What are your types of Christmas Trees?
We grow Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress Christmas trees on our farm. Both are recommended varieties for this area. The Virginia Pine is short-needled and very fragrant. The Leyland Cypress is less fragrant, has softer boughs and is generally recommended for people with allergies to other types of trees.
Do we need to bring our own saw?
We provide hand saws for cutting your tree. Some folks bring their own. But, please chain saws are not allowed!
Can we bring our pets?
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the farm but must remain on a leash at all times. Their waste must be removed—we provide complimentary bags at the greeting station for your convenience. Thank you for keeping our grounds clean and beautiful.
How can I pay for my tree?
We accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover & cash.
Will Spruce or Fir trees grow here?
Unfortunately, no; they will not tolerate our heat and humidity.
How long does it take to grow a Christmas Tree?
Both the Virginia Pine and Leyland Cypress are fast growing trees. It takes about 3 years for them to reach 5 to 6 feet tall. They generally grow 2 feet a year. We usually receive plentiful rainfall, but we do irrigate when necessary to achieve 2 feet of growth per year.
How do we get to the fields & back?
We offer free hayrides, some pulled by our family's antique Farmall tractor to the fields. You are also more than welcome to walk to the fields and back. After you select your tree and cut it down, we will bring you and your tree back to the red barn where we will shake it and net it for you (all included in the price of your tree).
Can we just come to play and take pictures?
Due to high demand, all of our parking, hayrides and activities are reserved for customers purchasing a Christmas tree the day of their visit. We cannot accommodate playtime or photos without a prior appointment. The best way to support our small business is by making a purchase to keep the farm and activities open for years to come!
How do we care for our Christmas Tree after we cut it?
Your fresh cut tree is similar to a fresh cut flower. It needs to be placed in water as soon as possible after cutting. If it will be more than an hour, then a fresh cut of 1 inch needs to be made on the bottom of the trunk to ensure that the tree takes up water. We recommend placing your tree in a stand that holds enough water to cover the trunk and remember to add water daily. Fresh trees drink lots of water initially, then, will taper off. Do not ever let them go dry. The tree will seal itself and will no longer take up water. If a seal does form and the tree is no longer drinking water, a fresh cut of 1-2 inches off the bottom of the trunk must be made.
Do we need our own bait and tackle to fish?
You are welcome to bring your own bait and tackle, or you can rent ours onsite. We have bass and perch to challenge you, and fishing is catch-and-release.
Do you have restroom facilities?
Yes, we have complete women and men's facilities located in a building near the old barn behind the greeting station and accessible facilities are located inside the farmhouse. A baby changing station is also available.
Can we bring our own food for a picnic?
We do not allow outside food on the weekends, but please enjoy The Original Rib Tickler BBQ's sandwiches, sausage-on-a-stick, chips, lemonade and more in our red barn. We also serve cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, vintage sodas, and bottled water in our farmhouse bakery.
What dates will The Original Rib Tickler BBQ be serving food?
The Original Rib Tickler BBQ offers delicious brisket sandwiches, sausage-on-a-stick, Frito pie, chips, lemonade and more in our red barn on most weekend days. Rib Tickler will be available the following 2019 dates: Sunday Nov. 24th, Friday Nov. 29th, Saturday Nov. 30th, Sunday Dec. 1st, Saturday Dec. 7th, Sunday Dec. 8th, Saturday Dec. 14th