The Villager staff (all of us boys left here in late November) go out and harvests fresh, high elevation silvertip Christmas trees from snowy mountain tops. This year we had to wait and wait until it got cold enough to harvest. If you cut before severe cold, the trees do not hold up as well.
When the temps finally dropped, we had exactly 5 days to harvest before the monster storms of Thanksgiving 2010. As a result we harvested fewer than usual but they were lovely trees.
While the Boy Scouts and Optimists sell through thousands of trees, the Villager usually sells about 200. We have 50 or so folks that pre-order and we cut-to-order for them then we bring in 100 HUGE fresh Noble Fir from a great little grower, high in the Oregon coast range. Troy (the grower) actualy measures for degrees Brix (symbol °Bx: the sugar content) of his fir and compares his to other growers. His have far more sugar and as a result, hold more water, last longer and smell better. The 12' trees we received this year weighed nearly 280 lbs but they were spectacular.
We ususlly sell a few trees before the 20th and the bulk between the 20-23rd. 3 busy days after uncovering these trees from snow for weeks. We were actually running pretty low so I ran over to a friend's tree lot this morning (they have acres of land north of the Sierra Buttes) and picked up 30 trees.
At this point, we have about 20 nice silvertip Christmas Trees left. 530 587 0771 12/21/2010
I've been so lame with the blog this fall, we were soo busy, Thank Goodness!. Rob and Eric had an epic trip to the southern Sierra to collect wild birch seeds. Eric went to Salt Lake City to tour retail nurseries and steal great ideas. Eric had a 50th birthday surprise party! And we are still here. The lights are still on.
Merry Christmas to anyone who might read this! Thanks so much for keeping us alive.
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