Christmas Tree Picking @ Geer Tree Farm

December 4, 2017

To kick off the Christmas season our family has started a tradition of picking out our Christmas Tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. Now that our daughter is over 15 months old we find it important to create family traditions she will look forward to every year.

This year we went to Geer Tree Farm in Griswold, CT.

Christmas Tree Picking at Geer Tree Farm Griswold CT

About Geer Tree Farm:

Geer Tree is a family owned tree farm that spans 100 acres. Since the property is so large they offer tractor rides around the grounds so you can find the perfect tree. The trees were a bit expensive at $55 each but the experience was worth it. The property is gorgeous. They even have an Overlook that can be booked for weddings or other social events.

Geer Tree supplies you with a saw and a name tag at home base. Home base is the area where they bale the trees and have food trucks set up. You can also find the line for the tractors near the tree baler. The tractor brings you around the property and lets you off at the top of the hill so you can stroll around the Christmas Tree fields. Once you find the perfect tree, cut it down and tie the tag to the tree, making sure the tag is easily visible. Drag the tree to the edge of the nearest tractor trail and leave it there for the staff to pick up and bring down to home base. You can try to wave down the tractor to bring you back down or you can take a nice walk through the property back down.

Once back at home base you can grab some complimentary hot cocoa and cookies while you wait for your tree to be baled. Once the tree that has your name tag on it is baled you are able to bring it to your car. Payment is made at a small booth while you drive out of the parking lot. They accept cash and credit.  After that, you are ready to go home and begin your Christmas decorating!

 

Geer Tree has 6 different types of Christmas trees to choose from:

Fraser Fir:

  • Branches turn slightly upward
  • Dark Blue-Green Color
  • Good Needle Retention
  • Pleasant Scent
  • This is the most popular type of Christmas Tree

Douglas Fir:

  • The needles extend in all directions
  • Soft Needles
  • Dark Green-Blue Color

Concolor Fir

  • Small narrow needles
  • Good needle retention
  • Good Natural Shape
  • Natural Aroma

White Pine

  • Soft Needles
  • Blue-Green Color
  • Little Aroma
  • Good Needle Retention

White Spruce

  • Stiff Needles
  • Good Natural Shape
  • Has better needle retention than other spruce trees
  • Bad aroma when needles are crushed

Blue Spruce

  • Sharp needles
  • Blue color
  • Bad aroma when needles are crushed
  • Good needle retention

Check out the National Christmas Tree Association Website for more information on different varieties of Christmas trees.

 

Tips for Picking the Perfect Christmas Tree:

  • Keep in mind how you decorate. Do you use Heavy ornaments? If so, you might want a tree with thicker branches.
  • Measure your space before you go so you know what size tree you’re looking for. My husband is our walking measurement stick.
  • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time so that you can enjoy the experience. No rushing allowed!

 

 

Check out the Photo Gallery Below to see some pictures from our Christmas Tree Picking experience at Geer Tree Farm.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Valerie Clement December 12, 2017 at 12:43 am

    This look old so fun! I’ve never been to a tree farm or even bought a real tree! Great tradition!

  • Reply Corinne @ ThisTinyNest.com December 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I love all of your pictures! lol I’d love to get a real tree one year, but we really love our white one 🙂

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