Updated: 12/02/2013 11:30 PM
Created: 12/02/2013 7:47 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
No matter where you drive, you'll likely see Christmas trees for sale and there are a number of varieties to choose from.
A KSTP crew stopped by a tree farm in Stacy, about 45 minutes outside of the Twin Cities.
Cathy Zeroth watched over her husband as he cut down their Christmas tree. After a few minutes the tree was down.
Cutting their tree has become a family tradition. "We cut it down because the needles stay on the whole time, we don't have to worry about having it dry out," she said.
The Minnesota Agriculture Department says Christmas tree farmers will sell nearly a half million trees this season.
Someone, maybe even you, may buy a tree from Russ Almendinger. He's the owner of Stacy Tree Farm. He says variety is the key to drawing people in. "I have Balsam Firs, Fraser Firs, Colorado Spruce and white pines," he said.
Almendinger says growing Christmas trees is a labor of love. It can take up to ten years for the trees to mature, once they are in the ground.