MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Forty-six days stay till Christmas, however some Minnesotans are already spreading vacation cheer.
At Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo, they promote a couple of thousand bushes annually. However with COVID-19, they and different farms have needed to change issues up only a bit.
“We take a look at every tree after which we try to value it based mostly in response to its high quality,” Neil Krueger stated.
As an alternative of remaining nameless, every of the Christmas bushes on the market at Krueger’s is given a reputation. It’s a practice that is still, whereas a number of others have been pressured to take the season off as COVID performs the function of Scrooge.
“We’ll do issues in a different way right here on the farm with out Santa, with out hayrides,” Deb Krueger stated.
No Santa. No cider. Even so, the Kruegers assume they may have one among their busiest years ever.
“Individuals need to get outdoor, and the bushes are socially distanced,” Neil Krueger stated. “Now we have some neighbors which have a pumpkin farm, they usually stated that that they had their greatest yr ever this yr, and we’re listening to the identical factor from the strawberry individuals.”
Good climate was like an early Christmas current, as bushes younger and outdated flourished over the summer time. And so they’re hoping individuals spruce issues up. As an alternative of 1 huge household get-together, they’re anticipating that individuals who haven’t purchased bushes up to now may achieve this this yr as they keep nearer to house.
“We love this time of yr,” Deb Krueger stated. “Now we have the fourth era coming, and all of us work collectively.”
As a result of the rising season was so good in Minnesota and Wisconsin, it’s common for farms in each states to ship bushes to different components of the nation hit by drought.