Every child and child at heart knows that Christmas trees with twinkling lights and sparkling ornaments are magical. Years ago, most families hiked into a pine thicket to select the perfect tree to decorate with holiday cheer. Today, many select artificial trees or purchase a tree from a nearby tree lot. But the magic of long ago Christmases can still be enjoyed in Iowa by visiting a Christmas tree farm. The pines may or may not always whisper when the wind blows, but the excitement will long be remembered! Families are sure to find the perfect tree at any one of these three Iowa Christmas tree farms.
- Barnes Christmas Tree Farm: The southwest side of Iowa City is home to Barnes Christmas Tree Farm. It's open on weekends following Thanksgiving. Schedule is available on the Facebook site. A trip to the farm will take you through the beautiful rolling hill countryside. Adult family members are even encouraged to cut down their own tree. However, staff is available to assist, if visitors prefer. The farm grows Scotch and White Pine, along with Canaan, Concolor, and Douglas Firs.
- Hainstock Christmas Tree Farm: Hainstock Christmas Tree Farm is located on 1st Street in Delmar in Jackson County. The farm is owned by Bill and Wendy Hainstock and is registered with the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association. Tree sales begin the day after Thanksgiving. The farm allows people to schedule appointments for the pre-tagging of trees. The Hainstock family grows Scotch Pine, White Pine, and Fraser Fir. Trees are professionally bailed for a mess free trip home. Wreaths, swags, hot apple cider, and freshly baked cookies are also available for sale.
- Kelly Tree Farm: Kevin Kelly is the owner of Kelly Tree Farms, located off Stone Mill Road in Tipton. Sales begin the day after Thanksgiving and continue each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until December 13th or all trees are sold. The farm boasts more than 1,000 Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine, and White Pine trees for sale this year. Trees range in size up to ten feet, with prices varying according to type and height. Evergreen wreaths are for sale also to decorate the door or fireplace mantle. Trees are shaken to remove loose needles and bagged for transport at checkout.
(Photo is courtesy of O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree as uploaded by Susy Morris at Flickr’s Creative Commons.)