Homegrown trend: Area Christmas tree farms keeping tradition alive
by Michelle Babcock
November 30, 2013 11:55 PM | 2334 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Josh Brooker and his family drove all the way from Roswell to pick out a tree from Deerwoods Tree Farm on Friday afternoon. From left, wife Helen with four-month-old Tilden, Josiah, 3, Wellington, 4, Tate, 11, and Fielding, 3. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Josh Brooker and his family drove all the way from Roswell to pick out a tree from Deerwoods Tree Farm on Friday afternoon. From left, wife Helen with four-month-old Tilden, Josiah, 3, Wellington, 4, Tate, 11, and Fielding, 3.
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Deerwoods Tree Farm worker Cody Smith ties down a wrapped Christmas tree for a customer Friday. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Deerwoods Tree Farm worker Cody Smith ties down a wrapped Christmas tree for a customer Friday.
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Chris Hrouda and his daughter, Brooke, pick out the perfect Christmas tree Friday afternoon. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Chris Hrouda and his daughter, Brooke, pick out the perfect Christmas tree Friday afternoon.
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David Rhodes of Canton picks out a Christmas tree with his daughters, Rebecca, and Sarah, and wife, Dee Dee, on Friday afternoon at Deerwoods. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
David Rhodes of Canton picks out a Christmas tree with his daughters, Rebecca, and Sarah, and wife, Dee Dee, on Friday afternoon at Deerwoods.
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Canton resident Collin Frankford wraps up a Christmas tree at Deerwoods Tree Farm. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
Canton resident Collin Frankford wraps up a Christmas tree at Deerwoods Tree Farm.
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Christmas tree farms across Cherokee County are opened for business, with plenty of varieties and sizes to fill any space with holiday cheer.

From Woodstock to Canton, and all the way up to Ball Ground, there are plenty of fresh growing trees for Cherokee residents to choose from.

Deerwoods Christmas Tree Farm has been operating in Ball Ground for 25 years and offers a large selection of trees customers can saw down themselves, along with plenty of precut trees of various varieties and sizes.

The cut-your-own trees go for $6 a foot, and with precut trees starting at $20, there are a range of options for customers to choose from.

Betty Hutson, who owns the farm with her husband, Richard, said the best part about operating the farm is “watching the children get so excited about picking out the tree, and then coming in to see Santa Claus.”

The farm is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until dark, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until dark.

Hutson said they get a lot of great feedback on their trees, and said since they keep the precut trees in water, they tend to last longer.

Santa Claus welcomes visitors to Deerwoods Christmas Tree Farm on the weekends, usually between late morning and early afternoon, but Hutson said to call ahead for exact times each weekend.

The farm has tree stands available for purchase for those who need one, and they offer hot cider, hot chocolate, treats and hayrides to those wanting to make their journey to the farm a trip to remember.

Hutson said the farm is glad to help seniors cut down their own tree, and they also offer freshly made wreaths.

Deerwoods Christmas Tree Farm is at 1109 Henry Scott Road, in Ball Ground. It is situated in the Macedonia community and can be reached at (770) 479-1387.

Another option for Ball Ground residents is the Sperin Christmas Tree Farm, operating for about 25 years.

With 6-foot trees starting at $25, customers can cut their own locally grown Christmas tree on the weekend.

Hubert Sperin owns the farm with his wife, and said his children and grandchildren help run the farm.

Sperin said his favorite part about operating the Christmas tree farm is “sitting on the porch,” and watching what’s going on out on the field.

Only open on weekends from daylight until dark, Sperin said the farm has about 75 trees left for customers to select.

The Sperin Christmas Tree Farm is at 6694 Yellow Creek Road in Ball Ground, and can be reached at (770) 893-2285.

Cagle’s Family Farm is also ready to help customers find their perfect tree, providing precut trees for their fifth year this holiday season.

Cagle’s Farm has trees ranging from about $25 up to $90, with the largest being between 12 to 14 feet tall.

Isaac Carson has been working at the farm for nearly a decade, and has been helping customers select Christmas trees since Cagle’s Farm began selling them a few years ago.

“My favorite part of working with Christmas trees would be just the overall holiday spirit that you get with it,” he said. “It’s a totally different atmosphere than the corn maze.”

The farm offers free tree trimmings, Christmas wreaths, hayrides, hot drinks, a campfire and — new this year — the Holly Springs Christmas Light Show.

Carson said that the light show is free, and visitors can see the show from the warmth of their own cars while parked in the lot at the farm. The lights are programmed to light up along with music that visitors can tune into on their car radios.

Exact dates and times for the light show will be announced on the farm’s website as they become available, at caglesfamilyfarm.com/christmas-trees-2013/.

Santa Claus will even pay the farm a visit Dec. 6 and 7.

Cagle’s Family Farm will be selling trees through Dec. 22, and is open Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Cagle’s Family Farm is at 362 Stringer Road in Canton and can be reached at (770) 345-5591.

Berry Patch Farms is in Woodstock, and Debbie Durden and her husband have been operating the farm for 26 years.

The farm has Leland Cyprus trees for customers to cut themselves, priced at $7.50 a foot, and precut trees for $10 a foot.

Even if customers want a precut tree, Durden said it sure beats picking a tree from a parking lot.

With a fire, hot chocolate and hayrides available, and Durden said her favorite part of running a Christmas tree farm is seeing all the families come out to pick a tree, and having their farm “be a part of the tradition.”

“We have a lot of people that have been coming for years,” she said. “They come a certain day during the season and they have their funnel cake and get their hot chocolate, and go home and decorate their tree.”

Berry Patch Farms will be open through Dec. 15 from 2:30 until 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. weekends.

The farm is at 786 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock, and can be reached at (770) 926-0561.

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