Each year, Santa loads up and heads down south.
As do many Christmas tree farmers around the country. An example of that would be the guys from Raven’s Cliff Farms; except they don’t load a sleigh with toys, they load trucks with fresh cut Fraser Firs, and they don’t wait until Christmas. Because the time for Christmas trees are the fews weeks before Santa comes.
“I can guarantee we have the freshest product in Shreveport”, says Heath Hall with Raven’s Cliff Farms.
Raven’s Cliff Farms is located in Avery County, North Carolina – but each year their product, the Fraser Fir can be found right here in Shreveport.
If you were to visit Lowe’s or Home Depot, you could find a Fraser Fir, but finding one that wasn’t cut in mid-October is the hard part. Meaning they’re not really fresh.
The trees available at Raven’s Cliff Farms, were cut last week, making a huge difference. They’re located on the corner of Bert Kouns and Wallace Lake Road (just down the street from Swoop).
Real Shreveport recently dropped by to talk with the guys about their product. Heath Hall with Raven’s Cliff Farms has been selling trees in Shreveport for nine years. He says his customers really enjoy these fresh cut Frazer Firs, and he enjoys providing them with the product. The product being a Christmas tree, grown and harvested in Avery County, North Carolina – located in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“All of these trees are grown and maintained by us, on our farm back home. We have trees ranging in-between 5 feet to 14 feet tall. We harvest them ourselves, fertilize them, and have them cut and delivered fresh to Shreveport”, says Heath Hall.
Hall also says if you want a Fraser Fir, you better come get one this week, because they’re going fast (they always go fast)
“We started selling the day before Thanksgiving. It’s looking good, we’re down to about 260 trees, you probably need to come out before the weekend, because we’re selling about 50 a day”, says Hall.
Another interesting fact about the Fraser Fir, it’s in the White House, the White House Christmas tree is selected from various growers nationwide. Growers in the state of North Carolina have provided 12 trees, more than any other state. The states of Washington and Wisconsin, as of 2011, share the second highest total of trees provided for the White House with seven. The White House Christmas tree has been displayed in the Blue Room many times since 1961. A tradition started by, then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
The president and his family have a fresh Fraser Fir in their home, and hundreds of people are Shreveport are doing the same. I recommend checking out Raven’s Cliff Farms. Their trees are fresh – check that – their tress are the freshest.
Another interesting note: North Carolina produces over 12% of the real Christmas trees in the United States. With over 1,600 Christmas Tree growers, with a total of 34.2 million trees growing; it’s easy to see why North Carolina ranks second in the nation in trees harvested, and first in the nation in terms of dollars made per tree. North Carolina Fraser Fir has been judged the Nations Best through the National Christmas Tree Association. Nearly all the of the Christmas Trees produced in North Carolina are Fraser fir.