Economy
9:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

A Good Year For Rhode Island's Christmas Tree Growers

Rhode Island Christmas tree growers are reporting a profitable year.

There are about 50 Christmas tree growers in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island's Christmas tree industry is doing better than most of the country.
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Eric Wat  ne, president of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association said it was his best year ever, with sales rising 20 percent over last year.

"We sold out. I mean we actually had to close the gates in the middle of December, and I know a lot of farmers had similar growth," said Watne.  "I think nationally the sale of Christmas trees plateaued a little bit.  I mean there's some evidence that it's declined a tiny bit.  So I definitely think we're countering that trend in Rhode Island."

Watne estimates Christmas   tree sales statewide increased five to ten percent.

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