It has been our tradition to host an opening season, open house Barn Party on the Sunday after Thanksgiving----this year, being on November 27th, 2011 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We provide the hot chocolate, baked ham and breads for sandwiches, and our tree tag customers contribute the choice hors'oeuves and desserts to fill a banquet table for all to enjoy.
The work of selecting a Christmas tree builds healthy appetites, but it's not a requirement to contribute to chow down. Newcomers are always welcome.
Trees may be tagged or cut down on Barn Party day, but if you plan to take a tree home, be prepared to listen to Hal's lecture on getting the stump into a bucket of water within two hours, or taking fresh cut before putting up, and never, never, ever, let the stump go dry.
We grow two kinds of trees---the short needle White Spruce and the softer needled Douglas Fir. All trees, regardless of size, are one price--$40, the same as previous years.
We have saws. Customers are encouraged to cut their own trees. It's not that we don't want to get down on our knees to our trees; the problem is getting back up. (see story below for the date of our first sale to know why.)
We use a professional tree shearer, Orrin Jones of Guilford, for shaping the trees, but otherwise, Hal does all the work of planting replacements, spraying for weeds and upon occasion, disease, fertilizing, and mowing between the rows.
Our Christmas farm encompasses approximately two acres, which in the olden days of our circa 1800 Kelsey homestead was most likely a cornfield.
To purchase a tree you do not have to wait for, or attend, the opening Barn Party. Following the Barn Party, we are open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will cut down (previously tagged) trees for pick-ups after dark by request.
Snow, sleet, rain and sunshine--we've had them all--- we look forward to sharing with you again the joyous season of Christmas.
JoAnn and Hal
For further information, please call 860-669-5049.
We are members of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association. You will find our listing in the Pick-Your-Own-Christmas Trees, 2009 Guide with tips about caring for fresh Christmas trees.