Battenfeld's Christmas Tree Farm
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A tree farm in New York
Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm rests in a rural setting of 80 acres of land with 100,000 planted evergreens just two hours north of Manhattan. The farm has become a regional attraction for both residents and visitors. Battenfeld’s is one of the oldest Christmas tree farms in the country.Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
The Battenfeld farm has been in the family since the 1880’s. Today it’s owned and operated by Fred Battenfeld and his son Lance.
Located in Red Hook, New York, Battenfeld’s used to be a fruit and dairy farm. It wasn’t until 1956 that Fred’s father sold their first Christmas tree (a Norway spruce) for just $1. Since then the farm opens every Friday after Thanksgiving and stays open through December until they meet their harvest limit.Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
Choose and Cut
“We are a choose and cut farm,” Fred Battenfeld says. Visitors can come when the farm is open and pick out which tree they want and cut it down themselves. Battenfeld’s believes Christmas doesn’t start until you get a real Christmas tree.
Their goal is to help families kick-start their holiday seasons. “Families have a tradition now of coming to Battenfeld’s every year to cut down a Christmas tree,” Fred says.Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
Fred says coming to pick out a Christmas tree has become more of an event than anything else. “It’s become more of an event than about the product,” he says. “It’s more of an experience.”
People come to Battenfeld’s to select and cut down their tree, but they stay for the warm atmosphere and festivities. “On the weekends we have Santa and wagon rides,” Fred says. People like to park their cars and socialize before they go to select their tree. “It becomes a tailgate party when people come.”Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
During the rest of the year Battenfeld’s sells cut flowers. The farm has been selling flowers since 1906 and is the world’s largest grower of hybrid anemones.
There are eight large greenhouses near the entrance of the farm and they house Battenfeld’s distinctive jewel-colored anemones. Their flowers have been sold to the White House, sets on TV shows, and many hotels and resorts. Visitors can also purchase flowers between Labor Day and Memorial Day at a self-serve cutting station that’s open to the public daily.Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
Handmade holiday wreaths are constructed right at Battenfeld’s. The wreaths are individually made, crafted entirely from Fraser fir and are ornamented with natural ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, holly, cones, and homemade decorations.
You can even get them customized with your favorite sports team like this Green Bay Packers wreath!Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
Battenfeld’s has seven different types of trees on the farm. Visitors can choose from balsam fir, blue spruce, white fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, white pine and white spruce.
To learn more about Battenfeld's head on over to their website.Date Published: October 31, 2014Date Updated: December 4, 2014
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