2012 Guide to Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in Washington

Leave the fake greenery in the box and head to one of these area farms for a fresh-as-it-gets tree.

By: Travis M. Andrews

In case you hadn’t noticed, thanks to the tinsel and reindeer tunes, the holiday season is officially upon us. That means it’s time to put a tree in the living room, cover it in ornaments, and soak in that homey feeling of sitting in front of a lit Christmas tree. Of course, getting the tree is the first step. Below is a list of places to cut your own Christmas tree—many of which also offer a hot beverage to boot.


MARYLAND

Homestead Farm
15604 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville; 301-977-3761 or e-mail homesteadfarmemail@gmail.com
Cutting updates: For $49, you can find the perfect Scotch pine, Norway spruce, or Douglas fir. All of them are four to six feet tall. The saws, netting, rope and assistance are provided to help you unleash your inner Paul Bunyan.
Just for fun: The farm’s 230 acres were purchased in 1763, when James Allnutt purchased 746 acres of land. These days, Ben Allnutt and his wife run the farm.
Hours: Open Friday through Sunday from 9 to 5.

Butler’s Orchard
22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown; 301-972-3299
Cutting updates: The orchard claims the cut-your-own Christmas trees this year are the best showing it’s had yet. You can also find pre-cut ones, in case sawing in the cold isn’t your cup of joe.
Just for fun: The market is filled with seasonal goodies of various aromas and aesthetics. From ceramic pieces to candleholders to beautiful wreaths, this is your one-stop decorative item depot.
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 to 5:30.

Gaver Farm
5501 Detrick Rd., Airy; 301-865-3515 or e-mail gaverfarm@gmail.com
Cutting updates: Either hit the 50-acre farm to chop down your own beauty, or choose from one of the pre-cut trees for sale, all ranging from $35 to $65.
Just for fun: On the farm is an entire store dedicated to wreaths. From 10-inchers to 50-inch balsam, Fraser, and Noble fir wreaths, the perfect door ornament is sure to be found.
Hours: Open daily from 9 to 5.

Pine Valley Farms
1150 Fannie Dorsey Rd., Sykesville; 410-795-8314 or e-mail hwolfe@hotmail.com
Cutting updates: The trees at Pine Valley stretch from a studio-apartment-appropriate 5 feet to a mansion-esque 12 feet.
Just for fun: This year, the farm has 16,000 trees—and it has 100,000 planted for the future. Get ready for a treesplosion.
Hours: Open daily from 9 to 5.

TLV Tree Farm
15155 Triadelphia Mill Rd., Glenelg; 410-489-4460 or e-mail tlvtreefarm@yahoo.com
Cutting updates: Choose from a large variety of trees priced by type, not height. So go for gold—by which we mean really, really tall.
Just for fun: The farm includes a warming hut where you can enjoy hot dogs, hot drinks, and homemade snacks.
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 and Friday through Sunday from 9 to 5.


VIRGINIA

Hank’s Trees
12234 Belle Meade La., Markham; 540-533-6901
Cutting updates: Christmas trees are ripe for the cutting right here at Hartland Farm (which goes by the name Hank’s Trees when acting as a Christmas tree purveyor), and will be until December 23.
Just for fun: In addition to the trees, Hank’s Trees offers pre-cut Fraser firs that stay fresh throughout the season.
Hours: Open daily from 10 to 5.

Ashcroft Farm
751 Kitchen La., White Post; 540-837-1240 or e-mail ctrees@ashcroftfarm.com
Cutting updates: Boasting eleven different varieties of Christmas trees, the farm makes it difficult to come away disappointed.
Just for fun: You can pick up a live tree to plant in the front yard, if that suits your fancy.
Hours: Open Friday though Sunday from 10 to 4.

Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm
2425 Wickliffe Rd., Berryville; 540-955-2450
Cutting updates: For the record, the Moose Apple Christmas Tree Farm does not actually have moose or apples. It does, however, have Christmas trees—25,000 of them.
Just for fun: The 33-acre farm also hosts corporate and family gatherings, offering a beautiful landscape for your party.
Hours: Open weekdays from 10 to dusk and weekends from 9 to dusk.

Oakland Tree Plantation
633 Oakland La., Berryville; 800.727.9627 or e-mail pjcook2000@yahoo.com
Cutting updates: Celebrating its 24th year as a Christmas tree supplier, this plantation is 500 acres of family-owned holiday paradise.
Just for fun: On the weekends, kids can take free hayrides after petting some of the friendly goats, while Mom and Dad sip hot mulled cider.
Hours: Open daily from 9 to dusk.

Crazy Joe’s Christmas Tree Farm
18028 Carrico Mills Rd., Elkwood; 540-423-9020
Cutting updates: Joe’s family thought he was crazy for entering the Christmas tree business, which is where he earned his nickname. But there’s nothing crazy about the many trees dotting his farm, ready to be loaded with ornaments.
Just for fun: While you’re sipping a hot drink and browsing the Christmas shop for home decor, don’t forget to say hi to Joe and his wife Jocelyn’s new puppy, Maggie Mae.
Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 to 5.