Christmas trees flying off the lot at Bustard’s in Montgomery County

Bustard’s Christmas Trees has been in business for 93 years and for some, coming and choosing a tree is a tradition.

Meanwhile, others are arriving from abroad to find the best.

“We were looking for the best place to get trees, it was about an hour’s drive,” explained Marie White.

The White family drove from Claymont, Delaware to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in hopes of finding the perfect tree.

The co-owner of Bustard’s says their freshly cut trees range in height from three feet to as much as 15 feet, with a ton of cultivars.

“We have Frazier pelts, Douglass pelts, Norman pelts,” said Glenn Bustard, co-owner of Bustard’s Christmas Trees.

It’s the little ones who seem to be the harshest critics.

“We want a tree that is thick at the bottom and thin at the top,” explained the Kauffman family.

However, costs vary by size and variety — and prices have risen this year.

According to the Real Christmas Tree Board, demand is booming and so are costs across the board. They say most growers cited a five to 15 percent increase in wholesale prices compared to last year.

“Tree prices have gone up, our trucking costs had gone up, the overall cost of tending the trees with gas prices and mowing around them. Vehicle and fertilizer costs have all gone up this year, so naturally tree prices had to go up a little bit,” Bustard said.

Experts say the price spike is due to supply chain issues and inflation.

Customers are noting the sharp spike but say they must do what they can for the holidays.

“We mostly see a difference in grocery stores, in prices of course, but you have to choose what means the most to you. You’ll still be shopping, you just have to be smart about what you’re getting,” explained Skippack’s Trish Todd.

Shoppers agree that it’s always nice to shop locally.

“Small local businesses, you get it,” Todd said.

Bustard’s sold around 700 Christmas trees on Saturday alone.

They are open until sold out.

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