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Local Christmas tree shopping is underway

Warm weather brings out early shoppers to tree farms

Local Christmas tree farmers are gearing up for their busiest time of the year, including Hollow Brook Farms in Brimfield, pictured. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
December 01, 2011
With Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday in the books, local Christmas tree farm owners know they are about to become very busy over the next two weekends.

Black Friday usually marks the commencement of Christmas tree hunting season, which was certainly the case this year. Marshall Morse, the owner of Morse Lumber Company, Inc. in Southbridge, has been pleased with the number of customers he has seen so far, many of whom took advantage of mild temperatures over the holiday weekend. People were bundled in jackets as they searched for trees at this time last year, but a few T-shirts could be seen on Saturday and Sunday during an unseasonably warm late November stretch.

"We have had a decent start thanks to the exceptional weather," Morse said. "It brings out more customers and makes it much easier to work outside. It is still fairly early, and we are expecting to have many customers come to the farm during the next few weekends."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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