State Officials Help Launch Christmas Tree Shopping Season

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SEWELL, N.J. -

After Turkey Day, it's full steam ahead to Christmas, and what's one of the most important things you need for the holiday? 

A Christmas tree.

Farms here in the Garden State are officially ready for you to come to pick your Jersey fresh tree.

On Wednesday, November 28th, officials with New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association gathered at Exley's Christmas Tree Farm in Sewell to celebrate the start of the Christmas tree choose-and-cut season.

Officials say while visiting local Christmas tree farms is a great way to support farmers and the economy, it is also a great way to create family memories that will last a lifetime.

"We find that once families do this, they come back year after year because of the ... memory of doing something like this and it has an impact on people," said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

During the event, Fisher got to cut down his own Douglas Fir for the holiday.

Officials say almost 69,000 trees are cut in New Jersey each year.

To learn more, visit njchristmastrees.org.

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