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-$14 per foot (7.375% 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 corner 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, and a custom annualized ornament (activities may vary each weekend and are 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 (7.375%) in the price, so the price listed on the tree tag is the price you pay.  For example, on an $80 tree the $5.90 of tax is included in the tree price.

Do you have tall trees available?

Yes, we have trees up to 12+ feet tall.  We have a few trees taller than ~12′ 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 dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome at the farm but please make sure they stay on a leash.  Also use a doggy-bag to clean up after them and dispose of it in the garbage.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.  We also accept cash and checks.

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.  We have specialized sleds to use to pull your tree in from the fields.

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.  We are 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul.  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 randomly assigned and 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!

Early season reservations instead of pre-tagging?

We have started a reservation system the first part of the season.  Customers can pre-register for a time on our website.  This allows you to select a time that works best for you and helps balance the volume at the farm and reduces crowds, waiting in lines and checkout and tie-on, & increases safety.  This is a change from our prior pre-season pre-tagging process.  The reservations allow both pre-registering and later-season customers to get a great selection of trees and a good experience at the farm.  Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the quickest schedule updates each year.  
Cut-Your-Own Trees:  Reservations are required for the first part of the selling season. 
Pre-Cut Trees:  Reservations are NOT required but highly recommended.  We continually bring out new pre-cut trees so you get the same quality of selection over most of the season.

Do you have lighting so we can shop after dark?

Yes, our tree lot and barn are well-lit.  We have up to 300trees 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 allow picnics or parties in the warming house?

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

Do you sell gift cards?

Yes, please follow this link to order an eGift card.  Or email us if you’d like a physical gift card.

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.

Do you have unsheared or open trees?

Yes, we do we have trees that are more lightly sheared in addition to full or densely shaped trees.  These trees are also sometimes called “open”, “natural”, “traditional”, or “Victorian”.  Basically this means there is more spacing between the branches.  Each tree is also more unique in their shape and easier to decorate.  More and more customers are asking for that open style so we don’t shear our trees as tightly as some other farms.  Shearing is a process that happens in July of each year where we need to shape each tree in every field with a long knife.  Within any field there usually a mix of open and dense trees, a result of our shearing as well as genetic differences between individual trees, soil conditions, north/south facing slopes, etc.  There is a wide spectrum of people’s definition of what “unsheared” trees look like, and in general this means there needs to be a small degree of shearing to create a basic shape as well as branches that are strong enough to hold ornaments.  We have also started a field in a meadow in our woods that will be fully unsheared.  It will be about 4-5 years until they are ready for harvest, though.  

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 large sleds to pull your 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.

Is the farm handicap accessible?

We do our best to make sure the tree farm experience is available to and enjoyable for everyone.  As a working tree farm, in addition to variable outdoor weather elements, there are some challenges to this.  We have designated and posted handicapped parking spots at the front (north end) of the parking lot near the welcome/info station.  Most of the pre-cut lot area is flat or gently sloping and accessible.  The ground cover is gravel in the high traffic areas and grass in most other areas, including the fields.  We work hard to mow and maintain field accessibility but there are inherently areas of uneven ground, stumps, gopher mounds, etc.  Please email us ahead of time if you have any questions or individual needs.  Or talk to our staff (in red coats) about how we can best assist you.  We want to make the farm inclusive, safe, and fun for everyone!  We also welcome any feedback you have on how we can improve your farm experience.  

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 8-10 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 incredible 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 8+ year lives!

Other questions?

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