Even Christmas tree farms have to prepare for heat

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s the last thing you might think about in this weather, but it turns out Christmas trees need tending and pruning all year long. When you work at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, which has 200 acres of Christmas trees, you know someone has to go out with the shears in the July heat and make sure the spruces stay…well, all spruced up.

One of the farm’s managers, Tom Harbison, told News8 that, as with any outdoor work, they have to be prepared for the weather.

“Main thing is to stay hydrated,” Harbison said. “So everybody has a water bottle and we have a water jug at our main truck here where we’re located in the fields, and we also have sunscreen.”

That is what they have for the professionals working the farm, but there are plenty of amateurs right now in the fields of pick-your-own blueberries. The farm has sunscreen, first aid kits, and plenty of nice, cold water standing by for all those customers. Although most of them got here early so they won’t need it.

“I knew today was going to be very hot, very humid,” Amber Skidmore said as she picked Blueberries with her two young sons. “So I knew the earlier we got out the better it was going to be.”

Chuck Irolla and his wife got blueberries picking early, too. “You can feel it now, it’s just going to build up during the day and get a lot hotter.” The Irollas were prepared with their own bottle of water. “Yup, we’ve got some water, and we’re dressed casually and comfortably and hopefully we’ll get out of here early enough.”

The blueberry section will be closed for the next couple of days to let those berries ripen. If you’re wondering about the Christmas trees, well, it’s definitely too early, but not as early as you might think. if you get your tree right after Thanksgiving, that is just 17 weeks away. It’s enough to make you think about the cold weather that is coming soon.

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