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WHERE TO CUT YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE GUIDE FOR SOUTHEAST NEW YORK - 2009

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by Kaitlin Ahern

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Where to cut your own christmas tree, ny, nj, ct, long island

Whether choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree is a decades-old ritual in your family or a new addition to your holiday tradition, consult our guide to find a location in Southeast New York (including Westchester and Rockland Counties). 

Before you visit any of these Christmas tree farms, here are some tips - or reminders - to help you and your loved ones get the most out of the experience.

 

1. First, make sure to dress in warm, practical clothing when visiting any of these locations - a sturdy pair of shoes is an essential accessory for every member of the family.

2. Before you pack the gang into the car, call or visit the Web site of your intended destination to check that weather conditions are favorable and that the type of tree you're looking for is still available-this becomes more important as it gets closer to Christmas when the snow really starts to fly and the tree supply has been picked over (some locations may sell out of trees before their listed close date).

3. Most farms allow dogs, but call to check before you pack up your pet.

4. Check to see if the tools you'll need, like a saw and netting to pack up your tree, are provided. Most farms provide you with tools and optional assistance in cutting down and carrying your tree, but it's best to be prepared. If you have to bring your own tools, opt for a handsaw and steer clear of axes or chainsaws, as they're usually not allowed.

5. When you've chosen your tree, cut it as close to the ground as possible so you'll have enough trunk left to cut it a second time at home. This second cut allows the tree to soak up more water, which makes for a healthier, greener tree come Christmas morning.

6. Once your tree is placed in your home, keep the room temperature a bit lower, around 65 degrees (or at least keep the tree away from direct heat), to help keep it looking and smelling fresh throughout the holiday season.

7. Water your tree daily. Fresh trees tend to be very thirsty, so check your tree regularly to make sure the base is always covered with water.

Where to cut your own christmas tree, ny, nj, ct, long island

8. Enjoy!

 

Click here for our complete 2009 Guide

For other region-specific guides, visit:  Long Island; Fairfield County, Connecticut; New Jersey

 

 

 

WHERE TO CUT YOUR OWN TREE IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY

 

Outhouse Orchards

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

914-277-3188; www.outhouseorchards.info

Open Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, 8am-6pm daily. Store on premises with homemade pies and donuts, farm produce, and holiday decorations.

 

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights

914-245-5111; www.wilkensfarm.com

Open November 28 through December 13, 10am-4:30pm. Each family member gets a free cup of hot cider while you choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Farm market, bakery, and gift shop with roping, tree stands, and decorations.

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

  

Hardwick Tree Farm
213 Wood Street, Mahopac
845-528-5814
Open weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 8am-dusk. Saws and bailing provided. Free hot cider and cookies.

 

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY

 

Abel's Tree Farms

435 North Clove Road, Verbank

845-677-6395; www.abelstrees.com

Open Friday after Thanksgiving, weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 9am-dark. Complimentary bailing and handling assistance provided. Free hot chocolate and free wagon rides to fields. Also available: wreaths, tree stands, tree preservatives, and automatic tree watering devices.  A variety of hot food available.

 

Battenfeld Christmas Tree Farm

856 Route 199, Red Hook

845-758-8018; www.christmastreefarm.us

Open daily November 28 through December (check Web site for closing date), 8am-4pm. Handmade, decorated wreaths available.

 

Bilmar Nurseries

26 Bilmar Boulevard, Pleasant Valley

845-635-3206; www.bilmarnurseriesinc.com

Open daily November 27 through Christmas Eve, weekends 9am-4:30pm, weekdays 10am-4:30pm. Hay wagon and fire truck rides to and from the fields on weekends. Refreshments available for purchase on weekends. Tools and bailing provided.

 

Fabulous Firs (satellite farm of Bilmar Nurseries)

664-702 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie

845-635-3206; www.bilmarnurseriesinc.com

Opens November 27, open weekends November 28 through December (check Web site or call for availability), 9am-4:30pm. Hay wagon rides to and from the fields. Tools and bailing provided.

 

Sonny Sky Tree Farm (satellite farm of Bilmar Nurseries)

Rombout Road, LaGrange

845-635-3206; www.bilmarnurseriesinc.com

Opens November 27, open weekends November 28 through mid-December, 9am-4:30pm. Tools and bailing provided.

