2018 Newsletter

A Connecticut Christmas Tree Farm

Bees, Fleas & Trees

Open Saturday, December 1st, 2018
HOURS:   Sat/Sun 9 AM to 4:30 PM        Thurs/Fri 1 PM to 4:30 PM
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Cell Phone 610-698-5058

We are staying with the new, new schedule – henceforth we will only be open in December on Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun (we will not harvest trees before their time) – this year opening on Saturday.  Again this year we will devote Thanksgiving weekend to the family. 

I think we are in good shape – lost a few trees when it was dry June/July but then the monsoons came and saturated everything.  We have been downsizing for the last 10 years.  Having said that, I think we bottomed out last year and will have more trees available for the next several years.  I am planting only in the “tree lot”.  You may notice the corners (back on the north and front on the south) are filling in – in some cases where there have never been plantings before.  If you want a 7ft or taller tree (mostly Spruce but some Fir), I recommend taking the mowed path on the north side and circle around on the perimeter – all three sides.  That is where the 7 to 9 ft trees are.  If you want a 6 ft+/-, walk straight back to the middle. 

Our inventory shows about the same amount of larger trees – a few more Concolor, a few less Fraser, about the same Spruce.  There are no large White Pine but we have planted a lot – next year and beyond we will be loaded.  In the center is the latest planting – mostly White Pine and Fraser Fir.  They look great – this is our prime location – rich soil, sun, good air drainage.  Size is limited but quality and quantity are solid. Prices are unchanged with regular at $49, a small number of $29 and $19 precuts available starting Thurs Dec 6.   

Bees are the best/worst of times.  All four hives came through the winter in flying colors (unusual).  We harvested record amounts of honey.  Then with the rain, they fell on bad times.  In September they started dying off one, two, three.  I am down to one, and that one doesn’t look too good.  Hopefully it will still be alive when you are here in December.  We will have honey for sale in the shop.Family is good – both daughters too busy.  Catherine had a new young adult book out this year – The Book of Boy.  Liz’s new book will be published in June 2019 – City of Girls.  Our niece Sarah will be with us in December – she has been here in the past although not last year.  Maybe we will have Grandson Nick for some of December?  At present he is living in NYC – we will take what we get and live with the ?.   

We are looking forward to Bees Fleas & Trees Holiday Season #44.  Our very best for a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2019.