My Christmas Tree Farm
|(Above) Chris Bjorklund picks out a Christmas tree at Moon Mountain with her husband, Pat, and son, Dan; (right) Dan and his fiancée, Natalie
For the past few years, we’ve been buying our Christmas trees at Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Sonoma County. A neighbor highly recommended the eight-acre farm, which features 10,000 trees and sits on top of a mountain off Highway 12 north of Sonoma.
On my first visit, I could sense it was a special place. The same family has run the farm for four generations, dating back to 1918. The atmosphere is welcoming with complimentary hot chocolate, cider, coffee, Christmas cookies and candy canes. You can even bring your dog along on a leash.
Moon Mountain has a wide variety of trees to choose from, with prices that range from $30 to $200. Most of the trees are moderately priced. The local high school kids who work there will cut down your tree for you, but you can watch if you want.
The best part is that every October, Moon Mountain sends you a self-addressed postcard inviting you to come back on weekends in November to select your tree (we chose ours on November 2). You pay in advance and then return to have it cut any time in December. The tree keeps growing on the farm and stays fresh until then.
I appreciate the chance to keep the holidays as simple as possible, and my Christmas tree farm helps me do that!
The Savvy Consumer
P.S. Here are a few tips for maintaining your Christmas tree from Moon Mountain’s website: 1) Cut a half-inch off the butt of the tree, place it in water and leave it outside overnight (or as long as possible) before bringing it inside; 2) Always keep the trunk of the tree immersed in water. A fresh cut tree should be checked at least three times a day. If it runs dry just once, it’s unlikely that the tree will absorb any more water and it may accelerate drying; 3) Place your tree in a cool area near a window. Keep the tree away from heating vents (you can also cover heating vents if that’s easier). Warm rooms without sufficient moisture are tough on fresh cut trees and may cause them to dry out.
Kudos from Diamond Certified Consumers
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I always use Diamond Certified companies. Today, I had two trees removed. Summit Tree Care was quick, clean and professional. The cost was quite reasonable and I am very happy with the outcome.
C.W., Santa Rosa, California