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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some Christmas tree growers have already opened for business in North Carolina, and agriculture officials say consumers will be picking from one of the best crops in recent years.

Growers traditionally start selling Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving, but because the holiday falls later this year, many growers opened earlier.

NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said the abundance of rain this year helped tree growers. Department marketing specialist Bill Glenn said people shopping for a fresh North Carolina tree won’t have any trouble finding one regardless of where they live.

To make the search for a tree easier, the department offers an online directory at www.ncfarmfresh.com. Visitors can search by location to find Christmas trees near their home or close to where they might travel during the holidays.

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