Bees, Fleas & Trees

2017 Newsletter

A Connecticut Christmas Tree Farm

Open Saturday, December 2, 2017
HOURS:   Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun 9 AM to 4:30 PM
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Cell Phone 610-698-5058

We did not sell our home or tree farm! 
          The big change this year is that we open the first Saturday in December.  It is easy to remember – November is for turkey, December for trees.  There are a number of reasons for the change.  We don’t have the number of trees we have had in the past, although (very important!) we do have about the same as last year and should continue with that number (if not more) for the near future.  Our trees will stay fresher, we will have better trees later in the season, and just maybe we can spend a Thanksgiving holiday with our family – something that hasn’t happened the last 20 years with the Nov opening. 
          As to inventory, what we have is a lot of spruce – mostly Meyer (that Chinese tree), very full, up to 8 ft.  There is a smaller number of Fraser and Concolor Fir.  We have an abundance of White Pine but all below 6 ft.  In a year or two, the White Pine will switch from famine to feast.  All our Pines have been dug up from the woods on the edge of our property – estate grown.  We have had patches of dry weather but the trees on the hill look fine while I have regularly watered the seedlings, keeping them happy.        
          Prices are unchanged.  Regular trees will be $49.   There are a few trees marked down to $29 – trees in the wrong place.  As usual, starting Thursday December 7th, there will be a selection of precuts for $19 – mostly overgrown trees that have been cut down to a “more attractive” size and staked out in the yard.
          The bees are good – maybe a product of “benign neglect”.  If they don’t make it through the winter, that is it for me and the bees - (I tell them that).  I have been working with this same bunch (and their many, many offspring) for years.  The last 4 years, I have fluctuated between 2 and 5 hives – have 4 right now.  Lose a hive, gain a swarm or a split (divide a strong hive into two) – it seems to be working.  Anyhow we will have honey for sale this year.    
          Family is good - a lot of real estate on the move.  The cottage in Pa is gone as Carole and I have committed to the farm here.  Both daughters are making their own changes.  Both grandkids are now in college. Nick has indicated he would like to be here during tree sale.  Hope so – hope you get to see him.  Carole’s sister Luana from Minnesota will be here for Thanksgiving and our opening weekend.       
          We are looking forward to Bees Fleas & Trees Holiday Season #42.  We wish you our very best for a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018.
                                                                               john