Monday, December 7, 2009

Support a Farmer, Buy a Real Christmas Tree!

My husband Phillip and I ventured out to Sandy Mush this past Saturday to get our Christmas Tree. It was the perfect day, cold and snowing! On the way to Sandy Hollar Tree Farm, on North Turkey Creek Road, we passed a sign for a Kiln Sale at Jone Pottery. We are going to have to stop by there after we get our tree! We arrive at Sandy Hollar Tree Farm, by this time the snow has passed and I am upset because I wanted it to be snowing in the back ground of our pictures, oh well. I see Dale Hawkins, owner of the farm, and talk with him a minute. Dale says, "business is pretty good this year and we have sold a lot of trees. Last weekend it was really busy!" There were about 15 cars there at that time. Everyone was so happy and the kids were having fun picking out the "perfect tree". The farm looked beautiful! Neat rows of deep green Fraser Fir and a cute farm store decorated with wreathes and garland. Inside the store you can purchase holiday gifts such as hand knitted wool hats and scarves that Dale's Mom, June makes. June raises Llamas and shears them for the wool. Phillip and I walk around for an hour enjoying the scenery and looking for our "perfect tree". To be honest, all the trees were perfect! We find our tree and Phillip cuts it down, we carry it out of the field, send it through the tree bailer and tie it to the car. When we have children one day, we are going to make it a tradition in our family to go to a local Christmas Tree farm to get our tree. It's so much fun and the famers need our support too. After we left Sandy Hollar Tree Farm, we stopped in at the Kiln sale at Jone Pottery. We found several gifts for our friends and enjoyed some hot apple cider and Christmas cookies. They had a really cool chicken tractor too!! Merry Christmas and remember to support your local farmers, artists and businesses! To find your local Christmas Tree growers go to
Farm Store
Neat rows of Faser Fir

Nice work Phillip!

Beautiful snow!

For more information contact your local Cooperative Extension Center and ask for the Commercial Horticulture Agent.