Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  9am – 7pm
Monday-Thursday:   12pm – 7pm
NOTE:  The cut-your-own fields close at 4:30pm daily

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 $10 – $12 per foot (MN sales tax included).  Frasers and other trees 9’ and higher will be more per foot as these trees take much longer to grow to maturity.  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 close to the Twin Cities, including free wagon rides, hot cider, warming house, annualized ornament, and visits from Santa Clause (wagon rides and Santa times vary each weekend and posted on our homepage).  The price also includes free shaking, fresh cut, baling, tootsie rolls, and handling.  We will also tie your tree on your car for you.  Many other farms charge extra for these services!  Additionally, we include the MN sales tax (6.875%) in the price, so the price listed on the tree tag is the price you pay.  For example, on an $80 tree the $5.50 of tax is part of the price.

Do you have tall trees available?

Yes, we have trees up to 12+ feet tall.  We have a few trees up to  ~14′ tall but they are less sheared so they are less dense/full and thus more reasonable to handle.  Check our Homepage throughout the season for updated tree availability.

What types of trees do you sell?

We have Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, White Pine, Scotch Pine, and Norway Pine.  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, pets are welcome at the farm but please make sure they stay on a leash.

Do you allow picnics or parties in the warming house?

No, parties and picnics are not allowed due to space constraints.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.  We also accept cash and checks (not in 2020).

Can we drive in the fields?

No, we don’t allow vehicles in the fields for safety reasons.  Please park in the main parking lot and either walk into the fields or ride the wagon.

How far away are the cut-your-own fields?

The distance to the farthest possible field is 1/3 (0.33) of a mile.  Since we rotate our fields that field is cut once every 8 years.  All the other fields are closer than that, with an average distance of 0.16 of a mile (300 yards).  

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, and tie your tree on your vehicle (no extra charge!).  The cut-your-own fields are just that…you cut your own but we’ll process it back at the barn.

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 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.  There is an 8-10 year growth cycle for each field.  Check our Homepage throughout the season for updated cut-your-own information.

What does the Tree ID on the price tags mean?

Every tree for sale has a unique “Tree ID” on the price tag.  It’s used to match your tree with the 2-part sales tag in the tie-on area.  Instead of a serial “number” we use a serial “name”.  The name makes it more easy for us to process your tree.  It also personifies your tree a bit!  The names are famous or notable people throughout history…athletes, scientists, explorers, artists, civil rights leaders, inventors, heroes, etc.  Some are very well known, others may take some investigation.  Google the name to learn more!

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” season in the fall usually towards the end of October (check our Homepage , Facebook, or Instagram pages for exact date and more detailed information).  You can then come back during the season to harvest it.  We don’t allow pre-tagging once the selling season starts.

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 CUT-YOUR-OWN FIELDS ARE CLOSED AT 4:30 PM.

What do you sell besides trees?

We also offer a wide variety of hand-made wreaths (24″, 36″, 48″), tree stands, dogwood, roping/garland, spruce tops, table top trees, tree bags, and other items.

Do you have a drill machine for spike stands?

Yes, we do have a drill machine for stands that use a ~4-5″ metal spike to hold the tree.  The drill bit is slightly tapered and is meant for the Mitchell brand spike stand but it will likely work for other types of spike stands.  We previously sold this stand at the farm but have now changed to a non-spike design (Cinco brand).  We do the drilling at no charge, but let us know you need your tree drilled as we don’t do it for every tree (just at customer request).

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.  For instance, we take the extra time to heavily mulch our trees with wood chips to reduce weed growth and retain soil moisture instead of relying on chemicals and irrigation.  We also rotate each field and use cover crops to build up the soil nutrients instead of relying on fertilizers.

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.

Should be bring a trailer to load our tree on?

In general we recommend and request that you DON’T bring your trailer.  We are able to load 99% of the trees we sell onto your vehicle.  The exceptions are any extremely large and/or heavy trees (13’+, etc).  Over the years we’ve learned many tips and tricks for loading!  We are also very careful with your tree to avoid any damage or scratching.  If you want to be extra sure an old blanket under the tree is an option.  Additionally, our parking lot is limited in space so parking may be more difficult with a trailer.

Do you allow professional photographers at the farm?

We allow photographers by permission only and only before Thanksgiving and after Christmas (absolutely none during the tree selling season).  Please review our overall policy and request process.  Any photographers without prior permission or during the selling season will be asked to leave.

How long do Christmas trees take to grow?

In general, the trees grow about one foot per year.  So a typical 8 foot tree takes about 8 years to grow.  Fraser and Korean firs take longer.  This growth rate can be faster or slower depending on the weather, soil conditions, and rainfall over tree’s life.

Are real trees better for the environment than artificial trees?

There have been two Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s) commissioned to compare the environmental impacts of real trees versus artificial trees.  These LCA’s are reviewed and summarized here.  There are many factors that impact the environmental effects of both types of trees, but in general an artificial tree needs to be re-used approximately 20 years to equal the impact of real trees annually.  And this is independent of the benefits of supporting local farmers and farms!

Are artificial trees better than real trees?

We are obviously biased on this question, but from an objective standpoint there are many advantages of real versus artificial 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!

Other questions?

Many additional questions can be answered at the National Christmas Tree Growers website. Or, feel free to contact us.