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Season Update: The effects of the Christmas Tree shortage

Season Update: The effects of the Christmas Tree shortage 0

Christmas is in full swing at Brungot Farms

First, thank you! We are so thankful for such a wonderful Christmas season so far. We have loved seeing you and your families picking out the perfect tree or wreath in both of our lots this year. We have had a record-breaking year, and we thank you for shopping for your fresh trees and wreaths at Brungot Farms.

You may have heard on the news or from us earlier this year - there is a nationwide Christmas tree shortage. We are also affected by this shortage in Central Texas, but it does not mean we are out of trees! It just means that we are running very low on the BIG Christmas trees (above 7 foot).

Due to the extenuating weather conditions in North Carolina, we only have trees 7 foot and above if you have ALREADY pre-ordered your tree. We will not be receiving any more tall trees because of these weather conditions. Although, we have lots of 5-7 foot trees in both of our locations in Leander in Cedar Park.

Sunday is the last day for our Leander Location 12 Days of Hope and Giving Fundraiser. This fundraiser benefits 12 local nonprofits in the area. Make sure you make it out to the Leander Chamber of Commerce before December 2nd to purchase your Christmas tree or wreath.

If you still have not picked out a tree for your home, we encourage you to run not walk to one of our two Brungot Farms locations in Cedar Park or Leander. Our prices will stay the same, as always!

We are open on weekdays from 4 pm - 8 pm and we will be open THIS weekend December 1st and 2nd from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Don’t miss out on finding a wreath or tree for your home!

As always, we are so thankful to celebrate Christmas with your family!

Merry Chrismas!

Aaron Brungot

Meet Brungot Farms new location and 'DO GOOD' effort in Leander!

Meet Brungot Farms new location and 'DO GOOD' effort in Leander! 0

Brungot Farms is always striving to better serve our community. We are excited to announce a new location and way to give back, the Twelve Days of Hope & Giving campaign in partnership with the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center.

As part of the In the heart of Old Town celebration, Brungot Farms fresh Christmas trees will decorate the area. However, this will not be your average Christmas tree lot; this lot serves a greater purpose, supporting the nonprofits that serve the citizens of Leander, Texas.

Beginning Wednesday, November 21 through December 2nd, Brungot Farms will sell trees to support the Twelve Days of Hope & Giving campaign. A local fundraising campaign in the city of Leander based on a community partnership.

During this campaign, a portion of the sales from Brungot Farms Leander location will be donated to the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, and the Christmas Festival Committee will work to identify and distribute the funds to organizations in the community.

We are looking for people to not just buy a Christmas tree or wreath, but to start a new tradition with your family, in turn helping others right here in your community.

Hope Grant Requests will be accepted September first through November first on the Chamber of Commerce website: visitleandertx.com. Recipients of the grants will be identified and notified by November 12th. Sales will be accepted through an online pre-ordering website beginning August 15th at HopeandGiving.BrungotFarms.com. Trees can also be purchased beginning the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on site. The funds will be distributed during a twelve day period beginning December 8th.

Join us as we bring Twelve Days of HOPE & Giving to Leander!

  • Mallory Lehenbauer
The 2018 Christmas tree shortage & what Brungot Farms is doing about it.

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.

Check out this years tree pricing here. 

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.

Want more insight into the beginning of Brungot Farms? Read one of our first blog posts from Aaron Brungot on the why behind Christmas trees.

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

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

The Growing Pains of Brungot Farms: May Update 1

Brungot Farms 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.

Drumroll, please!

“At Brungot Farms, we provide experiences, education and exploration so that families can grow together.”

Brungot Farms: Where families 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!

    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