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O Christmas Tree

Posted November 25, 2008

The Christmas tree buying season kicks off this weekend. Where will you buy your tree this year? Will you buy it from a local nursery? Will you take the family to the mountains and choose a Fraser Fir straight from the farm? Or will you buy a tree from your local grocer? How many of you will pull your Christmas tree out of the attic?

I would like this to be a forum of helpful information. My family enjoys the choose and cut farms of Alleghany County in the northeast part of the state. It’s about a three hour drive from Raleigh. We have been very pleased with Pine Shadows Farm near Roaring Gap and Joe Edwards Christmas Trees near Sparta.

Christmas tree farming is a huge business in North Carolina. We have about 1,600 farmers statewide. The Fraser Fir represents 90% of the Tar Heel crop. 50 million of these beautiful trees are growing right now on more than 25,000 acres.

Do you prefer the “Fir” or some other type of tree? Please weigh in.

Here is a great place to get information – the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association:


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  • mcmags Nov 25, 2008

    We go to the NC Farmers Market here in Raleigh. We have gone there for 10 Christmases now. We love buying fresh trees from NC and supporting those farmers.

  • dalejrfan4ever Nov 25, 2008

    I also have an artificial tree. I always said I would never get
    one. Yankee Candle has an amazing candle that smells like a real tree. When people came to my house last Christmas they thought my tree was real b/c of the candle.

  • jvdavis13 Nov 25, 2008

    Me, my brother, and cousin venture up to Sparta, NC each year with aspirations of finding that one tree that perfectly captures the essence of Christmas. Year after year we arrive at honest Joe Edwards Christmas Trees and never leave unsatisfied. Joe's farm is set on a sprawling lot with trees of all sizes, he even has an art gallery on the premises. As far as I'm concerned, fraser fir trees and Honest Joe Edwards are the only way to go!

  • uncfan89 Nov 25, 2008

    Jackson Brothers Produce on US 1 in Sanford, Mr.Mitchell has beautiful trees and they have the flocked ones, they also do fruit baskets and have old fashion candies and you can go next door to the grill and have a Barbeque sandwich. And sometimes Santa is there.

  • thefensk Nov 25, 2008

    kudos to Brian and his aluminum tree. My grandmother warmly embraced the aluminum tree in the early sixties. I wish I had her tree now. Funky and futuristic or not, Granny's silver foil tree with blue ornaments is something that is firmly burned into my memory. Literally.

  • thinknc Nov 25, 2008

    Had the name wrong on previous post--it's McInnis Tree Farm, Presnell Road, Sparta. They have wreaths,garland, cider, etc., and are always most friendly. They have had a good selection of trees, and take you to the cutting area in a wagon.

  • cheddarhead Nov 25, 2008

    We go every year, thanksgiving Weekend, to Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm and tag a cedar tree. We go back a few weeks later to have them cut it down and we take it home. Last year we actually went there and bought a tree they brought in from the mountains. Not sure what kind we will get this year. They have a little gift shop, snacks, and bounce houses for the kids! The family that owns it is wonderful.

  • RaleighRob Nov 25, 2008

    Best place to go to get a live tree is the State Farmer's Market...there's like 10-12 vendors there. You can pick and choose among them all in one place...and they're usually competing with each other to have the lowest price.

  • Raleighnative58 Nov 25, 2008

    I too am allergic, but when we first moved to Morrisville in 1983, we began a tradition of walking across the street to Mr. amd Mrs. Green's cedar tree farm (where Neomonde bakery is today). We loved having the kids pick just the right tree and the smell was awesome. As Mr. Green got older, he stopped selling the trees and we bought an artificial tree. I still miss the smell, but we all have much less allergies during the Christmas season.

  • rp3292 Nov 25, 2008

    My wife and I always go to a tree farm located in Linville Falls on Hwy 221 near the Blue Ridge Parkway called "A White Christmas Tree Farm." We usually drive up on Friday Night to Boone and spend the night, go shopping at MAST General Store in Boone on Saturday Morning and drive down and cut our tree and drive home Saturday Evening. Last year we traveled to Asheville on Friday and did the Christmas Candlelight Tour at Biltmore and drove up to the farm and cut our tree on Saturday. If you have not had the opportunity to view Biltmore during the Christmas season, I highly recommend you make this a part of your Christmas travel to the mountains to cut your OWN tree.




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