Christmas tree shortage less severe here than elsewhere

LAUREN MCNALLY, LEFT, Catherine Harrison and Dani Ellis celebrate after cutting their Christmas tree at Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury on Dec. 9. Werner had a limited supply of taller cut-your-own trees this year, but their sizeable pre-cut inventory is likely to keep them open through Christmas Eve. Other places in Vermont and the rest of the country have not been so lucky. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

As the 2021 Christmas tree season got under way, a Vermont wholesaler that sells to out-of-state markets approached the folks at Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury and offered to buy their entire stock for $60 a tree — well above the retail price.

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