Christmas tree season expected to be green
Paul Lemire, left, owner of Noel’s Tree Farm in Litchfield, checks out the official first Christmas tree of the 2013 season, which was cut Friday by Gov. Maggie Hassan, center, and donated to Army Spc. George Jones of Litchfield, right. The annual tree cutting is sponsored by the N.H. Christmas Tree Promotion Board. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The state's holiday tree industry is valued at about $4 million annually, according to the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
"We have been working for weeks now getting stuff ready and getting everything finalized. We expect this to be a big year for us," said Lemire, who owns the farm with his wife, Catherine. Their tree operation consists of about 9 acres and 9,500 trees on the plantation.
This is the second time the Lemire family has had a visit from a governor. Two years ago, former Gov. John Lynch and his wife also toured the farm and selected some personal trees for the holiday.
"Black Friday weekend will be crazy for us. Many people will come to cut down their own trees," he said.
Lemire said his business just finished building its second fire pit, and he is optimistic it will draw big crowds in the coming weeks.
The tree farm will open for the season Nov. 29.
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