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State pushes Georgia trees
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Support Georgia farmers and boost the local economy by purchasing Georgia-grown Christmas trees and greenery, says Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin.

“I encourage everyone to visit a Christmas tree farm, select a Georgia Christmas tree at their favorite retailer or purchase one at our state farmers markets,” Irvin said. “Visiting a Christmas tree farm is great fun for the whole family. Many of our state farmers markets have a good variety of Christmas trees and wreaths as well as fruits and nuts to make your holiday fruit baskets. In fact, this year’s pecan harvest is one of the best ever in quality and quantity. And the prices are good.

“Georgia Christmas trees are plentiful and we have a great variety including cedars, pines, Fraser fir and Leyland cypress. Because they are grown here, your purchases help boost the local economy and help farmers struggling with losses from the drought,” Irvin said. “Our trees are beautiful and nothing is better for putting me in the spirit than a live Christmas tree.”

The Georgia Department of Agriculture operates state farmers markets in Augusta, Atlanta, Cairo, Columbus, Cordele, Macon, Moultrie, Savannah, Thomasville and Valdosta.  

During the holiday season, farmers markets are open seven days a week except Christmas Day.