Forget the early advertisements and decorations. Truly, the most vivid — and firriest — sign of Christmas coming is the sprouting of freshly cut trees on car roofs, seasonal ornaments hauled home from farms and tree lots across New Jersey. They’ll be reaching critical mass any day, ferried along the highways, stolidly in contrast with the louder symbols of the season.
More than 80,000 of them are cut in New Jersey each year — everything from spruce (White, Norway and Colorado Blue) to fir (Canaan, Concolor, Fraser, Douglas and Noble). And let’s not forget the pine (Eastern White and Scotch). The state ranks sixth in the nation for the number of growers, with hundreds of farms growing more than 5,000 acres of Christmas trees, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture.
The New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers’ Association has a list of farms consumers can visit as well as the types of trees available.