Zach Emerson, co-owner of Emerson & Sons Logging of Groton, Vt., always wanted to grow Christmas trees. Then in 2016, he learned he and his wife, Tracy, were expecting their first child, a daughter to be named Riley. “So that spring I decided it would be a great time to plant some bare-root balsam fir trees,” he remembers.
Christmas tree seedlings can be hard to come by due to overwhelming demand by commercial growers. But Emerson has ample access to balsam fir: “I like to transplant balsams from around my property by digging them up and moving them,” he says.