For many people, finding the perfect Christmas tree and cutting it down is a family tradition, and one that puts them in the holiday mood. In Carroll County, local farms are happy to help spread that Christmas cheer, and bring in a little green as well.
"Between now and Christmas, those are the busy times," said Wayne Thomas, owner of Thomas Tree Farms in Manchester. "It's an exciting time of the year. Most of the folks are in a pretty good mood, that's for sure."
Thomas Tree Farms actually opened the weekend before Thanksgiving, Thomas said, and he had quite a few families come to get their tree.
"A few people come to get their Christmas tree on Thanksgiving," Thomas, 72, added.
After a good growing season and successful new plantings, Zepp's Tree Farm in Westminster is looking forward to a busy season.
"We hope it's a good season and we get people to the farm," said Sandy Zepp, owner. "We have a lot of trees to choose from and they are really pretty this year."
While people come out in all weather, Zepp is hoping for a light snow now and then to add to the experience. "A little bit of snow brings people out — and puts everyone in the holiday spirit," Zepp said. "Especially for the little ones. "
As for keeping that tree green through December, Thomas said water is the key.
"Don't ever let it run out of water," he said. "It will seal up on the bottom and not drink any more." Certain trees hold up better, too, he added, noting white pine and Fraser fir.
"A white pine will hold their needles longer than any tree," Thomas said. "If you put a tree up (early), a white pine is my choice."
The 2012 version of Christmas Trees and Holiday Greens in Carroll County is available online at http://www.carrollag.org. The following is a list of tree farms in Carroll and neighboring areas compiled from that list, as well as a few from the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. For details and additional listings, go to http://www.marylandchristmastrees.org.
Breezy Trees Farm
2198 Sam's Creek Road, Taylorsville. 410-875-0665, or go to http://www.BreezyTrees.com. Open through Dec. 23, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Douglas and Fraser firs. Tree baling. Directions: From Westminster, Route 27 south to Sam's Creek Road and left on Sam's Creek to farm.
Davidson Christmas Tree Farm
1101 Emory Church Road, Upperco. Call 410-239-6556; http://www.davidsonchristmastreefarm.com. Open through Dec. 24, daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fraser, Douglas and Canaan fir; blue and Norway spruce, white pine. Small quantities (100 or less) of Serbian and white and black spruce, concolor and Balsam fir. Wreaths, roping, baling, saws. Snacks and gift shop on weekends. Directions: From Route 140, take Route 91 north to Emory Church Road. Left to farm.
3700 Wards Chapel Road, Marriottsville. 410-461-5654, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.feezersfarm.com. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through Dec. 23. Blue and Norway spruce, Douglas fir, pre-cut Fraser fir. Baling and free hot chocolate. Directions: Liberty Road toward reservoir to Wards Chapel Road and right onto Wards Chapel to farm.
2311 Neudecker Road, Westminster. 410-876-7680 or email email@example.com. Open Dec. 1-23, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Other times by appointment. Colorado blue, Serbian and Norway spruce; white and Bosnian pine; Douglas and Fraser fir. Wreaths, greens, holly, balled and burlap trees. Directions: Route 140 to Gorsuch Road. Northeast on Gorsuch to Leisters Church Road and right to Neudecker Road. Left to farm on right.
Fra-mar Tree Farm
3601 Shiloh Road, Hampstead. 410-374-2868. Open Saturdays and Sundays only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., through Dec. 18. White pine, Douglas and Fraser fir, blue spruce. Baling and saws available. Directions: From Westminster, take Route 140 to Route 27, north on Route 27 to Hampstead-Mexico Road. Right to North Carroll High School. Right onto Panther Drive. Follow to stop sign. Turn right onto Shiloh Road about half-mile to farm lane. Look for signs on left.
Gaver Tree Farm
5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy. 301-865-3515, 301-865-0747, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.GaverTreeFarm.com. Open through Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blue spruce, Fraser, Canaan and Douglas fir; Scotch and white pine. Wreaths, roping, swags, baling. Food available. Interstate 70 to Route 75 north to Route 144 east, and left onto Detrick Road.
312 Ridge Road, Westminster. 410-848-1945. Open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday; through Dec. 24. Douglas, Fraser and balsam fir. Also, balled and burlap trees, wreaths, roping, holly and greens for decorations. Directions: From Westminster, south on Route 27 less than a mile to farm on right. From Liberty Road, take Route 27 north nine miles to farm on left.
