Nichols’ Tree Farm closes for the season

WICOMICO CO., Md. – At Nichols Tree farm, they would usually be preparing to see Christmas trees this season. However this year, they had to make the tough decision to close, even during a time where many small business are already struggling; the owner felt it was the best choice for him.

Owner of Nichols’ Tree Farm, Bruce Nichols says, “for 40 years I’ve been doing this, its hard to break a stride.”

Bruce Nichols has been growing trees for decades and although it has become a tradition, he says personal health was a huge factor in his decision to close down the business for this season. “I’m in my 70s’ and it’s highly likely that I could contract the disease, and I’m at the end of my life and I’d like to see the trees for another 20 years,” says Nichols.

The owner also says, closing down for the season does pose a financial risk for the farm, “So all the expenses are here, you have to pay the taxes, they don’t reduce your taxes or anything from this, you just have to do what you can do,” says Nichols. However, between purchasing fuel, mowing, tree care, and labor expenses, he says he’s selling trees for landscaping purposes in order to bring in money.

Meanwhile another local farm in Delmar, Maryland called P & J Farms, says they’re choosing to stay open and their voice-mail, in detail, explains the precautions they are taking to accommodate customers and still sell trees.

Before making the decision to close the farm, Nichols says they also attempted to implement COVID-19 regulations, but they believe the health risks outweighed the benefits this year.

Nichols says “that’s all we can do, is try to protect ourselves and the public, but really its ourselves that we’re worried about .”

The owner also states that he gets dozens of phone calls everyday from people across several states asking if he’s open this year and for the most part they’ve been understanding about the situation.

Currently Nichols’ Tree Farm has 10,000 trees that are ready to be harvested and sold. Luckily, they’ll still be around to be harvested, because they plan to re-open next year as long as the pandemic subsides.

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