We grow Fraser fir, Korean fir, Concolor fir, Canaan fir, White Pine, White Spruce, Blue Spruce, Meyer’s Spruce, Norway Spruce and a growing number of Fir Crosses. We’ve tried different species over the fourteen years we’ve been growing and this is where we’re at right now. My favorite tree is the Concolor, or White Fir. I love the tangerine fragrance of its needles.
We plant 3-4,000 trees each spring. In late February Kurt digs the stumps of the trees that were cut during the prior season and transplants 3-4-foot-tall trees taken from our transplant beds into these spaces. Then in March and April we plant the transplants that we’ve purchased from various nurseries into the transplant beds. Once they’re planted, it’s on to watering, weed and pest control, mowing, picking cones and doing corrective work on the treetops. Shearing starts in August and inventory is taken in September. Most of the trees we sell are probably eight to ten years old.
On Black Friday we open up to the public and start selling trees. It’s a busy time…a chance to see old friends and let the sights and the smells of real Christmas trees speak for themselves. The overwhelming feeling is one of happiness, with everyone getting into the Christmas spirit.