For several weeks, High Country folks have seen trucks and trailers hauling loads of Fraser Fir Christmas trees to destinations off the mountain. Now, we'll be seeing more and more passenger cars with one or more trees on their roofs, as choose and cut season gets into full swing.

Of course, COVID-19 means choose and cut will be a little different this year. Activities such as hayrides and self-serve cocoa may not be available due to the virus. Some farms are offering the opportunity to pre-order your tree for pick up.

While weekends are the busiest times for choose and cut, those who wish to avoid crowds should consider calling ahead, and coming to get your tree on a weekday.

County extension offices have provided several thousand masks and cases of hand sanitizer to the farms in preparation for harvest season.

You can get more details as well as find a choose and cut farm by visiting the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association's website,