Where to buy a real Christmas tree?

Thumbnail image for blue spruce branch needlesHeather emails:

I would love to know the best place to buy a real christmas tree. It doesn't have to be cut your own but I rather buy from an independent seller then a chain. Thank for the help.

We've had a similar question before, but, it mostly ended up in a discussion about whether live/real Christmas trees were environmentally friendly. Which is a fine discussion to have, it just didn't really address the question at hand.

So if you have a suggestion for Heather, please share!

By the way: Here's last year's list of cut-your-own-tree places -- it is not updated for this year, but it's a good place to start if you want to head out into the cold with a saw. (Wait, that doesn't sound right...)

Comments

Bob's Trees- Galway, NY

Hewitts on rte 20 is good. They only sell two varieties and I don't know how the price compares to other sellers but it's easy breezy and they'll even give the end a nice fresh cut for ya.

Kuzmich's Christmas Tree Farm in Greenwich! It is cut-your-own and a beautiful spot to do so. https://www.facebook.com/KuzmichsTrees

Rotterdam Fire District #2 on Curry Road in Rotterdam. Not cut your own but nice trees for $38. This is our primary fundraiser we do for the year...

Majestic Tree Farm in Selkirk. I've been cutting down my tree there for years now.

http://www.majestictreefarm.com/

Elm's tree farm in Ballston Spa is a great place?
http://www.ellmstrees.com/

We always get our tree from Gade Farm over on Route 20 in Guilderland. They have a good selection of trees and they're very nice people that have known our family for years so we like to give them the business.

Sorry to be a party pooper, but please be aware that your Christmas tree could bring ticks into your home, thereby putting you at risk for Lyme disease.

I agree with both Ellms and Gade's. Ellms gives you more of that "atmosphere" of being out on a tree farm, but it's a little bit of a hike for us. We have always gotten good trees from Gade's, and we are happy to give them our money - seem like a very nice family and the kids they have helping load up your tree are always very nice.

We always go to Troy's on Rt. 9 in Cohoes just before the bridge leading into Halfmoon.They have many of the trees set up on stands so you can get a better idea of fullness and height, and they are always extremely helpful with cutting, loading onto your car, etc.

Bob's in Galway. They bring in fresh cut trees from their farm every day. You can literally wait for the truck to show up and grab one that was just cut that morning as they throw them off. They also have Santa (if you have kids), horse drawn sleigh rides and a nice little food stand to warm up with a coffee and slice of pie before heading home.

Winterset Tree Farm in Poestenkill on Snyders Corners Road is great. About as non-commercial as your can get!

Fears of introducing unwanted and potentially harmful pests into the home via the tree are unwarranted.

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/christmas-trees/information/bugs-and-the-real-christmas-tree

majestic tree farm off rt 9w in Selkirk was good. We wanted cut your own. Good selection, plenty of staff, heated room, cookies, etc.......

Today, we went to Van Etten Tree Farm in Altamont, 2nd generation tree farm. Plenty of trees to cut your own (or get a pre-cut one), not crowded, hay ride to the tree field, bonfire, hot chocolate & cookies for sale inside, pony rides for $3, goats & sheep to feed/pet. All trees are $35; add $3 to wrap. Nice, relaxed, pleasant atmosphere & staff.

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