Local Christmas tree farms get ready for busy season

Local experts say shopping local for a Christmas tree is the smart choice this season.

OSWEGO — With the holiday season nearly upon Oswego County, local Christmas tree farmers are ready to help residents find the perfect yuletide centerpiece to gather ‘round.

Big or small, narrow or round, a tree that is just right is waiting on one of the many local tree farms.  Buying local not only supports Oswego County farm businesses, it also assures the freshest tree possible and fresh cut trees smell better and keep their needles longer, according to local experts.

“If purchased locally, and displayed properly with plenty of water, most real Christmas trees have excellent needle retention,” said Faye Beckwith from Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Station in Hannibal. “Many of our customers report few or no needles on the floor after several weeks in their homes. While most people enjoy the aroma of our farm fresh trees, we also grow a fragrance-free variety that is a favorite with people with sensitive noses.”

Oswego County’s prosperous agricultural community is famous for its delicious offerings, including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches and a wide variety of vegetables. The agricultural community in Oswego County generates $41.2 million in annual revenue from 612 farms, according to statistics from Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).

“Real Christmas trees are the best choice for both the environment and the economy,” Beckwith continued. “They are are a renewable and recyclable resource, grown as a crop, by local farmers who provide jobs for others. Trees are harvested and replenished annually. As they grow, real trees absorb harmful carbons and produce fresh oxygen.“

Buying a fresh and local Christmas tree can also be a great bonding experience for families.

“The experience of going to the farm to choose the perfect tree fosters family traditions and creates memories that last a lifetime,” she said. “We have several four-generation families who come annually to ride the tractor-drawn wagon to the fields — in search of the perfect tree.”          

The following is a list from CCE of the tree farms in Oswego County. For more information on these farms, including phone number, tree varieties sold and hours of operation, call CCE at 315-963-7286 for their Oswego County Christmas Tree Farm directory or go online to www.thatscooperativeextension.org:

Austin Tree Farm

221 Baldwin Rd., Volney

Beckwith Family Christmas Tree

Station

189 Mill St., Hannibal

Chengerian's Tree Land

84 Merritt Rd., Fulton

Darling's Christmas Tree Farm

280 Blythe Rd., Hannibal

Goodman’s Christmas Tree Farm

38 Church Road, Phoenix

Grace Farms

78 Gunther Rd., Central Square

Granger's Christmas Tree Farm

380 Tubbs Rd., Mexico

H & H Trees

1430 Co Rte 28

Tinker Tavern Road exit, Pulaski

Hemlock Haven Tree Farm

460 Co. Rte. 22A

(Ellisburg St), Sandy Creek

Leonard's Evergreens

70 Dunham Rd., Hannibal

Molly Johns Farm

4239 State Route 69, Mexico

Spring Pond Farm

3439 U.S. Rte. 11, Mexico

Stoney Hill Acres

1685 St. Rte. 264, Phoenix

Three Season Farm

429 Drybridge Rd., Mexico

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