If it's Thanksgiving, then it must be tree timeBy: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
Christmas tree sales start this week at local stores and outlets.
The first shipment arrived at Home Depot Nov. 20. The store is offering 2 to 10-foot Douglas, Noble and Grand firs priced from $19.98 to $99.98. They will have some live Rosemary trees for sale as well as cedar garlands, wreaths and door swag. The 2 to 4-foot Noble Firs come with a stand. Otherwise, stands are sold separately.
The store opens at 5 a.m. Friday. Black Friday specials will be available in the store only, not online.
“Our biggest seller is Noble firs,” Store Manager Mark Milton said.
Home Depot, located at 1000 Groveland Lane, Lincoln is buying its trees from Holiday Tree Farms in Corvallis, Ore. Established in 1955, Holiday Tree Farms is the largest supplier of Christmas trees in Oregon, according to the business website. Plantation Oregon Douglas Fir is their best selling and most popular Christmas tree.
Lowe’s also obtains its trees from a farm in Corvallis, Ore., Store Manager Mike Obeso said.
Trees to be sold at the store include 5 to 8-foot Noble Firs and 5 to 8-foot Douglas Firs. Prices range from $19.97 to $59.98. Live wreaths and poinsettias also will be sold.
Obeso said customers can make purchases at www.lowes.com Thursday night (Thanksgiving) to pick up on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The store, located at 535 Lincoln Blvd., will open at 5 a.m.
Future Farmers of America students will sell 7 to 8-foot Douglas, Noble and Grand Fir trees as a fundraiser for the club starting Nov. 26. Trees will be sold from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday outside of the Lincoln High School woodshop at 7th and J streets.
“Sales will continue until all the trees are gone,” high school agriculture teacher Jessica Armistead said.
Seventy trees will be available for purchase. Students dressed as zebras will advertise sales at the corner of 7th Street and Lincoln Boulevard after the Thanksgiving holiday break. This is the 10th year of the annual fundraiser. The cost is $30 to $45 per tree.
Proceeds from the tree sales will go toward helping the students pay for attendance at FFA conferences, club promotions and the end of year banquet.
Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm will sell trees at the Lincoln High School Rodeo grounds for the third year. To reach the rodeo grounds, shoppers can take Sterling Parkway from Lincoln Boulevard and turn into the Firestone parking lot. The front of the rodeo grounds is blocked due to Lincoln Bypass work.
Starting Nov. 24th, Bishop’s will sell Noble Firs from $10 a foot and Grand Firs from $7 to $8 a foot. The first load of trees was cut Nov. 19.
“Our most popular size range is 6 to 10 feet,” Bishop’s owner Austin Bishop said. “Our trees come from Harrison Farms in Sandy, Ore. They are the most beautiful trees you’ve ever seen.”
Bishop said he will have 850 trees for sale but may increase the number depending on sales. Tree stands will be sold also. The stands will be installed free of charge. In-town delivery in the local area is available for $10.
Hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Flower Hut Nursery in Wheatland will receive trees the day after Thanksgiving.
The nursery is selling Noble Firs and Silvertips (California Red Fir), poinsettias, wreaths and garlands. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be offered daily. Visitors can listen to free music from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Families can put on a Santa hat and have a photo taken with a 1916 Maxwell used in Hollywood in the Jack Benny Show from the week of Thanksgiving through Christmas.
Flower Hut Nursery is located at Highway 65 and 4th Street in Wheatland. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fresh & Easy in Lincoln, located at 741 E. Joiner Parkway, will offer smaller trees, wreaths and poinsettias for sale. The poinsettias are available now. The rest is scheduled to arrive just after Thanksgiving. Visit www.freshandeasy.com.
Walmart on Lincoln Boulevard in Lincoln is selling live poinsettias.