Local tree farms have just what you need this season

At Greene Meadows Farm in Stanardsville there are live Christmas trees to choose from.

If you’re in the market for a Christmas tree this holiday season, these are some of the offerings within 30 miles of Greene County:

Greene Meadows Farm

Located in Stanardsville, Greene Meadows Farm has offered Christmas trees to the community for decades.

The Christmas tree farm started in the 1970s with Ed and Sharon Lumadue. The land was later purchased by John and Anne Ensor, who have kept the Christmas tree farming running ever since.

Last year, Greene Meadows Farm sold out in the first three weekends.

“In reality, we only went into that third weekend with 20 pre-cuts,” John Ensor said. “This year, we increased our pre-cuts because our customer base is increasing and we’re in growth mode. We took a venture and got about 135 more trees than last year so we’re hoping with five weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas – and the fact that last year we were closed in three – that we’ll sell all those.”

In addition to adding more trees, Ensor said guests may notice that the farm has reoriented a bit this year.

“Because of the wind storm, we reoriented a little bit. We moved our precut display which used to be on the side of the road where the parking signs are. So if you pull up and don’t see any pre-cuts out, don’t get alarmed,” he said.

Even with the extra trees, Ensor said if a customer doesn’t find what they want at Greene Meadows Farm, he’ll find a place that does.

“If you don’t see what you want in the field, we tell everyone not to leave because I will find you a farm that has the tree you want,” he said. “We are all in a little association. We’re not competing. I just want people to have a nice Christmas and get their Christmas tree.”

Since they sold out and closed early last year, Ensor recommends coming early for in-the-field trees or pre-cut trees. Greene Meadows Farm will reserve trees for those who call ahead.

The farm also has a barn with hot chocolate, cider, candy canes, coloring books, ornaments, wreaths and more. 

Children can write letters to Santa at the farm or bring letters with them to drop off.

Greene Meadows Farm is at 487 Crow Mountain Road. Hours of operation are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or until they sell out of inventory. Visit www. greenemeadowsfarm. com for more information.

The Market at Grelen

The Market at Grelen in Somerset carries Virginia grown Christmas trees, pre-made arrangements, handmade wreaths and freshly cut Grelen Greens.

This season the market has a series of holiday events and specials, as listed on its website. On Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon-4 p.m. they will host their “Enchanted Extravaganza.” This fourth annual event will feature 21 vendors, a wreath workshop and a visit from Santa. The event is free to attend.

On Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-8:30 p.m. the Grelen’s Family Night Holiday Party will take place. The holiday party will include live music by John Kelly and Company and Santa from 6-8 p.m.

Santa visits the market every Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and photos can be taken for free. Wreath workshops will be held on Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 6. To register for a wreath workshop, visit https://squareup.com/store/grelen-online.

Every Saturday and Sunday, free hay rides to the “cut your own”

Christmas tree field and back are offered from noon-3 p.m. To pre-order a pre-cut tree or view pricing, visit http://www. themarketatgrelen.com/ christmastrees.html.

Spruce Rock Farm Inc.

Blue Spruces, Canaan Firs, Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs and precut Fraser Firs are among the trees Spruce Rock Farm of Brightwood is offering this season.

Since 1999, Tim Williams has been running the Christmas tree farm. During the Christmas season, Williams converts one of his barns into a Christmas shop that includes hot chocolate and cider, wreaths, stockings and more.

Spruce Rock Farm opened for the season the day after Thanksgiving, and Williams said sales are already over what they were at this point last year.

“Some would argue that there’s a tree shortage, and I’m one of the people that would say so,” he said. “During the Great Recession in 2008, people started cutting back on production and now the demand is higher than the supply. We’ve been somewhat of a victim of our own success.”

Last year, the farm closed on Dec. 18 due to brisk sales. This year, Williams has added more pre-cut trees, but still recommends shopping early.

Each tree from Spruce Rock Farm comes with care instructions.

“We give all customers a tag that gives all the instructions to take care of the tree. For example, we recommend that they put the tree in water one to two hours after they’ve been cut,” Williams said.

Spruce Rock Farm is open weekends only through Dec. 22 10 a.m.4 p.m. or until it’s sold out of pre-cut trees. Weekday appointments can be made by calling (540) 543-2309. The farm is at 419 Lester Utz Lane, Brightwood. For more information, visit www. sprucerockfarm.com.  

Bramblewood Tree Farm

“Choose-and-cut Christmas trees in a beautiful remote forest setting” is what Bramblewood Tree Farm in Orange advertises.

This year, Bramblewood is offering Norway Spruce, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine and Eastern Red Cedar.

The tree farm is open weekends only from 9 a.m. until dark through Christmas. Bramblewood Tree Farm is at 17157 Oakshade Road, Orange. Call (540) 289-1142.

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Logan Bogert is a reporter for the Greene County Record in Stanardsville, Virginia. She can be reached at lbogert@greene-news.com or (434) 985-2315. Follow Logan on Twitter at @Logan_Bogert.

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