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April Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Green Express Spring 2017

As we set our sights on the beginning of spring and prepare to watch the months pass by with their usual alarming speed, we felt it would be a good time to take stock of some interesting themes both old and new.

The winter just completed in the Great Pacific Northwest has included record levels of rain, snow, and ice. Had this weather happened during our Harvest Season which begins in late October (believe it or not) and ends (in terms of shipping trees) around mid-December, our evaluation of 2016 would have been a far different tale; we dodged a bullet though for most of us lingering memories of “Winter 2017” will not be soon forgotten. And, for good measure, spring is starting out exceeding wet and unseasonably cool… There will be a year in which the onset of winter isn’t quite so accommodating and polite. Fingers crossed as always…  Read More

January Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Green Express Newsletter Winter 2017

The New Year has dawned in our little corner of the world affectionately known as The Great Pacific Northwest; we have had a chance to sit back a little (watch the record snow-- thankful that it didn’t happen earlier) and reflect on the world of Christmas trees. A perfect time to evaluate the thoughts we had heading into Harvest 2016 and the realities we must deal with in 2017 and well beyond. Read More

October Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Thursday, October 06, 2016

Green Express Fall 2016

What a difference a few months can make. For those who have read our recent newsletters, the themes have been quite consistent. Christmas tree supplies have gone from a glut to an undersupply situation; Christmas tree prices are on the rise and there are far fewer current players able to reap the potential benefits. Moreover, and very importantly, a quick recovery is certainly not imminent as the Christmas tree business is one fraught with perils such as a long growing cycle, a seedling shortage, a labor shortage, and a whole host of risks associated with farming in general. No new participants are standing in line to join an industry that has no payday for 6-10 years and a checkered past. Read More

June Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Green Express Summer 2016

As spring meets summer in the great Pacific Northwest change is in the air. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are slowly rising, the annual ritual of planting has come to an end, and the phone is starting to ring more often. It is an inflection point which marks the beginning of The Beginning in the world of a Christmas tree company.  Read More

March 2016 Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Green Express Spring 2016

As I sit at my desk penning this update, I take note of the fact that the concept of spring is an interesting one in The Pacific Northwest. Cold east winds, rain, and hail are probably my main reminders that spring is in the air; not surprisingly, many people head for warmer climates even during this time of year. Having said all of that, I still must say that spring in this part of the country has its share of very special, uniquely Oregon, beautiful moments. Kind of an arcane, esoteric realization, yet a little secret that most Oregonians know beyond a doubt… Read More

Green Express December Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Green Express December 2015

Many years ago someone once told me that the trick to writing well was quite simple.

“Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you’ve told them.” Those simple words really pack a punch; couple this with the fact that I majored in History while at the University of California at Santa Barbara (put that in for fellow Gaucho Ken Koenig) and you will, hopefully understand my line of reasoning and message. Hard to understand the present without looking to the past, as well as acknowledging the cards we’ve been dealt (for better or worse)…  Read More

Green Express Special Edition Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

McKenzie Farms Green Express Newsletter

Special Pre-Harvest Edition 2015

As we reach the eleventh hour and the Christmas Tree Season is upon us, we thought it would be helpful if we summarized some of the pertinent themes as we look forward while taking a peek back over our collective shoulders.  Read More

September Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Friday, August 28, 2015

I can still remember the first time I visited Oregon as an adult. I was working in the stock brokerage business out of Southern California at the time (the early 1990’s, I believe) and I remember a few things pretty distinctly. First, the stock markets were tanking (as they almost always did whenever I attempted a summer vacation!), I was blown away by the beauty of the area (I had no idea that so many shades of green actually existed) and I couldn’t believe the really hot temperatures. I had always thought Oregon was a temperate place! Read More

June Newsletter

Caroline Anderson - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Green Express June 2015

When you live in Oregon you learn to expect the UNEXPECTED; sunny and nice can turn to cold and miserable in short order. The opposite is also true, and Spring is a time in which these tendencies are on full display. The peculiar thing is that one learns to love them as variety is definitely the spice of life. Seguing off of that premise (unrelated as it may seem), it is also very true that when it comes to Supply and Demand, expect the EXPECTED when there is more demand than supply available, prices always rise; there are no exceptions and there are no surprises.  Read More

Christmas Tree Industry Article Feature

Caroline Anderson - Monday, March 23, 2015

A little bonus coverage for everyone!!!
Ken was interviewed for the attached article done last December; we finally received the copy of the article which includes some fantastic information on our industry. Read More