SEASONAL HOURS:
(Nov 19 – Dec 23)

Monday-Thursday, 12-8pm CHRISTMAS EVE = 9AM-12PM
Friday-Sunday, 9am-8pm  (cut-your-own fields close each day at 4:30)

FARM ENTRANCE:
10970 43rd Street North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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MAILING ADDRESS:
4452 Lake Elmo Ave North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Historical Timeline

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1950:

The first pine trees are planted by Al and Elaine Krueger on their farm in Stillwater, MN, as a way to prevent soil erosion and promote reforestation. » Return to top

 

1955:

The many trees needed to be thinned as they grew.  The Krueger’s first began giving the trees away to friends and neighbors.  As time went on they began selling them to the public.  » Return to top

 

1960-70’s:

Krueger Tree Farm was formed and slowly grew larger each year.  The farm became known throughout the Twin Cities for quality trees and great service. » Return to top

 

1983:

The Kruegers’ oldest son, Neil, and his wife, Deb, bought a farm in nearby Lake Elmo, MN.  The farm had previously been owned and farmed by Neil’s grandparents.  Sprucegate Farm was born as second-generation growers Neil and Deb began planting a few acres of trees. » Return to top

 

1980’s:

Krueger Tree Farm continued to boom at the Stillwater location.  Hundreds of families made the annual trip to the farm for their Christmas trees.  Sprucegate Farm also planted more trees each year.  Harsh droughts in the late 1980’s were devastating on the farm but more trees were planted. » Return to top

 

1992:

Sprucegate Farm harvests their first crop and begins selling trees in Lake Elmo.  A major business change was made as choose-and-cut trees were offered for the first time, in addition to the traditional mainstay of pre-cut trees. » Return to top

 

1992-94:

Both farms operate concurrently, but vast majority of business is at Krueger Tree Farm. » Return to top

 

1994:

Al and Elaine decide to sell their farm due to health and financial concerns.  Neil and Deb work to convert as many customers as possible to Sprucegate Farm. » Return to top

 

1994-2004:

Neil and Deb continue to plant trees and grow Sprucegate Farm with their children, Amy and John.  Customers are drawn to the farm for its proximity to the Twin Cities, quality trees, tree farm experience, and cut-your-own and pre-cut trees. » Return to top

 

2000:

Neil and Deb purchase an additional 12 acres of land adjacent to the current farm.  Total acreage is now approximately 48 acres. » Return to top

 

2002:

The fourth generation of Krueger’s are born. » Return to top

 

2005:

The Krueger’s celebrate their 50th year of selling Christmas trees.  The tree barn is expanded, nearly doubling the indoor retail space. » Return to top

 

2007:

Sprucegate Farm changes it’s name to Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm.  The warming house was expanded in size to allow for more space for customers.  The parking lot and tree lot were also re-graded to create better customer flow and improve safety.  The farm was also connected to city water services, providing the opportunity to irrigate new seedlings. » Return to top

 

2009:

The Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm website is redesigned.  The new format provides more information on the farm, including hours, latest news, trees, services, history, directions, and environmental information.  Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm was also awarded the first-ever Justin Bradshaw Service Award from the United Way for the farm’s contributions to the organization. » Return to top

2011:

The Warming House was remodeled to add more space and seating for our customers as they warm up from the cold and sip hot apple cider.  The Warming House was originally constructed from lumber that Grandpa Krueger salvaged from old St. Paul streetcar shelters back in 1951.  » Return to top