As we reflect on the 2018 season, we are excited for the 2019 Christmas season! 1
It’s hard to believe we are going into our 6th season with Brungot Farms, and when I look back at the 2018 season, I now fully understand how nearly 50% of businesses fail in their first 5 years. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I wouldn't change a thing. Just Kidding, we have changed plenty, we look back every year, and figure out how we can do things better the next season, and this year is no different.
I can’t thank you enough for what you have helped us do in Central Texas. 2018 alone we raised over $22,000 for the non-profits we support here in Texas. We launched the Leander location with our 12 Days of Hope & Giving, along with a huge first-year fundraiser with Keller High School in Keller, Texas. We had Fundraisers From DFW to San Antonio with some points in between.
On top of funds raised, we provided 54 Families with giving trees, or wreaths as part of our continued partnership with LifeWorks Austin & their Project Holiday Help (Learn more here). Helping them provide homes for youth in Austin who many would go without, if it wasn’t for their work. This year, they open phase 2 of their housing, and we stand ready to help with an even greater need. We once again provided the wreaths for the families at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas. Those families are going through enough, just a little extra touch of the holiday’s goes a long way.
In the spirit of Christmas, we provided “Texas sized” 6-foot wreaths for the Airport Christmas party event, not to mention over 800 wreaths in homes across Texas. That’s five times the number of wreaths we made in 2017! Amazing progress, as the word of our fresh wreaths continues to spread.
In not-so-great news reflecting on our 2018 Christmas season. Our biggest long-term tree supplier filed for bankruptcy because of hardships they faced. With the two hurricanes and multiple storm fronts affecting their harvest conditions, the financial strain was greater than they could bear. Normally their team harvested 2,000 trees a day, last year a good day was just over 700 trees. All the trees having to be hand-carried off the mountainside because the equipment just sunk into the ground and made things worse for harvesting the trees. This is what created a severe shortage of 6-7, 7-8, and 8-9 foot trees for us. We are working extra hard to replace their long time support, but it's no easy task in today’s Christmas tree market.
When farms are sold, the odds are good that their beautiful Christmas trees are bought by huge retail operations. This removes thousands and thousands of trees from the free market, and is happening at an alarming rate.
How Brungot Farms is affected by the Tree shortage
In 2018, we began a new partnership with a farm in New Hampshire, and the quality of the trees that came from there was very impressive. We expanded our agreement this year, and currently, their farm will serve as the sole supplier for Brungot Farms.
Although we are excited to have a supplier of beautiful trees, this created an issue for having the availability of trees over 11 ft. We are hard at work to find a replacement second farm, but it is a challenging search! We hope in the next few weeks we will give word that we have completed the process as we have a trip out to North Carolina to meet with them. We reached out to Christmas tree farm after Christmas tree farm, in multiple states and the response we have gotten is that these farms are already sold out, or we are not accepting new customers at the current time.
Our hope is that in the next month, farms that are not accepting new customers yet will have their repeat customers orders in, and we will be able to secure the additional trees we are looking for. We even reached out to the North Carolina Growers Association, and they said they didn’t know of any farms with trees available, and we aren’t even out of July. All of this is going to shape up for a very interesting Holiday season! Retail prices of trees will be on the rise again this year, as well as selling out early!
As we shared last year, with the entire United States is undergoing a Christmas tree shortage due to the 2008 recession. Choose & cut tree farms, are selling out in less than 2 weeks for example.
Because of this, it is even more important that you pre-order your Christmas tree! We prioritize our pre-sale customers and hold to make sure our pre-sale and fundraiser customers are serviced first. Pre-ordering not only ensures you know where your tree is coming from, but you also help us prepare for the Christmas season. (Click here to go to the pre-order site)
What is to come with 2019 Christmas season
- We will be the same Brungot Farms you have always loved at Cedar Park YMCA.
- The beloved Evening with Santa returns Sunday, December 15th
- More details on the Leander Chamber of Commerce fundraiser will be released in the coming weeks.
- Very exciting update on Brungot Farms, and building the future coming.
The Brungot Farms family is growing this year, with members of our Brungot Farms family expecting babies! Nathan & Lacey are expecting baby Gunnar very soon, and Larissa & I got married in March, and we are expecting our first child in February! So, please excuse us if we are extra tired this season, and please make sure Larissa’s behaving and not lifting Trees this year!
We are so excited for what’s to come and we can’t wait for the Christmas season!
Merry Christmas in July!
- Aaron Brungot
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!
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. 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