Hirt Tree Farm
917 Arnold Road, Westminster. 410-876-8839. http://www.hirttreefarm.com. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 23. White pine, Norway, Serbian and Blue spruce; Canaan and Douglas fir; and pre-cut Fraser fir. Also, wreaths, roping, holly, swags, greens, balled up and burlap trees, baling. Hot chocolate and snacks. Directions: Take Route 140 to Route 97 south, and take Route 97 to Hook Road. East on Hook Road to Arnold Road and left to first farm on right. Look for signs.
JCK Christmas Tree Farm
999 Unger Road, Taneytown. 410-346-6610. Open through Dec. 15, weekends only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Douglas and Canaan fir, and white pine. Baling and saws available. Christmas items and crafts, hot chocolate. From Westminster: Route 140 west, right onto Mayberry Road; follow signs.
Otterdale View Tree Farm
4364 Middleburg Road, Union Bridge. 410-775-0176 or go to http://www.otterdaleview.com. Open through Dec. 23, Thursday through Sunday only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. White and Scotch pine, Douglas and Canaan fir, Norway and blue spruce. Baling, wreaths, garland, decorations. Free warm cider. Directions: West on Route 140 to Route 31, and south on Route 31 to Uniontown Road. West on Uniontown, Uniontown changes to name to Middleburg Road; and continue to farm lane on right.
Pine Valley Farms
1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville. 410-795-8314 or go to http://www.pinevalleyfarms.com. Open daily through Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Blue spruce, concolor, Douglas, Korean and Fraser fir. Roping, wreaths, greens, tree stands. Hot dogs, barbecue, hot chocolate, coffee and cider on weekends only. Directions: Route 97 to Fannie Dorsey Road. Take Fannie Dorsey Road to farm.
Putman Tree Farm
316 E. Nicodemus Road, Westminster. 443-244-7972 or 410-848-9584, or email email@example.com. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-dark, through Dec. 23. Douglas fir, white pine and white spruce. Also, baling and saws. Directions: Route 97 south to Nicodemus Road. East on Nicodemus to farm.
2020 Garrett Road, Manchester. 410-374-1499, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.qualityevergreens.com. Open daily through Christmas; call for times. Fraser, concolor and Douglas fir; blue spruce; white and Scotch pine. Also, gift shop, petting zoo, wreaths, roping, baling, shaking, loading assistance. On weekends, hot food and visits from Santa. Directions: Route 30 north through Manchester to the PA/MD line. Garrett Road is on the left. Left onto Garrett to farm, on right.
3400 Harney Road, Taneytown. 410-756-4397, email email@example.com, or go to http://www.sewellsfarm.com. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Douglas, Fraser, Canaan and Concolor firs; Norway and blue spruce. Roping, baling. Refreshments on weekends. Directions: Route 140 west through Taneytown; right onto Harney Road. Farm on left.
Silver Meadow Farm
6109 Davis Road, Woodbine. 301-829-9198. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. White pine, Douglas fir, blue spruce. Also, saws and baling available. Balled and burlap trees. Directions: From Westminster, Route 27 south to Gillis Falls Road, and left onto Gillis Falls to Davis Road. Left onto Davis to farm.
6615 Runkles Road, Mount Airy. 301-831-5336, or go to http://www.snellsgreenhouses.com. Open daily through Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Douglas fir, Norway spruce. Also, wreaths, roping, greens and poinsettias. Hot chocolate available. Directions: From Westminster, south on Route 27 to Watersville Road, left onto Watersville to Boteler Road. Left on Boteler to Runkles, and left to farm.
Thomas Tree Farm
3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester. 410-374-9538, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.thomastreefarm.com. Open through Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Blue spruce; white pine; and Douglas, Canaan and concolor fir. Also, baling, wreaths, greens, swags, food on weekends. Directions: Quarter of a mile north of Manchester on Route 30, on right.
Zepp's Tree Farm
2814 Old Washington Road, Westminster. 410-857-1016. Weekends, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., through Dec. 23. White pine, Douglas and Concolor fir, and blue and Norway spruce. Balled and burlap trees, wreaths. Directions: Route 97 to Nicodemus Road. West on Nicodemus 2/10 mile to Old Washington Road. Take Old Washington to farm on left.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun