"I wouldn't call it a 'trade secret' as much as a Nova Scotian tradition," Patricia laughs. "One of the keys to a great Nova Scotian Balsam fir Christmas wreath is not to harvest the Balsam fir until after there have been at least sixteen good frosts on the ground. These frosts set the needles for the winter and fortify the Balsam fir for wreath making. If the Balsam fir is harvested too soon, the needles will dry and spoil that much quicker. If purchasing locally, try to avoid anything cut too early in the season. My husband, Greg, the sales manager of our mail order business," Patricia smiles, "calls this the 'Legend Fresh from Nova Scotia."
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