What is going on down at
Grappenhall Christmas Trees
Our farm doors open in just one week on November 17th. At this time of year we celebrate our Harvest of Christmas Trees which we have been lovingly growing and tending all year. Our end of Harvest coincides with Christmas, which is a doubly festive time for us.
Between now and then things really get going and we thought we would let you in on what’s been happening down on the Christmas Tree Farm.
Harvesting our trees
Throughout the year we plant more trees for the years to come. On average our Christmas trees are growing for between 6 and 8 years before we harvest them for our customers. Each year, throughout the growing seasons, we prune, weed and ensure that our trees remain healthy, so that when Harvest time comes they are perfectly ready for reaching our customers.
We like to harvest our trees as close as possible to Christmas. This way they look and smell so fresh throughout the Christmas period. All varieties of trees last, look and smell so much better if they are kept in a water containing stand, which needs topping up daily as fresh trees are very thirsty.
“First to the Field”
So, at our “First to the Field” event weekend, this year on November 17th and 18th, our customers wander our field, choose their perfect growing tree, tag it with a special Christmas Tree Tag and arrange to have it cut to collect nearer to Christmas, ensuring its as fresh as can be. All this while enjoying a cup of warming, Hot Chocolate.
Following this event, we begin harvesting trees from our fields to bring into our yard and display for selling. Most of our trees are sold within one week of leaving the field, again ensuring their freshness. Mondays and Tuesdays are our harvesting days when we are busy in the fields and closed for selling. When we open again on Wednesdays through Sundays, our yard is brimming with freshly harvested Christmas Trees just waiting to be taken home.
The only decision for our Customers is which Variety of Tree should they choose. More on this next time.