Christmas Tree "Business"

12/24/2017 - 1:00PM - I just closed the gate and put the last three, 4-ft Silvertips out by the gate. It is MY tradition to come down here on Christmas Eve, if we have a few trees left and help the last-minute arrivals to Truckee find a tree for the family decorations. 

My very first job, when I was 11 or 12, was working for an Apple orchard / Christmas tree farm in Pollock Pines, just after we'd moved there from the Peninsula. My job was to know the different trees, show folks where they grew, carry the bow saw, ensure that we saved the lowest branches for "turn-ups" (stump-culture) and to help carry the tree back to the office. I loved tromping through the woods, helping people find their trees.  I worked at Harris Tree Farm for several Christmas seasons and then started working at Santa's Acres, a little further away (my mom had to drive me).  I later worked there in the summers, shearing (with a machette) and shaping the trees in spring and summer, removing weeds, repairing irrigation and eradicating 1000's (upon 1000's) of gophers. - I think there might have been two winters, while in college, where I did not help folks with Christmas trees...  Everyone is happy when they come to get a tree and I have a blast.  

We care deeply about the quality of our trees. We cut some, as late as possible, often risking life and limb driving crazy places in blizzards, because we wait as long as possible so our clients have the freshest possible trees.  We order trees from growers who love the industry and who use sustainable practices. One of our favorite growers only uses compost teas and measures his brix ° to ensure their sugar is as high and thus their water holding capacity is as high as possible.  Then we keep the trees wrapped, and covered in the shade, essentially refrigerated (or frozen) so they stay as fresh as possible, only bringing a few at a time out into the sun.

The ONLY part of Christmas tree sales I have any distaste for is the wooden stands that allow the trees to dry-out.  We go to great lengths and risks to cut trees as late as possible and then carefully protect the trees post-harvest.  It is like being a florist with beautiful fresh-cut flowers, lovingly grown and kept fresh in water being sold to someone who will be putting them in a dry vase.  Other than that.  I LOVE helping folks with Christmas trees and I hope you've enjoyed any trees you've picked-up from us.  Merry Christmas.  Happy Solstice.  All the best to everyone for a hopeful and better New Year.

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10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161-4834
Central Truckee, exit 186 off I-80
(530) 587-0771

Founded 1975, Incorporated 1990

California Nursery License 1975
No. C 3976.001, Co.29CA
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