Supply for the 2023 Christmas season:
Crane Hill Tree Farm has enjoyed considerable success in its mission to add the joy of a real tree to the Christmas experience of as many families as possible. After a few years in which sales outpaced the ability of the trees to keep up, we have now substantially recovered. We have a reasonable supply of Balsams in the 5 to 8 foot size range.
The fall and winter weather of 2018/2019 was not very kind to our younger trees. We lost at least 400 smaller trees. We planted considerably more than usual in 2019 and 2020, replacing most of the dead trees; but those trees won’t be ready until at least 2026. Then, we also got hit hard by a wet 2021 followed by the 2022 draught. We lost an even larger number of mostly very young trees. We replanted 1000 trees this spring; but were looking at 2028 or 2029 for those to be ready. Christas tree farming is not a “get rich quick scheme.”
We have also been planting in a separate nearby field for 7 years now. When mature, possibly as early as 2024 or 2025, some of those trees will be harvested and transported to the main farm to be sold as freshly precut trees. We expect many of those to be in the 8-10 foot range.
In recent years, however, our popularity has increased to the point where we have been forced to close after the first two or, at most, three weekends in order to preserve the supply for future years. The supply this year might allow opening for three weekends. But, if planning to come to Crane Hill Tree farm after December 3, you might want to call (413) 623-5865 or email email@example.com ahead.
New this year:
This year we bought a cone and materials for wrapping/netting trees. That should make it easier to load and unload your tree, especially if you don’t have a pickup truck. It also makes it easier to get your tree into the house. NETTING OF TREES WILL BE A FREE SERVICE.
All of our trees are one price. In 2022 we had different prices for cash/check versus credit. This year all trees will be one price, $52. We regret having to raise our price, albeit minimal. We try to keep our trees affordable for all. But inflation, especially the prices of fuel and fertilizer, has hit farms harder than many other businesses.
Hours of Operation:
We are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting the day after Thanksgiving. Hours are from 9:00 AM to sunset. Although there is no guarantee, we are often also able to accommodate customers on other days by appointment. Call or email in advance if you would like to come during the week.
233 Johnson Hill Road
Washington, MA 01223
PHONE: (413) 623–5865
Christmas Tree Association, Registered Tree Farm
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