Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:24

Buy a Fresh and Local Christmas Tree This Year

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     The holiday season is upon is and Oswego County Christmas tree farmers are ready to help you find the perfect tree! Big or small, narrow or round, you can find that tree that is just right for you on one of the many local tree farms. Buying local not only supports Oswego County farm businesses, it also assures you have the freshest tree possible. Fresh cut trees smell better and keep their needles longer.

     “If purchased locally, and displayed properly with plenty of water, most real Christmas trees have excellent needle retention. Many of our customers report few or no needles on the floor after several weeks in their homes. While most people enjoy the aroma of our farm fresh trees, we also grow a fragrance-free variety that is a favorite with people with sensitive noses,” explains Faye Beckwith from Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Station in Hannibal, NY. She continued “Real Christmas trees are the best choice for both the environment and the economy. Real Christmas trees are a renewable and recyclable resource. They are grown as a crop, by local farmers who provide jobs for others. Trees are harvested and replenished annually. As they grow, real trees absorb harmful carbons and produce fresh oxygen.

     "Buying a fresh and local Christmas tree is also a great bonding experience for families. Beckwith commented “The experience of going to the farm to choose the perfect tree fosters family traditions and creates memories that last a lifetime. We have several four generation families who come annually to ride the tractor-drawn wagon to the fields - in search of the perfect tree.”

     Following is a list from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oswego County of the tree farms in Oswego County. For more information on these farms, including phone number, tree varieties sold and hours of operation, call CCE at 315.963.7286 for their Oswego County Christmas Tree Farm directory or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org:

 

Austin Tree Farm - 221 Baldwin Rd., Volney

Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Station - 189 Mill St., Hannibal

Bis-Mar Farms - Co. Rte. 26, West Monroe

Chengerian's Tree Land - Merritt Rd., Lysander

Darling's Christmas Tree Farm - 280 Blythe Rd., Hannibal

Emerald Mist Christmas Tree Farm - 1484 Rathburn Rd., Oswego

Finnerty Hill Tree Farm - 3750 Co. Rte. 17, Williamstown

Goodman’s Christmas Tree Farm – 460 Gilbert Mills Rd., Phoenix

Grace Farms - 78 Gunther Rd., Central Square

Granger's Christmas Tree Farm - 380 Tubbs Rd., Mexico

H & H Trees - 1430 Co Rte 28, Tinker Tavern Rd, Pulaski

Hemlock Haven Tree Farm - 460 Co. Rte. 22A (Ellisburg St), Sandy Creek

Leonard's Evergreens - 70 Dunham Rd., Hannibal

Spring Pond Farm - 3439 U.S. Rte. 11, Mexico 

Three Season Farm - 429 Drybridge Rd., Mexico

Trust Nursery & Florist - 4347 U.S. Rte. 11, Pulaski

Whitetail Acres Christmas Tree Farm - 1685 St. Rte. 264, Phoenix

     Oswego County is a rural county, with a prosperous agricultural community.  The diversity of land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables. Within the county there are at least seven local farmers markets, with one open almost every day of the week. The agricultural community in this county generates $39.4 million in annual revenue from 639 farms and supplies over 5,000 jobs.

     Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for the community through education that is valuable to the lives of Oswego County residents. For more information please call 315-963-7286 or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org.

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