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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

O Christmas Tree!

Do you have your tree up yet? This year we're ditching the fake tree for a fresh cut tree from Warren Farm.

Our 53rd “Cut Your Own” Christmas Tree Season is about to begin. We have the best selection of 5-9 foot Fir balsam, Blue Spruce and Concolor Fir trees that we have had in quite a few years. We have improved the road to our newest tree patch (west field) and added a parking area. This field is well stocked with balsam fir and blue spruce trees up to 8 ft. Our old patch (back field) has a selection of Concolor fir, Blue Spruce, and Balsam Fir up to 9 ft. Beginning Saturday November 21 we will be open 6 days/week, 9am to dusk. We are closed every Monday and Thanksgiving day. You are welcome to cut your tree beginning 11/21 however the free bow pile and hot mulled cider (cider on weekends only) won’t start until the day after Thanksgiving, 11/ 27.

Our “Cut Your Own” price is $35.00 per tree. We will also have available “already cut trees” priced from $10 to $35 per tree. Saws, netting and twine are provided.

At the farmstand we have local maple syrup in ½ pt, pint, and quart containers, quite a few varieties of potatoes from Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton and everlasting dried flower wreaths. We are well stocked with our own naturally made soaps and will offer them packaged and unpackaged. All soaps are vegan and contain no animal products except for our three varieties of goat’s milk soap.

This is actually the first time I've ever gone to a farm and cut down my own tree! A sad fact, I know. Check out the post Colleen at Penny-wise People just posted about real vs. fake trees, quite an interesting blog post!

Here's info about the tree varieties available at Warren Farm:

Fir Balsam: ¾” to 1 ½” short, flat, long lasting needles that are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. These needles are 3/4 - 1 ½ in. in length and last a very long time. This is the traditional Christmas tree that most Americans grew up with. This tree has a dark-green appearance and retains its pleasing fragrance throughout the Christmas season. Named for the balsam or resin found in blisters on bark. Resin is used to make microscope slides and was sold like chewing gum; used to treat wounds in Civil War.

Blue Spruce: dark green to powdery blue; very stiff needles, ¾” to 1 ½” long; good form; will drop needles in a warm room; symmetrical; but is best among species for needle retention; branches are stiff and will support many heavy decorations. State tree of Utah & Colorado. Can live in nature 600-800 years.

Concolor Fir: blue-green needles are ½ to ½ inches long; nice shape and good aroma, a citrus scent; good needle retention. They have good foliage color, good needle retention, and a pleasing shape and aroma. In nature can live to 350 years.

Warren Farm is located two miles west of the Lee traffic circle off route 4 on Warren Road. You can call the farm phone anytime at 603.868.2001.

For more tree farms in NH and beyond, be sure to check out Pick Your Own Christmas Tree.


Trish December 2, 2009 at 9:10 AM  

What a beautiful photo! Yes we have our tree up but it fake...LOL!


Life Looms Large December 2, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

What kind did you get?? All of these Christmas posts are making me want a tree. I did get out decorations today, so it's a start!


Virginia December 2, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

Oops! I wrote it in such a way that makes it sound like I've already chopped the tree down! Well, I haven't...I hope to go this weekend. I think I want a Fir Balsam...

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