10970 43rd Street North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
4452 Lake Elmo Ave North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are your trees?
We price the trees individually based on the height, specie, and overall quality of the tree. The prices for most trees range from $6 – $9 per foot (tax included). More details in the next section below…
Are your trees expensive?
Our trees are priced slightly higher than “Big Box” stores or chain-store lots. However, we believe our trees provide far greater value. The price on our trees includes the experience of buying your tree from a local farm and local farmers, including free wagon rides, hot cider, warming house, Santa Clause, and nature walks. The price also includes free shaking, fresh cut, baling, tootsie rolls, coloring books, and handling. We also tie your tree on your car for you. Many other farms charge extra for these services! Additionally, we include the MN sales tax in the price, so the price listed on the tree tag is the price you pay.
Do you have tall trees available?
Yes, we have trees up to 17+ feet tall. Please contact us for availability of specific sizes or species.
What types of trees do you sell?
We have Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Norway Pine, and Spruce. We are also starting to grow some Siberian Fir and Korean Fir. Here are some more information about each specie.
Is it okay if we bring our pets?
Yes, your pets are welcome at the farm but please make sure they stay on a leash.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. We also accept cash and checks.
Will someone help us with our tree?
Yes, we are a full service shop. Once you have selected your tree from our retail lot or brought the tree in from the field, we will shake, bale (wrap), make a fresh cut if you want, and then tie your tree on your vehicle (no extra charge!).
How close is your farm to the Twin Cities?
We are one of the closest farms to the Twin Cities. We are located in the east metro in the town of Lake Elmo. It is less than a 30 minute drive from most places in the metro area and western Wisconsin. Please see our directions for specific information.
Why do you only tag a limited amount of cut-your-own trees?
Each year we only tag trees that are ready to be harvested. This helps ensure a supply of trees in future years. We have recently purchased new land adjacent to the farm to accomodate more trees in the future. Please understand that there is a 10 year growth cycle for each field. You may also contact us to see how many choose-and-cut trees are remaining.
Can we pre-tag our tree?
Yes, you are welcome to come tag your tree before the season starts. We have a “tag-a-tree” kickoff weekend the second weekend in October. You may come during that time to reserve your tree. You can then come back during the season to harvest it. If you can’t make it to “tag-a-tree” weekend, you may come by the farm anytime afterwords. Simply grab a tag and ribbon from the white warming house. Maps and instructions will be posted.
Do you have lighting so we can shop after dark?
Yes, our tree lot and barn are well-lit. We have up to 250 trees under our lighted tree lot. However, our choose-and-cut fields are closed at dusk.
What do you sell besides trees?
We also offer a wide variety of hand-made wreaths (24″, 36″, 48″), swags, roping/garland, spruce tops, table top trees, tree bags, and other items.
Do you recycle trees after the holiday season?
Yes! We invite our customers to bring their tree back to the farm anytime after the Christmas season. There will be a central location in our parking lot where you can drop off your tree. In the early spring we will chip up these trees and use the chips for mulch around the newly planted seedlings. 100% of last years tree can help nurture the next generation of trees! Many towns and cities also sponsor tree recycling programs for their residents. We encourage you to explore these options as well if it is more convenient for you.
Is your farm organic?
Although we aren’t certified organic, we use farming practices that are as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible.
Do we need to bring our own saw?
We have many hand saws available to use. We do not allow power saws at the farm for safety reasons. We also have sleds to pull the tree with.
Are real trees more flammable than artificial trees?
Research has shown that a properly watered real tree is equally or more fire resistant than artificial trees. The “MythBusters” television show on the Discovery Channel also investigated the misconceptions about real trees and “busted” some common myths.
Are articial trees better than real trees?
We are obviously biased on this question, but from an objective standpoint there are many advantages of real versus artifical trees. First, our trees are grown locally; most artificial trees come from factories across the world. Second, real trees turn carbon dioxide into oxygen; the manufacturing of artificial trees releases volatile gasses and chemicals into the environment. Third, real trees are biodegradable and recyclable; most artificial trees cannot be recycled and end up in landfills. Finally, real trees provide habitat and protection for wildlife during their 10+ year lives!