2021 Christmas Tree Update
See our Trees For 2021
We have taken 8 short Videos, walking through the different sections of our farm. These are meant to be "Slice of Life" representations of exactly what is in our fields as of August 31, 2021. Check them out.
Reservations are back
We look forward to this Christmas season with some great lessons learned from last year. Our reservation system, which we implemented in 2019 and also used exclusively in 2020 was a successful way for us to improve the experience for our guests, so we plan to continue with reservations being required for the 2021 Christmas Tree cutting season. The scheduling platform to reserve your time here at the farm will go "live" October 1st.
With us limiting the number of visitors last year, we cut less from the field, so there are more large tree options this year, with several different species now reaching our target height of 6'-8'+. Check out ourinventory pagewhich will be updated in November for more info on our species and availability.
Return to Our "Cut any Tree" Policy
Last year we marked trees that were available to cut. We did this to reduce discussions with customers....improving our Social Distancing efforts. While marking trees helped people understand the species and size they were buying, it also made some customers feel restricted in what they could cut. This year, we will return to our policy that you can cut any tree that is not in one of our growing beds....where we develop our trees into larger transplants.
We are offering more retail options including:
- More homemade woodcrafts by Emmerich Tree Farm
- Local merino wool yarn by Catskill Merino
- Handcrafted Adirondack Reindeer & Snowmen
- More ornament offerings including handcrafted wood ornaments
Wreath making classes
New for 2021 we are starting wreath making classes beginning in November. Stay tuned for more info.
Lean-to Trial Run
We plan to offer our Lean-to by the ponds for very limited use during the season. The lean-to with benches and firepit will be made available to guests who purchase this option while reserving their time to come and cut your own tree. The space will be attended by a firekeeper who will also check your reservations. We will establish a limit of 12 people, and will prioritize groups of 10-12. Use will change on the hour, so plan to make the most of your hour here. We will allow outside food to help enhance this experience. More details, including pricing, will follow on the scheduling platform, starting October 1st
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
While on balance, our offering will be our best ever, and we will only inventory full, healthy trees, we want you to be aware of some of our growing challenges, which you will see in our fields.
- Deer Damage was severe last winter. Trees that are very narrow and misshapen have been damaged by deer. We will be responding heavy shearing on the trees we feel are not too damaged and by replacing the most damaged trees in the spring and protecting from further damage.
- Frost damage from Spring 2020 has created some trees with older needles in the tree's interior that have browned. While this is natural, and the tree will rebound, we do not recommend cutting these trees this year.
- The dry spring lead to a higher mortality rate among the trees transplanted this year. We expect to replace these in Spring 2022.
Your Visit in 10 Easy Steps
- Book a reservation. Reservations begin October 1st this year and will be required for all visitors.
- Prepare your vehicle for a tree to go on top, or in the truck bed.
- When you arrive, you will be checked in before parking, so keep your reservation handy.
- You can walk to the tree field from the parking area, or catch a ride if there is a tractor nearby.
- We provide handsaws (1 per group)...So grab a saw and begin searching for a tree out on the farm.
- We also have precut Fraser Fir trees available at the top of the hill for those who want a quality tree, but choose not to cut one.
- Once your tree is cut, you will bring it to our processing area where we will trim it up, shake it, and bale it for transport.
- When your tree is being processed, you can shop the gift shop, pay for your tree, and grab a cup of hot cocoa.
- We transport your tree with our tractors and wagons from the pavilion to your vehicle.
- Lastly, we help you load your tree onto your vehicle, assist with tying it up, and send you on your way.