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Local fire department cancels Christmas tree sale due to supply shortage

The fire department is not the only one feeling the pinch this holiday season.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — The annual Christmas tree sale held by the Windsor Locks Fire Department has been canceled this year due to the ongoing supply shortage.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the fire department their decision to cancel came down to a shortage of Christmas trees.

Instead of the sale, the Windsor Locks Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a small sale of kissing balls and cemetery logs. More details will follow soon, the department said.

“Hope to see you in 2022!” the department said.

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The fire department is not the only one feeling the pinch this holiday season.

Dzen Tree Farm in Windsor said in a recent Facebook post that the demand is going to exceed the supply this year.

“There are many reasons for this,” owner John Dzen, Jr. wrote on Facebook.

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Among those reasons was that in 2020, many families set up a real tree for the first time – which saw farms selling more trees than planned.

“In fact, several small farms in our area are planning to not open at all this year because of low inventories,” Dzen wrote, adding: “Dzen Tree Farm has a fair supply of trees growing on the farm this year, but our supply of large trees is low.”

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Dzen told FOX61 that it was tough news to deliver to his customers, but that he is doing his best to keep the Christmas spirit alive.

If you want to know which farm near you has trees available, click here.  

FOX61's Carmen Chau and Elisha Machado contributed to this report.

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