Not easy being green: Christmas tree farms in Cherokee preparing for holiday season
by Kristal Dixon
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Kayla Stewart and Blake Newcomer of Deerwoods Tree Farm in Canton work to secure one of the many Christmas trees for sale at the farm this season.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
Kayla Stewart and Blake Newcomer of Deerwoods Tree Farm in Canton work to secure one of the many Christmas trees for sale at the farm this season.
Cherokee Tribune/Todd Hull
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CANTON — The county’s staple Christmas tree farms are gearing up for this year’s holiday season.

Deerwoods Tree Farm in Macedonia is hoping for a better year.

Co-owner Betty Hutson said last year was tough, as many of her customers didn’t have a lot of money to spend.

“We lost a lot of money because of trees left over,” she said, adding she hopes to draw in more people this year than the roughly 1,000 who shopped at the farm in 2010.

This year, the farm opened on Wednesday and will remain open through Christmas.

The farm’s hours are 10 a.m. until dark Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until dark Saturday and Sunday.

The pre-cut trees at the farm include Frasier Firs, which start at $15; Blue Spruces, which start at $44; and Concolor Firs, which start at $65.

Trees cut from the field, which includes Leyland Cypresses, Carolina Sapphires, Virginia Pines, White Pines, Cedars and Cryptomeria, are $6 per foot.

Hutson also said they will perform tree flocking for $5 per foot.

Along with the trees, the farm will offer hay wagon rides, which are $2 per ride; Santa Claus will visit each weekend; and a kids’ craft corner will be available.

As always, the farm will have hot cider, hot chocolate and other treats.

Hutson has already sold some trees.

“They say we have the best trees, and that’s why we get the repeat business,” she said.

Autumn Hill Nursery is also preparing for the Christmas tree shopping season.

The nursery, which has two locations, one in Pea Ridge and another in Hickory Flat, will be open seven days a week until Dec. 18.

Its hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

The nursery will have freshly cut Frasier Firs, with 6-foot trees priced at $60, 7-foot at $80, 8-foot at $100 and 9-foot trees at $140.

Sales representative Sheree Riggs said the nursery will also offer wreath-making workshops using Frasier Firs.

Riggs said the live Christmas tree industry has declined in recent years across the board, but added she believes the nursery will be successful, as it offers trees straight from the mountains of North Carolina.

“We go to the growers ourselves and handpick our trees, and they cut the ones we pick out,” she said.

Berry Patch Farm, just east of Woodstock, will remain open until Dec. 11. Its hours of operations are 2 to 6 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Co-owner Debbie Durden said the farm has fresh-cut Frasier Firs, at $11 per foot, and Leyland Cypresses that are grown in the farm’s field for $7.50 per foot.

Durden said just as many people visited the farm last year as compared to previous years, but customers bought less.

Along with trees, Durden said she’ll have fried pies, funnel cakes, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and a chance to make wreaths.

Durden said she’s hoping to see adults bring their children to the same farm their parents brought them to when they first opened more than 20 years ago. She said families usually come to her, but switch to purchasing trees at a “big box” retailer, return to her farm the next year.

Sperin Christmas Tree Farm in Yellow Creek is also hoping for a consistent year in sales.

The farm opened on Thursday and will remain open through Christmas. Its hours are 10 a.m. until dark each day, co-owner Hubert Sperin said.

Sperin said the farm will have Leyland and Murray cypresses. Trees, which vary between 6 feet to 10 feet, and range from $25 and $45.

Sperin said he believes things might be a “little slow,” but he’s hoping for the best.

“I hope I do as good as I did last year,” he said, adding he’s hoping to see between 200 and 300 people purchase trees.



Christmas Tree Farms in Cherokee:

* WHAT: Berry Patch Farm

* WHERE: 786 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock

* HOURS OF OPERATION: Open through Dec. 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends

* INFO: (770) 926-0561 or www.berrypatchfarms.net



* WHAT: Deerwoods Tree Farm

* WHERE:1009 Henry Scott Road in Ball Ground

* HOURS OF OPERATION: Open through Christmas from 10 a.m. until dark Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until dark Saturday and Sunday

* INFO: (770) 479-1387



* WHAT: Autumn Hill Nursery

* WHERE: 4256 Earney Road in Woodstock and 100 Pea Ridge Road in Canton

* HOURS OF OPERATION: open through Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays

* INFO: www.autumnhillnursery.com or (770) 410-0115 or (770) 345-5252



* WHAT: Sperin Christmas Tree Farm

* WHERE: 6694 Yellow Creek Road in Ball Ground

* HOURS OF OPERATION: Open through Christmas from 10 a.m. until dark each day

* INFO: (770) 893-2285
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