When I ask the question “what does Christmas mean to Oregon”, I am not referring to the spirit of giving, of the hope and love that Oregonians feel. I’m not asking about the faith and devotion that the holiday renews in so many of our residents. I am asking instead on an economic level what Christmas means to our state.
For those of you reading this that have never visited the beautiful Pacific Northwest, then you might not know that Oregon is the leading state in Christmas tree production. Over 63,000 acres of Oregon’s stunning countryside is devoted to growing the trees that decorate homes across the nation. In 2013, the Christmas tree production in Oregon represented a harvest of 6.4 million trees! What this represents is a thriving industry worth approximately $110 million. Beautiful and welcoming Christmas tree farms are located throughout Oregon, from just outside the Portland Metro Area to eastern Oregon in Umatilla County. When the holiday season arrives, residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to U-cut farms and have endless opportunities for on-the-farm entertainment, including wagon rides, hot chocolate and gift shops. If you are looking to get your Christmas tree directly from the source, check out these local and family owned farms!
So, just a thought to keep in mind when you are decorating that beautiful tree this season: most likely that quintessential Christmas symbol was grown right here in Oregon! If you or someone you know is interested in owning and operating an Oregon Christmas tree farm, let us know. We would be thrilled to connect buyers and sellers with the perfect farm or rural property for this thriving Oregon industry!