Monday, October 24, 2011

Swing into the holidays with a visit to a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm!

New Hampshire’s many Christmas tree farms are like scenes from a Christmas card – rolling hills lines with perfectly shaped fir trees, snow-covered landscapes, and festive dashes of holiday color.

Many of our farms offer special touches like caroling, visits from Santa, rich hot cocoa, and horse-drawn sleigh rides to provide the perfect scene for finding a perfect Christmas tree. As the holidays near, we invite you to explore our list of New Hampshire Christmas tree farms to find the place where you’ll get YOUR Christmas tree this year!

There are several farms throughout the state where shoppers can meander through snowy fields to find their own perfect tree to harvest, or simply select one from the farms’ on-site retail lots. Many of our farms also sell holiday wreaths and garland, Christmas decorations, and unique gifts.

Some farms also offer vacation packages that include a Christmas tree from a local tree farm and lodging at a selection of area inns and hotels. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway at a charming New England inn or a family outing at a larger hotel, this is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit!

With so many wonderful options, we know your trip to a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm this season will yield a fantastic tree for trimming and lasting Christmas memories for years to come!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Christmas Tree Trivia

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to grow a Christmas tree? Or when the tradition of hauling an evergreen inside during the darkest days of winter started? As New Hampshire Christmas tree farms prepare for the upcoming holiday season, we share some Christmas tree trivia...
  • The first record of a decorated Christmas tree comes from 500 years ago! Local merchants in Latvia decorated a tree in 1510 with artificial roses and danced around it before setting fire to it. (Today, of course, Christmas tree decorations are much more varied, and we leave the tree up to admire it and celebrate the season for much longer!)
  • During the 1600s, Christmas trees were popular in Germany and were often decorated with apples.
  • Americans caught onto the tree craze in the 1800s, and by the 1850s, Christmas trees were being sold commercially in the United States. Initially, these trees were cut from forests, but in 1901, the first Christmas tree farm was started in New Jersey. Today, some 30 million farm fresh Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States.
  •  In 1853, President Franklin Pierce, who hailed from New Hampshire, brought the first White House Christmas tree to the Capital.
  • Today, Christmas trees are grown on farms in every state, translating to some 15,000 Christmas tree farms, 350,000 acres in production, 350 million trees currently growing, and more than 100,000 local jobs! (Artificial trees, conversely, are generally produced in China and other Asian countries, using harmful heavy metals and petroleum products.)
  • For every farm fresh Christmas tree harvested during the holiday season, tree growers plant 1 to 3 seedlings the following spring.
  • It takes those seedlings several years to make it to Christmas tree height – an average of seven years.
  • The most common types of Christmas trees grown by New Hampshire farmers are Balsam fir and Fraser fir.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mail order NOW open!

Our New Hampshire Christmas tree farmers think about the holidays year-round. We know some of you are already thinking ahead to decking the halls, too, and we invite you to place an order now for mail order Christmas trees, wreaths, and all you’ll need to make your holidays merry and bright!

Many of our Christmas tree growers sell mail order, farm fresh Christmas trees in various sizes and varieties. Shoppers can order any time and select a shipping date close to the holidays for hassle-free holiday shopping. Our farmers will pack your farm grown tree in a special carton to preserve freshness and that wonderful fir tree fragrance.

Our farms also sell handmade wreaths, crafted from fresh fir clippings and decorated to your liking, as well as beautiful ornaments, helpful tree accessories, garlands, and more!

To find a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm offering mail order sales, please check out our farm directory.