Christmas tree farms
Several area Christmas tree farms help families continue the tradition of hunting and cutting a live tree.
By Lani Duke
Driving to a Christmas tree farm, choosing your own tree, and driving home immersed in that fresh cut, evergreen smell is a wondrous Christmas memory maker. For many families, this annual excursion officially kicks off the home Christmas season. All tree farms do not have the same policy on whether you may cut your own tree, so if doing so is important to you, make sure you choose a tree farm that allows the practice.
Santa’s Woods in Frierson lets customers wander its 15 acres to choose their own tree. Owner Cindy Molnar dedicates herself to providing a family-friendly ambiance, with free hot chocolate and football games on TV so no one misses an important score. Because many customers come from Barksdale Air Force Base, Molnar often takes photos of families selecting and cutting their tree to send to deployed loved ones. Often they make a few cuts then ask Molnar or her son, Nathan Wilkins, to take over the sawing process.
Old Beck House Christmas Tree Farm and Gift Shop offers tree shoppers both locally grown trees growing on its property and pre-cut Frasier firs from North Carolina. Owner Brenda Perryman says the farm cuts trees for its patrons; its recently enlarged gift shop sells wreaths, gift baskets and decorations. Visitors may write their Santa letters at old-time desks.
Hughes Christmas Tree Farm in Benton is newly open to the public. It starts its first year of harvesting as many as 1,000 Leyland cypress and Virginia pine, planted four years ago. Pre-cut, flocked trees are also available.
Ninety-eight percent of customers have workers at the Christmas Cottage and Weaver’s Christmas Tree Farm cut and load their trees; only about 2 percent want to cut their own. Trees and garlands last longer than the live-cut greenery available at commercial tree lots, because their cut ends are dipped in sealant, owner Lisa Weaver says. The store is open Friday through Sunday until sold out, but she expects to sell out quickly.