Conserve Energy – Buy Local Christmas Trees!

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

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 It’s time for Christmas Trees!  Lincoln County has three Christmas tree farms where you can choose and cut your own tree.  Come out for a fun family event in the fresh air of a local farm.  Many farms offer marshmallows roasts, visits with Santa, hot chocolate, and holiday trim shops right on the farm.  If you’re not ready to bring a tree home, most farms will let you choose and reserve your tree for cutting later in December. 

The added bonus of chopping a local Christmas tree is the energy you are saving.  By staying in the county and not driving to the mountains to choose a tree, you are saving dollars on gasoline, and you are putting fewer pollutants in the air as you drive around.  By getting a local tree, you show that you value farms in our area and want to keep open green space in Lincoln County.  As in all buy local campaigns, money spent with a neighbor is reinvested in Lincoln County.  And if your holiday season is as busy as mine, you will be glad to conserve your personal energy by shopping close to home.  Christmas tree farms are a great way to have fun with the family and accomplish a decorating task at the same time.  Plus, there are always wonderful opportunities to take that perfect holiday picture among the trees! 

Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale opened Saturday, November 17th with a petting zoo, Santa, and marshmallow roast.  Varieties grown are White Pine, Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, White & Colorado Spruce and Carolina Sapphire.  Once again, Trudy Helms won a national award for tree trimming.  Shop their holiday trim shop for excellent ideas and decorations.

Cedar Lake Tree Farm opens November 23rd.  They offer lots of kid friendly activities, farm animals to pet, snacks and greenery.  They grow Virginia Pines for choose and cut and have a fresh selection of pre cut Frazier firs from the mountains.  The farm is located on Highway 27 east of Lincolnton. 

Santa’s Forest at Herter Nursery also opens November 23 with free hot dogs, hay rides and hot chocolate.  The Herters are known for their Japanese maples, but during the winter, they focus on Leyland cypress trees – a traditional Christmas Tree for this region.    They will also have pre cut Frazier Firs from the mountains.  Ask to see their collection of antique farm machinery. Take exit 33 off Highway 321 and follow the signs. For more information on finding local farm products, check www.foothilllsfresh.com 

Posted on Nov 21, 2007
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