A Very Merry Maryland!

A Very Merry Maryland!
‘Tis the season for celebrating holidays! If you and your family celebrate Christmas, then we bet you have a tree tradition. To celebrate all our Maryland Christmas Tree Farms, we’re giving a tree to three lucky families this year (up to $75 value). Starting November 17, follow the Maryland’s Best page (Facebook, Instagram, and X/Twitter @mdsbest), and like and comment on one of our giveaway posts with your families’ tree tradition. Don’t forget to shout out the local farm you buy from!
To see a full list of Maryland Christmas Tree farms, check out: MarylandChristmasTrees.org or search our database.
For full details and rules please see the link.

Maryland farmers offer some of the freshest holiday trees available, including the popular Fraser fir and Canaan fir as well as the Douglas fir, Concolor fir, Scotch pine, White pine, and Blue spruce. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture for Maryland, there are more than 185 Christmas tree growers in the state with nearly 2,200 acres in production. Nationally, there are more than 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the U.S. and the fresh-cut Christmas tree business generates nearly $377 million in sales, according to the latest agriculture census.

Maryland Christmas tree farms are fun!

Not only do real trees look and smell amazing, they are also a renewable and recyclable resource that keep unwanted waste out of our landfills. Artificial trees are often petroleum based, imported from overseas, and do not biodegrade, so they eventually end up laying in landfills forever. In contrast, real Christmas trees can be recycled at the end of the holiday season, often chipped into mulch that returns important nutrients to the earth.

While growing, Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and emit fresh oxygen. When growing in an open area, a 3-inch diameter Douglas fir can reduce atmospheric carbon by 23 pounds and intercept 102 gallons of stormwater runoff per year.

Buying locally-grown trees, including choose-and-cut trees, supports family-owned farms and businesses, preserves farmland, and protects the environment.  For more

After the holidays are over, check with your county about its tree recycling programs. For other tree recycling tips, visit: www.realchristmastrees.org/All-About-Trees/How-to-Recycle