 

Evergreen Farm

407 North Tower Hill Road, Millbrook

845-677-3785; www.evergreentree.com

Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 27 through December 20, 9:30am-4:30pm. Handsaws and free bailing available. Precut trees and fresh, handmade holiday wreaths also available.

 

Hahn Farm

1697 Salt Point Turnpike, Salt Point

845-266-3680; www.hahnfarm.com

Open November 27 through December 22, weekends 9:30am-4:30pm, weekdays 12pm-4:30pm. Precut trees also available. Hayrides and hot chocolate available on weekends only. Families receive a complimentary cup of hot chocolate with tree purchase.

 

Meadowland Farm

Schultzville Road, Clinton Corners (one mile east Taconic State Parkway)

845-266-4966; [email protected]

Open December 5-20 weekends only, 9am-dusk. Tools and assistance provided.

 

Primrose Hill Farm

203 Fiddler's Bridge Road, Staatsburg

845-889-4725; www.primrosehillfarm.com

Open December 4-6 and 11-13, 9am-4pm. Tools and assistance provided. Christmas shop with wreaths, gifts, ornaments, crafts, baked goods, and hot chocolate.

 

Saltsman Christmas Tree Farm

214 Route 308, Rhinebeck

845-876-8801; www.saltsmantreefarm.com

Open November 28 through December 24, 10am-dark. Precut trees also available, as well as wreaths, kissing balls, and other holiday decorations.

 

Solvang Tree Farm

80 Bedell Road, Poughkeepsie

845-473-0224; www.christmastreesny.org/solvang/

Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 27 through December 20, 9am-4:30pm. Rope and bailing provided. Precut trees also available. Small petting zoo, refreshment stand, and gift shop.

 

Wonderland Farm

191 White Schoolhouse Road, Rhinebeck

845-876-6760; www.wonderlandfarm.com

Opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, 9:30am-dusk. Open Saturday and Sunday November 28 through Christmas Eve, 9:30am-dusk. Saws and binding provided. Selection includes 10-14 feet trees. Hot cider and cocoa available.

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY

 

Graney Tree Farm

24 Lang Drive, Pine Bush

845-361-3022

Open weekends November 28 through Christmas Eve, 10am-dusk. Rope provided. Decorated and undecorated wreaths available.

 

Manza Family Farm

730 Route 211, Montgomery

845-692-4364; www.manzafamilyfarm.net

Open daily December 5 through Christmas, 8am-5pm. Precut trees, wreaths, and roping also available. Gift shop on premises.

 

Pine View Farm

575 Jackson Avenue, New Windsor

845-564-4111; www.pineviewfarmny.com

Open December 12 and 13, 9am-4pm. Tools and assistance provided. Homemade wreaths and Christmas decorations available.

 

Stone Oak Farm

207 Stony Bar Road, Slate Hill

845-355-4751

Open weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 9am-4pm. Other times by appointment.

 

Sumner's Wintergreen Tree Farm

123 Brola Road, Middletown

845-386-2032

Open weekends in December, 9am-4pm.

 

 

ULSTER COUNTY

 

Bell's Tree Farm

647 Mettacahonts Road, Accord

845-626-7849; www.bellschristmastrees.com

Open November 27 through Christmas Eve (open until noon); weekdays 9:30am-dusk, weekends 8am-dusk. Hayrides offered weekends only November 27 through December 13, 11am-3:30pm. Precut trees also available. Tools and assistance provided. Gift shop on premises.

 

Where to cut your own christmas tree, ny, nj, ct, long island

Hardenburgh Christmas Tree Farm

206 Hardenburgh Road, Ulster Park

845-658-8894; www.hardenburghfarm.com

Open weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, 9am-dusk. Tractor rides through the tree fields offered. Tools and assistance provided. Precut trees and handmade wreaths also available. Holiday and gift shop on premises.

 

Mountain Fresh Farms

Baileys Gap Road, Highland

845-795-2260 (weekdays); 845-795-2728 (weekends); www.mountainfreshfarms.com

Open November 27-29, December 5-6, 12-13; 9am-4pm. Tools and assistance provided. Refreshments available. Hayrides and firepit with make-your-own s'mores. Santa appearances throughout the day.

 


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