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Tis the season for a Christmas tree trek

Dec 3rd, 2014 | Category: Features

Douglas fir, Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, White spruce, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and more. There are many varieties of Christmas trees available from local tree farms – now open for the season. Following are some of the tree farms in our area, and most are open through Dec. 23 or Christmas Eve. Some have special events in December, gift shops and activities on site such as caroling, crafting and sleigh/wagon rides, as well as balled trees, holiday decor and other items. Please call to verify hours and if seeking a specific variety. Enjoy!

Kids head out into the fields at Sisters Tree Farm, just south of Van Zandt. PHOTO BY BECCA SCHWARZ COLE

Kids head out into the fields at Sisters Tree Farm, just south of Van Zandt. PHOTO BY BECCA SCHWARZ COLE

 

Whatcom

Alpine Meadows Tree Farm: 3585 Valley Highway, south of Van Zandt, (360) 595-1019.

Bell Creek Trees: 5669 Mount Baker Highway, Deming, (360) 592-5061.

Fullner U-Cut Christmas Trees: 3765 E. Hoff Road, (360) 592-5820.

Kelly Road Christmas Tree Farm: 1129 E. Kelly Road, (360) 510-9198, www.kellyrdtreefarm.com.

Misty Meadows Farm: 6197 Everson Goshen Road, Everson, (360) 312-3554, www.mistymeadowsfarm.com.

Noon Road Trees: 7188 Noon Road, Lynden, (360) 354-8689.

Pete Pederson Christmas Trees: 4035 Mount Baker Highway, Deming, (360) 592-2639.

Red Mountain Tree Farm: Located on Mount Baker Highway  between Kendall and Maple Falls, (360) 599-1765, www.redmountaintrees.com.

River’s Edge U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm: 4773 Deming Road, Deming, (360) 592-5220, www.riversedgeucut.com.

Sisters Tree Farm: 3771 Valley Highway, a mile south of Van Zandt, (360) 592-5614.

Stoney Ridge Farm: 2092 Van Dyk Road, Everson, (360) 592-5220, www.stoneyridgefarm.com.

 

Skagit

Big Lake Trees: 19117 State Route 9, Mount Vernon, (360) 422-5124, www.biglaketrees.com.

The Berry Barn: 14285 Laconner Whitney Rd, Mount Vernon, (360) 466-1923, funattheberrybarn.com.

Schuh Farms: 15565 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, (360) 424-6982.

Johnson’s Christmas Trees: 9865 District Line Road, Burlington, (360) 757-4294

 

Snohomish

Bowen Christmas Tree Farm: 19301 95th Ave Ne, Arlington, WA 98223, (360) 435-9260, bowenchristmastreefarm.com.

Farmer Brown’s Christmas Tree Farm: 12017 109th Ave. NE, Arlington, (360) 659-6686.

Holiday Forest U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm: 3125 280th St NW, Stanwood.

Lochsloy Acres Tree Farm:   5511  State Road 92, Lake Stevens, (425) 308-0355.

Stocker Farm: 63 Lincoln Ave, Snohomish, (360) 568-2338, www.stockerfarms.com.

Tree Patch Christmas Tree Farm: 5029 Robe Menzel Rd, Granite Falls, (360) 691-5927.

Reade Christmas Tree Ranch: 7724 171st Ave Se, Snohomish, (360) 862-8778, www.nwchristmastrees.org.

Wintergreen Tree Farm: 13606 South Machias Road, Snohomish, (425) 903-4020

 

Island

Henderson Holly Farm: 764 E Troxell Road, Oak Harbor, (360)  240-9032, www.hendersonhollyfarm.com.

Hennrichs Tree Farm, Hastie Lake Road, (360) 678-4000.

Pacific Winds Farm: 2870 Torpedo Road, Oak Harbor, (360) 240-2441.

Scattered Acres Christmas Tree Farm: 7111 Heggenes Road, Clinton, (360) 341-4198.

 

U-dig: Live trees

Live, balled Christmas trees are available at some tree farms. Call farms to verify. Many families have shared their traditions and stories with us of getting a live tree and planting it after the holiday, watching it grow from year to year.

 

More local farms

Additional farms wanting to be included in this listing are welcome to submit information to editor@grownorthwest.com. This list will be updated online as more details are received.

 

Tree permits now available for cutting in Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Permits are now available to cut Christmas trees in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the eastern areas of Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties (as well as King and Pierce). Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees taller than 12 feet require a tall-tree permit for $20.

Parking permits are required for parking in a dedicated Sno-Park lot. The U.S. Forest Service suggests getting trees early, before snowfall, because most trees are reached only by narrow, unplowed mountain roads, which sometimes require high-clearance vehicles, tire chains and a shovel. Check road conditions before you go at fs.usda.gov/goto/mbs/road-trails.

Permits and maps to cutting areas are available at: Mt. Baker Forest Service Ranger Station in Sedro-Woolley, (360) 856-5700;  Glacier Public Service Center, (360) 599-2714, Darrington Ranger Station, (360) 436-1155; and Skykomish Ranger Station, (360) 677-2414.

For more information, visit the Forest Service website at fs.usda.gov. The cutting season lasts through Dec. 24.

 

Using your tree after the holiday

Here are some ideas for using your cut Christmas tree after the holiday:

 

Donate to a local Boy Scout troop

Several troops in our area pick up Christmas trees by donation in early January. The troops do this as a fundraiser, and the trees are turned into garden mulch and wood chips and applied in local parks and other areas.

 

Garden trellis, log, or mulch

Use the branches to make a trellis or small tomato stand in the garden. Use the log in your garden or yard as a border or bed support. Have the tree mulched for use in your garden.

 

Rustic plant stand

Cut the log into small plant stands for a rustic touch on your front porch or in the garden. Top with a wider, round cut to make a table top.

 

Compost or fire

Let the needles fall off the tree and rake them into the compost, use the smaller branches for kindling, or have a fire on New Year’s Day.

 

 

Make your own tree: Three  fun projects at home

Don’t have a tree or don’t want a tree, but would like some other tree decoration? Maybe you have a very small space, maybe you’re on a budget, or maybe you’re just looking for something different? There are several options if you use your imagination! I have spent quite a few Christmas holidays with a “fake” tree, some have been made of fabric, a couple using a tomato cage, and I’ve even been known to decorate a wall with branches and lights. Check out these three fun and easy ways to get a “tree” in your home. I’ve received compliments on all of these, and have inspired friends to do these in addition to the real trees they decorate each year. Whatever you choose to do, have fun and enjoy the season.

 

Tomato cage

Turn it upside down, so the prongs are on top. Tie the prongs off together using garden wire, yarn, etc. Adorn the top with a star or other decoration. If you have evergeen cuttings, affix them and wind them through the tomato cage. If not, proceed with the lights, ornaments and other decorations. These also make great entry way or porch decorations, or smaller trees for rooms. You can even use green yarn all the way around!

 

Branches on a wall

Lay out different sizes of small branches and twigs, or pieces of wood, to form the shape of a tree. Place them on the wall or glue to large piece of cardboard or other sturdy paper and then attach to the wall. Adorn them with small lights and ornaments.

 

Fabric

Using one yard of green fabric (or other seasonal color of your choice), lay the fabric flat. At the center, pinch it and lift it. It will look triangular in shape, nearing the shape of a tree. Use small safety pins and thumbtacks to place it on a wall. Apply mini balls and decorations. I have also covered a tomato cage with fabric and decorated it this way, placed in the center of a table, with evergreen cuttings at the base. It was one of my favorites!

 

 

 

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