MDARD: Support tree growers
BATTLE CREEK – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams encourages residents to support Michigan’s 700 Christmas tree growers and the 54 poinsettia growers.
“Michigan ranks third nationally in Christmas tree production and seventh in the U.S. in poinsettia production,” said Clover Adams. “Whether it’s cutting your own tree at your local Christmas tree farm, or purchasing a fresh tree or poinsettia from a local retailer, fresh Michigan Christmas trees and poinsettias add a special touch to holiday celebrations.”
With an annual wholesale value of $40 million, Michigan Christmas tree growers harvest approximately three million trees. Michigan produces and sells more than a dozen tree varieties on a wholesale basis -- more varieties than any other state. Michigan poinsettia growers will produce 2.3 million plants this holiday season.
“By choosing real Michigan grown Christmas trees and poinsettias this holiday, you’re supporting Michigan growers and the economy, as well as creating holiday memories for years to come,” said Marsha Gray, Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.
To find out more about the Make it a Real Michigan Christmas initiative, visit www.RealMichiganChristmas.com.