How will supply chain issues affect Christmas trees in the Mid-South?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The countdown the Christmas is now less than a month, and Spencer Priddy of Priddy Farms says the weekend after Thanksgiving is normally the busiest.

“I took a big risk and ordered extra trees last year and it’s a risk that paid off.”

While some are faced with a Christmas tree shortage this year, Priddy says he played it safe and ordered about 250 more than he usually does.

“I saw it kind of coming early in the summer, spring time, and I prepared and ordered extra, more than I thought I’d actually need,” he said.

He said it comes down to the supply and demand and demand has gone up significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve really seen an increase in Christmas tree buying because people that may normally go to grandma’s house and not put up a Christmas tree at home stay home so now grandma’s got a tree and now they have a tree.”

He said much like other products, there’s also been supply chain delays, causing a slight increase in prices at the register.

“The prices have definitely increased, and it’s not so much something I’m just doing because of the shortage, it actually starts from the supplier. Their prices increased considerably, the old supply and demand rule, and of course transportation costs has increased considerably,” he said.

Priddy says one thing is for sure -- you’ll still get the same service at his farm as you do any other year.

“We trim them up for you, we net them up for you, and we tie them and put them on your vehicle and make sure you get it home safely.”

Priddy says they have about a thousand trees on the lot… and if the demand keeps up, there won’t be any left once Christmas comes.