There is a small selection of cut-your-own trees

Shorewood area residents who prefer a fresh cut tree for Christmas shouldn't have trouble finding them in 2022.
Shorewood area residents who prefer a fresh cut tree for Christmas shouldn’t have trouble finding them in 2022. (Lisa Frost/Patch)
SHOREWOOD, IL — People in the Joliet area who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group. The prediction by the Real Christmas Tree Board comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers that supply two-thirds of the market for fresh trees and 1,500 U.S. adults ages 21-49. “The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year, and it will meet demand this year,” Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, said in a news release. “This is essentially a year without surprises.” One popular Shorewood business where people often went to purchase their Christmas trees is not open anymore. In July, the Tri-County Stockdale Company of Joliet along West Black Road burned down during a horrific fire that took Troy Township firefighters several days to put out. The entire property has been leveled in the wake of the fire. Despite the loss of the long-time Shorewood business, residents of Shorewood have plenty of options, sortable by ZIP code and by type, on the Real Christmas Tree Board website. They include:

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Choose-and-cut: Anderson Tree Farm Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: 508 Illinois 126, Plainfield, Details: There is a small selection of cut-your-own trees, mainly because Christmas trees are a ten-year crop and still growing. However, the farm is bringing in some nice Fraser fir trees from North Carolina. Shake and wrap provided. The field is open for cutting trees, but the farm prefers that customers buy the precut. Lots of lovely pre-cut Frasers available, $65 to $200, with wreaths, roping, free hot chocolate and a warming room with a fire pit. Call ahead and check for availability for cut-your-own.Phone: 815-436-2140 Tammen Treeberry Farm Hours of Operation: Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily starting Nov. 25, while supplies last. Location: 37131 Essex Road, Wilmington Cost: $60 for any tree you choose and cut yourself. There is a $7 charge for shaking and baling. Details: Tammen Treeberry Farm is one of the largest choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in Illinois, with 160 acres of Christmas trees. The price is $65 per tree regardless of size. If you wish to have the tree shaken and baled, there is a $7 charge for that.The farm has Scotch pine and white pine, Douglas, Fraser and balsam fir trees. The farm doesn’t have as many trees to sell, so the season may close early, so call ahead.Phone: 815-458-6264 Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora. Closed Mondays, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the rest of the week through Dec. 23. Larson’s Family Farm, 4404 Somonauk Road, Sandwich. Closed Mondays, open 2 to 4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Lee’s Trees 2, 45W002 Lees Road, Lily Lake. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19 or until sold out. Pine-Apple Farm, 309 Three Oaks Road, Cary. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. Seasonal lot: Gorman Tree Farm, 6607 W. Bruns Road, Monee. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Sandhill Christmas Trees, 1117 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. Puckerville Farms Hours of Operation: Open for the season on Nov. 25, and open daily while supplies last; 3 to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Location: 13332 Bell Road, Lemont Details: Choose from the selection of Fraser firs ranging from 4 feet to 12 feet tall. New in 2021: Custom decorated wreaths, 25-foot garland selections and Christmas pot Fraser bundles also available. Trees are cut and trucked in from Michigan, and displayed on the Lemont farm. Trees range in price from $75 to $350. Tying them on your car is an extra. Credit/debit cards accepted. Phone: 708-508-0906

Garden center:

Graff Gardens & Farm, 7250 Southwest Highway, Worth Home improvement store: Menards Crest Hill, 17441 Weber Road. While supplies last. Menards Joliet, 2524 W Jefferson Street. While supplies last. The Home Depot, 3001 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, while supplies last. The Home Depot, 621 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, while supplies last.

Real Trees May Be Pricier

Trees, like everything else, may cost a little more this year. Tree growers answering the Real Christmas Tree Board’s survey said growing costs have increased. About 36 percent of respondents said costs were up 11 percent 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 increase wholesale prices. That means trees could cost anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent or more. Consumers seem to be taking the expected price hikes in stride. “While our grower survey tells us wholesale prices are likely to be higher for real Christmas trees this year, our consumer survey tells us people expected as much,” Gray said in the news release. “The good news is fans of real Christmas trees say they believe the trees are worth the price, and they are willing to pay more this year if necessary to get one — and that’s not a surprise either.” Growers’ expectations of a healthy season are also tempered by fears of supply chain disruptions, the No. 1 concern of 44 percent of growers. About 35 percent said their top concern is that inflation-strapped consumers will cut real Christmas trees from their lists this year. About 21 percent of respondents cited labor availability concerns. The Origin Of Christmas Trees The origin of the Christmas tree can be traced to long before the advent of Christianity, according to In ancient times, it was commonly believed the sun was a god. It appeared to be sick as daylight waned in the winter, but evergreens thriving during winter were a reminder that the sun would become strong again and lush greenery and warmth would return. Evergreen trees were seen as a symbol of eternal life among ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Chinese. Pagans throughout Europe used evergreens in their homes to represent fertility and new life.[livestreamtv-germany-vs-spain-live-online-tv-world-cup-2022-broadcast-on-tv-channel-27-november-2022[bein-sports-spain-vs-germany-live-streaming-broadcast-27-november-2022[total-sportek-spain-vs-germany-free-live-stream-112722[livestream-tv-fifa-world-cup-spain-2022-spain-vs-germany-live-free-online-broadcast-27november-2022[redditstreams-germany-vs-spain-live-streamreddit-on-tv[livestreamstv-fifa-world-cup-2022-germany-vs-spain-live-broadcast-on-free-mobile-27-november-2022,57845687.html Christmas trees were first used by devout Christians in Germany. The 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther is believed to have added lighted candles to trees. He was composing a sermon as he walked home on a winter evening and was struck by the sight of stars twinkling above the evergreens, and recreated the scene in a tree in his family’s main room.

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