience, sleigh rides, visits with Christmas donkeys, and a scavenger hunt with prizes for kids.

  • Stimpson’s Tree Farm in Monroeville is closed for the 2022 season, according to Facebook.

In Burlington County

Open Friday-Monday from 9am to 5pm starting November 25. Closed Tuesday-Thursday. Pre-felled trees or felling your own trees. Varieties include Douglas fir, blue spruce, Fraser fir, Norway spruce, and Canaan spruce.

Spruce Goose also has a Christmas shop open December 16-18.

  • Cowperthwait Christmas Tree Farm in Southampton and Edward’s Christmas Tree Farm in Wrightstown had no 2022 information on their website when Patch checked.

In Gloucester County

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, through December 18. Cash or personal check accepted; all trees on the lot are $60 (with sales tax). Cash and checks accepted. You can fell your own tree if you wish or have a member of staff do it for you.

According to the Belly Acres website, their farm has Douglas firs galore, some Fraser spruce, and some blue spruce in the 16-acre field.

Christmas sales and activities begin on November 26. Options for pre-cut and self-cut. Check out Facebook for all the details.

For the Sewell location, hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family activities begin Nov. 26 and are weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a hay ride to tag trees and Santa Land, photo opportunities, a large indoor train display, and more.

Real trees can be more expensive

Trees, like everything else, may cost a little more this year. Tree growers who answered the Real Christmas Tree Board’s survey said growing costs have risen. About 36 percent of respondents said costs increased 11 to 15 percent compared to last year, while 27 percent said costs increased 16 to 20 percent. Another 10 percent said the year-over-year increase in production costs was more than 21 percent.

As a result, 71 percent of growers said they would likely raise wholesale prices. That means trees can cost anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent or more.

Consumers seem to be responding rapidly to the expected price increases.

“While our survey of growers tells us that wholesale prices are likely to be higher this year for real Christmas trees, our consumer survey tells us that people expected it to be,” Gray said in the press release. “The good news is that fans of real Christmas trees say they believe the trees are worth the price, and they’re willing to pay more this year if necessary to get one – and that’s no surprise.”

Growers’ expectations for a healthy season are also tempered by fears of supply chain disruptions, the top concern of 44 percent of growers. About 35 percent said their biggest concern is that inflationary consumers will cross real Christmas trees off their lists this year. About 21 percent of respondents were concerned about labor availability.

The Origin of Christmas Trees

According to History.com, the origins of the Christmas tree can be traced back to well before the advent of Christianity.

In ancient times it was generally believed that the sun was a god. It seemed sick when daylight dwindled in winter, but evergreens that bloomed in winter were a reminder that the sun would come back strong and lush greenery and warmth would return.

Evergreen trees were seen as a symbol of eternal life among ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Chinese. Pagans across Europe used evergreens in their homes to represent fertility and new life.

Christmas trees were first used by devout Christians in Germany. The 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther is said to have added burning candles to trees. He was writing a sermon when he walked home one winter evening and was struck by the sight of stars twinkling above the evergreens, and he recreated the scene in a tree in his family’s main room.

Patch’s national desk contributed to this report.


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