On your way to our farm, you pass a lot of other Christmas tree farms. Just a few days ago as I pulled into our farm, I noticed how the dew on the trees glittered in the morning sunlight. The sunlight accented the natural growth and reminded me of how different our trees look from all the neighbors.
Sam Cartner’s vision, since 1959, has always been to “grow a tree to decorate.” You’ll recognize the Cartner Blue Ridge Fraser fir by the long natural branches that give our trees a lacy and elegant look. We do not put our trees through a “pencil sharpener.”
Before we prune our trees, we selectively choose the best trees out of the field and then prune them accordingly. The above picture demonstrates our pruning process for those selected for harvest.
First, we tip the outer most branches that are too long or out of place leaving the natural appearance.
Second, because each tree in unique, we cut the leader to the best height that suits the tree.
As a result, the tree is natural and open. You are able to decorate the inside and outside of the tree because of the added demension and depth.
We are certain our Fraser Firs will exceed your expectations, proving to be a great success for you. Please contact us if you have any questions.
We received an order again from LL Bean again this year for their numerous photo shoots accross the country. We shipped trees to Sun Valley, ID, Breckenridge, CO and of course, Freeport, ME. It has been a pleasure to work with them again. This is one of the pictures they sent me after the shoot.
Sometimes while browsing these types of magazines, my wife and I catch ourselves saying things like, “I wish it would snow this Christmas.” “Those dogs are so cute.” Or something like, “I wish I had this or that.”
I guess it didn’t dawn on me that we really do have so much more than we realize until this exact scene played out on the farm during the choose and cut season last year. There was a couple that came up from South Carolina with their two dogs. The dogs ran around the farm playing and having a great time with everyone around. Christmas music was in the air. Hot chocolate steamed in everyone’s mits. There was even snow on the ground to top it off.
We don’t have the picture perfect life all the time but the North Carolina mountains sure are a beautiful place to live and work.
Be sure to come and see us this year. The Farm is open Thanksgiving Day and every day thereafter from 8:00 am until dark (around 5:00 pm). You can walk through the farm and choose your own tree.
We offer warm inside accommodations, refreshments, restrooms, and weekend Santa Claus visits. Our staff will help you cut the tree and load it into your car.
The farm’s address is: 901 Balsam Drive Newland, North Carolina 28657.
I thought I would be able to update the blog more often than I did over the past few weeks. We have been busy, busy, busy! Our wholesale shipping has just about wrapped up and I want to thank all of our customers, especially our new customers. Welcome to the family and we hope you have a terrific year. Remember, nothing says Christmas like a Blue Ridge Fraser Fir!
The farm is now officially open for families to come and visit to pick out your own tree. There are directions to the farm under the Pick Your Own Tree selection to the left. Enjoy hot apple cider or hot cocoa with a selection of cookies. There are warm accommodations with restrooms available as well.
Maybe the cold wind and the frigid snow showers we had yesterday scared you away from the farm. Don’t forget that you can also order a Christmas tree in the warmth of your own home to be delivered to you just in time for your big party or get together! Visit our Order Online page to learn more.
We would like to see your trees after they have been decorated. Email us pictures of your trees.