The 2018 Christmas tree shortage & what Brungot Farms is doing about it. 0
In 2002 there were an estimated 447,000 acres of Christmas trees in various growing stages across the United States. In 2012 that number declined to under 310,000 (Over a 30% Decline in tree inventory in just 10 short years!) To give you a better idea of how big of a decline that is, approximately 200 Million Christmas trees, about 9 years’ worth of sales!
But, what caused this large of a decline of Christmas tree farms?
Let’s start with how long a tree takes to grow before it can be put in your home and strung with lights. It takes 10-12 years to grow Seedling Christmas trees to the ideal height, (most people purchase a 7-8’ tree), so when you look at the 2008 financial crisis, we are just beginning to feel the effects of the Christmas tree shortage ten years later. This shortage of trees will not only affect the access to fresh and beautiful Christmas trees but will also affect how much those trees cost.
Since Brungot Farms first began in the Christmas tree world (Christmas of 2014), there has been an 89% increase in the mean price of Christmas trees. Of the biggest 10 states producing trees in 2002, only North Carolina has increased acres in production (up 31% in 2012). The remaining states have declined, some by nearly 50%. Texas, for example, has less than 1% of the tree production across the US.
Brungot Farms values high quality and affordable trees. We take these values very seriously. They are important because we greatly value making trees more accessible and giving back to the community. The owner, Aaron Brungot, understands the effect of having to make the decision at Christmas time between purchasing a Christmas Tree or purchasing gifts and food. We want to address that issue and make it a high priority. Despite what is happening in the market and across Christmas tree farms across the United States, through the years we want to keep our prices as low as possible and our trees lush and beautiful.
When you purchase your trees from us, just remember, you’re not just placing a beautiful tree in your home, you’re helping others that can’t do the same!
- Aaron Brungot
Santa is bringing Christmas in July to Brungot Farms 0
Hello Brungot Farms family!
Only 173 days until Christmas, you know what that means, it’s Christmas in July!
It may be hot in Central Texas, forcing Santa to Barton Springs pool but at Brungot Farms we are in full swing prepping for Christmas. Christmas in July is our second favorite month of the year and this year we are giving away even more fun Christmas cheer!
We wanted you (our family) to be the first to know about our pre-sale.
If you pre-order your tree NOW, you’ll get 10 percent off using the code 2018-PreOrder10. *(Visit the store to order now)
Not ready to make the commitment?
Sign up now to be entered in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Each day we will pick 3 winners for either a Christmas tree, a wreath or an Evening with Santa. You don’t want to miss this, so make sure you are following along and enter to win!! (Click here to Enter)
Because you are your family, you are the first to know but we also need your help! People find Brungot Farms online and we want to make sure they continue to do so! Did you love your tree or wreath last year? Write us a review on Google and our website! Tell us about it!
Thanks for being a part of our journey to Christmas!
Merry Christmas in July!
- The Brungot Farms Family
The Growing Pains of Brungot Farms: May Update 1
We have some good and bad news for you. Although, it’s mostly good so read until the end!
The last several months at Brungot Farms we embarked on a new adventure, a monthly subscription box of speciality curated farm goods, allowing us to expand what we offer our customers. We love this idea and we felt like our customers loved it too! So, we ran with it excitedly!
We also took some much needed time to get back to our roots and decide who we are and where we are going! If you know us, you probably met us through Christmas trees and the amazing things we do during the best time of year. We want to move to a place where you could know us year round, and we thought a subscription box would be a fun and new way to do that!
We learned through the building phase of this new offer that it is very labor intensive and there are curveballs with every shipment. Whew! For example, several of our products slated for the May box sustained major damage with shipping, making them unsellable and not nearly as delicious.
We are also learning since the major media coverage in the 2017 Christmas season of the “Christmas Tree Shortage” several things have started to happen behind the scenes (moving our schedule up several months for Christmas planning). Everyone knows we sold out in record time last December, much earlier than we had hoped, with many of our previous customers left searching for a tree. We do not want this to happen again, because nothing says the Grinch quite like a Christmas tree lot without any Christmas trees.
We have always tried to have Christmas trees up until the week before Christmas and that remains our goal. The wholesale market for Christmas trees has been a buzz now for a couple of months, so we are working to secure even greater inventory Christmas trees for the 2018 season. As well as stress the importance of participation in our pre-sale, securing your tree and preventing the nightmare of not having your family’s Christmas tree.
The good news is, we have secured hundreds of more trees for this year!
The bad news is we are forced to make choices and we must divert all available resources to the heartbeat of Brungot Farms, Christmas trees. We are going to suspend our efforts on sourcing new products, and growing our farm goods collection.
