Local farmers trying to replenish Christmas trees

Stokoe Farms must replace dead trees following last year's drought

SCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Baby trees may not look like much now, but after years of nurturing they grow to be a holiday favorite -- Christmas trees.

Suzanne Stokoe, owner of Stokoe Farms in Scottsville, is assessing acres of trees.

"We're going through our fields and finding the trees that didn't survive last year and the last two years of planting and replanting them," said Stokoe.

Stokoe Farms must replace dead trees with new ones following last year's drought.

"It's very disappointing for one thing," said Stokoe. "It's a fairly good economic loss because you lost the value of that tree and even though we go back and replant it, that tree is still going to be a full year behind."

Stokoe hopes this season brings more rain, so she is not repeating the same process twice.

Many of these transplants are either flown in or her team travels hours to bring the best seedlings to our area for picking.

"Some of our trees come all the way from Washington state," said Stokoe. "They come in a big refrigerated truck. And yesterday we drove down to western Pennsylvania to pick up some trees that we will be planting here in the next couple of days."

With a smile, Stokoe farmers are working tirelessly replanting over 1,000 trees and counting. But it will take some years before they go from Stokoe Farms into your home for the holidays.

"Our customers are going to see the affect years down the road, so not until these fields are ready to be harvested, which is seven or eight years down the road," said Stokoe.

Stokoe Farms will open its barn doors again in September.

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