The best place to get a fresh-cut Christmas tree?

christmas tree lotMattW emails:

I am planning on getting my first real Christmas tree since moving to Albany area. Could the people at AOA or it's readers recommend places for tree's of the cut and self-cut type?

Random New York Christmas tree fact: Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs are the most popular Christmas tree varieties in New York State, according to the state Department of Agriculture & Markets.

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There is a cut your own Christmas tree farm on Hilton Road in Voorheesville. it's a huge place and the office is a little log cabin. You tell them the characteristics that you're looking for in a Christmas tree and they send you out with a saw and a sled. We always got our tree there. It's a great family owned business with all different types of trees. I highly recommend it for the full experience.

I've always been pleased with the trees at the Lowe's in Glenmont. They have a great assortment at very reasonable prices. They will also trim the trunk, bag it and assist you with tying it to your car. We've gotten nice trees from "mom & pop" places in the past, but we simply paid way too much for them.

Have to recommend Bob's Trees in Galway, not just because I know the family. If you want to make an excursion, it's a nice ride out in the country, and they've got Santa Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, and a huge variety of trees.

We got our tree at Gade Farms over on Western ave in the Guilderland/Altamont area. They had a very nice selection with lots of nice trees and the ones we bought lasted quite a while. Also helps that the family are all very nice and friendly... always nice to give the business to nice local folks.

bob's trees, gade farm
or
the Staat's down in castleton if they are still doing cut your own

Halfmoon Evergreen on Rt. 146 about 3 miles east of Rt. 9 is a good place for fresh cut or cut-it-yourself trees. You can go early and mark your tree to come back and cut later.

I third Bob's Trees. We just got ours there yesterday. You can cut you own or choose from a large selection of precuts. After that you can stop at the Village Pizzeria & Resaurante (http://www.villagepizzeria.com/ordereze/default.aspx), only a short drive away, for some good food.

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but seriously, on a more - serious note - this is another perfect example of why i love AOA so darn much. you have a question, you pose the question, and you get feedback from great, knowledgeable people all over the area! how awesome is that?!

For the past few years, we've been going to Majestic Tree Farm down in Selkirk. They're pre-cut or you can cut your own. Lots of different types. Good prices, and if you're an apartment dweller like I was, you can cut off the top 4 feet of a tree and make a tabletop tree out of it for about half-price.

We go to Olsen's out on Route 85 in Slingerlands. The trees have always been fresh and last through the season without much dropping. They also have cute cats who live in the greenhouse that we play with.

@Ryan: Great recommendation! $38 is a good price. I might have to check them out this year.

Have to mention our family fave, Van Etten's Christmas Trees just outside Altamont. Cut your own, hot chocolate, other goodies. Head up the hill toward Knox. If you drive into Knox, you passed it a half mile back, and you must be drivin' with your eyes closed again!

C.

Hewitt's on Western Ave. has a great selection. They'll even trim the end to your specifications and help you tie it onto the top of your car. They also have tons of pretty decorations inside and are always very friendly.

George's in Latham (new location near TJ Maxx) is great!! We got an 8' tree for $37!! You should get coupons in the mail as well.

Best of all is the help - the guys at George's put plastic covering over your tree, load it onto your car, and tie it down for you!

If you want the full cut your own experience but don't want to have to venture too far, go to the McDunna (sp?) in East Greenbush. It's on Gillian Rd. across from Goff school. It's cool to see a remaining working farm in a town that's largely residential these days and they are a nice family. We've been going there since I was a kid. When it snows the trees are so beautiful.

I just want to fix the street name typo in mirdreams's post, so that folks can find McDonough's -- it Gilligan Road, East Greenbush.

They were recently featured in the Troy Record, as well:
http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2009/11/30/news/doc4b13792a21171689584533.txt

@cassie - so, on your advice I went to Hilton road in Vorheesville. I drove end to end, twice. There is no Christmas tree farm there! What gives?

on a happier note, a local directed me to Van Etten's. Swell place, got a lovely tree.

I bought a tree yesterday at the corner of Delaware and Holland (by the tennis courts) - they had a great selection, good prices, and were very nice - gave the tree a fresh cut and were happy to tie it to your car (we walked).

Ellms Farm in Ballston Spa is fantastic! We got our tree there this year--they had such a great selection and this is the nicest Christmas tree I've ever had; the shape is absolutely beautiful. Ellms has such an organized system too.

We went to a place in Altamont last year (first weekend in December) where we wandered around for 3 hours only to come home with a tree that was missing an entire half because it was the best we could find there, so going to Ellms this year was like a dream!

We don't go for a whole Christmas tree in my family. Our late Pa was an early environmentalist, establishing the holiday tradition of the "Christmas Branch".

I remember how every year, he'd go out and vow to bring back a "whole Christmas tree". He never had the heart, reflecting that the tree, if allowed to live, would remain for another hundred years.

His spirit still inspires us to enter an open-mic contest each holiday season.

I think the place on Hilltop La in Voorheesville has closed. It was called Coughtry's and was run by a sweet old fellow. About 2 years ago it was being run by his sons, since he was ill. Last year when I went the signs were down. I don't think the sons had time to continue with the farm. It is truly missed, what a great family place it was and there was always a piece of candy for the kids!!

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