But, wait! There’s more! We also polished and refined who we are at Brungot Farms and present to you our brand new mission statement.
“At Brungot Farms, we provide experiences, education and exploration so that families can grow together.”
With all the changes and the future of Christmas trees, we will still carry what we already collected. We will host a pop-up at the 2018 Old Town Days in Leander, TX May 18th & 19th with our 2018 Christmas pre-order up in time for the event!
At Brungot Farms we are devoted to bringing you goods from family-owned small business, because - hey, we are one too! Thanks for your support!
Stay tuned for our future endeavours, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! We love our customers and we want to bring you the very best year round!- Aaron Brungot and the Brungot Farms family
- Aaron Brungot
March Artisan Farm Good Box Revealed! 0
Our first box is here! Every month we will be sending a box full of our favorite straight to your door, but there’s more to it than that! In the very near future, we want to open a brick and mortar location, Brungot Farms Backyard. In order to do that, we want your help picking out the products we stock on the shelves and ship around the country! Read more to see what's inside the first Brungot Farms subscription box!
- Mallory Lehenbauer
An exciting new adventure at Brungot Farms, Subscription Service! 1
Brungot Farms is thrilled to share with you our NEW monthly subscription box full of artisan local farm goods.
Some of you have come to love some of our amazing products from local farmers all over the U.S., but this takes Brungot Farms to a new level. Our new subscription service we will now send new, tasty and local goods to your doorstep each month.
The best part? We want your help too! We search the country’s local farmers markets, bringing the country’s best finds to one central location better known as ”The Brungot Farms HUB.” This brings you local goods at reasonable prices and reduces the cost of getting them shipped to you. Oh, and of course we paired it with something we love to do, give back and do good along the way!
We’ve learned so much since 2014 when we began bringing the best Christmas trees to people in Cedar Park and Austin, Texas area. Our dreams were larger than just Christmas trees, we wanted to bring people high-quality trees at affordable prices while also giving back to the community around us.
Last year we renamed our Operation Christmas Spirit campaign to “Do Good: HOPE for Christmas.” This rebrand was not just to expand our Christmas outreach, but we were anticipating the launch of the second part of our Do-Good Campaign. HOPE for Food.
HOPE for Food will be a year round effort to support non-profit efforts to provide families with an everyday essential, food on their table. Although we don’t just want food on the table, we want healthy, fresh and local food on families’ tables who need it most. Let’s take out the processing, and just get to simple ingredients,
When asked about his vision for this new project at Brungot Farms, owner Aaron Brungot said,”I believe in being real and transparent, so here is the real truth. When I took two years off after working 16 years in corporate America in 2014 and 2015, it was very eye-opening, and I realized there is so much more to live for. I don’t want to go to work every day, I want my days filled with working because I want to work. I have had this dream for a long time with Christmas trees, and the farm lifestyle. I grew up with these things in northern New Hampshire, and want to return to them and bring my family up in them in the future. We didn’t grow up with words like organic or sustainable, never mind things like paleo or vegan, we grew up with a simple word, FARM.
People ask me why I give so much away, time, products and financial resources that honestly, I am more grateful than I can ever explain with words. I have never hidden the fact that I grew up in a broken home. Did it suck? Oh yes. Here’s the thing, I can make it an excuse or I can make it a driving force behind my passion for change. I choose the latter.”
With passion around fresh, local and farmed goods, we are thrilled to bring you amazing goods from all over the country, while continuing to give back in bigger and better ways!
We need your help!
We want to open a year round location, that is not only “The HUB” for farm and artisanal goods from around the country, but pays homage to farm through the years, building knowledge of farming, and how you don’t have to have hundreds of acres to farm goods. You can farm in your backyard!
We have launched a new and improved website and are working hard as a small team behind the scenes to build out our monthly box subscription service. We don’t just want to bring you the best goods from around the country, but we want to identify, evaluate, and build an inventory. Our dream is to open our very own Urban farm located in the Fall of 2018.
So here’s the thing, these boxes not only give you access to the best products from around the country, your purchase of them, evaluation, feedback, and reviews of the products are essential to building an experience and store location, enabling us to teach families and children more than they will learn in many of the school programs essential living skills, like farming!
- Mallory Lehenbauer
Big things coming in 2018 at Brungot Farms! 2
At Brungot Farms, we’ve been recovering from an incredible year in 2017. Not only did we sell out of Christmas trees well before Christmas, but we began selling farm goods, and gave back to many families in our community!
- Mallory Lehenbauer