Christmas Tree Farm North Georgia
Beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving the Kinsey Family Farm opens the gates for what we feel is one of the finest times of the year! The winter season, and the holiday traditions and joy that accompany it, were the driving force behind the redevelopment of the farm.
We invite you to come roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, and listen to holiday music with us at the barn. Once you have warmed your insides sufficiently you can take a wagon ride out to the fields to begin your quest for the perfect Christmas tree.
During the 2013 season we will have over 3,000 Christmas trees available throughout the farm for families to choose from! We offer a multitude of ways to harvest a Christmas tree including choose and cut your own, pre-cut, and living trees in burlap. It will quite likely require some firm family decision making to find the right tree! Some of our tree varieties are featured in our Christmas gallery and you can read our article on Christmas Tree Care. The 2013 season will include all of the following varieties:
- North Carolina Fraser Fir
- Douglas Fir
- Concolor Fir
- Leyland Cypress
- Carolina Sapphire Cypress
- Blue Ice Cypress
- Naylor's Blue Cypress
- Norway Spruce
- Eastern Hemlock
Choose & Cut Your Own
Christmas tree is a beautiful family tradition. We generally grow around 800-1000 trees out in the field for our families to wander through and cut down! All of the trees are tagged in early November to indicate their height and price so you will know exactly what you are getting yourselves into . . . but be warned . . . trees out in the open sky LOOK smaller than they actually will when you bring them inside your homes! It is deceiving . . . believe the heights listed on the tags! This years varieties of choose and cut include Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire Cypress, Blue Ice Cypress, and Naylor's Blue.
Please note that we CANNOT take you into the fields to cut trees after dark . . . please plan on arriving at the farm with ample daylight remaining if you intend to cut a tree from one of our fields. Currently our last tractor run is 5:30.
Fresh Pre-Cut Christmas Trees
Fraser Fir, Douglas Firs, and Concolor Fir - We typically have three varieties of fresh pre-cut Christmas trees in our barns (which means you can pick out your tree in comfort even during inclement weather) and this year looks to be no exception. As is our tradition our fresh cut North Carolina grown Fraser Fir, Douglas Firs, and Concolor Firs will be available and ON DISPLAY IN WATER at the barn. Our largest selection of these varieties range in size from 5 to 11 feet. Because we strive to provide only the highest quality Christmas trees all of our Fraser Firs are graded as "Top Quality" (the finest trees as graded by the USDA) and are stored in the shade, out of the wind, and in water!
Fresh In Water
The Swamp - it is a well known fact that the freshest trees are those that are well hydrated . . . and we have designed our barns to provide for exactly that! With the addition of "The Swamp" in 2008 we now have the ability to store up to 1,000 pre-cut trees in the shade, out of the wind, and most importantly IN WATER! In addition to the swamp we also display over 120 trees in water under the shelter of the barns which gives the trees a chance to open up and show off their most bountiful boughs . . . and also provides for some great photo opps and smells delicious too!!!
Live / Living B&B Christmas Trees
The "living" Christmas tree is our third option for selection. These trees are commonly available in the size ranges of 5 to 7 feet plus the additional height of the rootball below the actual tree. A typical rootball increases the overall height by 18 to 24 inches. Among the many varieties of living Christmas trees that we offer, by far the two most popular are the Norway Spruce (the ONLY spruce we recommend growing in our zone) and Eastern Hemlock. However, you can also purchase Deodar Cedars, Blue IceCypress, Carolina Sapphire Cypress, and> Leyland Cypress in this fashion.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
And our Christmas tree farm just wouldn't feel complete without the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Tree . . . which we have plenty of in our barns! These "table toppers" are perfect for older couples that don't desire a large tree anymore and are also fun for children to have in their rooms! Just don't let those rascally Christmas "Elf on the Shelf" Elves get into them . . . we've seen some crazy "tree decorating" when that happens!
2013 Kinsey Family Tree Ornament
It's here . . . the 2013 KFF pewter ornament that is! This will be our 9th season and the 9th ornament is now a solidly entrenched tradition. As always the ornament is included with the purchase of a Christmas tree (they are not included with Charlie Brown trees or table toppers) and is of course a big old secret . . . the elves won't let us divulge any Christmas secrets too early!!!
Marriage Saver Tree Stand
The ultimate in tree stands! The "Marriage Saver", which goes by many other names but "Marriage Saver" is the most accurate, is honestly the last tree stand you will ever need. It takes all of 30 seconds for a real rookie to stand their tree up! It does require that you have a tapered hole drilled in the bottom of your tree and we are more than happy to take care of that little detail for you. In fact, if you buy a pre-cut tree from us it automatically comes with the hole in it. Be certain to give these stands a glance if you make it out to the farm . . . and definitely buy one if your marriage is a little shaky right now! :)
Wreaths & Garland, Holiday Decorations
Wreaths and garland are another Christmas accessory that you will find in abundance at the farm. We offer several different sizes all the way up to 38" giant wreaths for large open walls! And while we carry a multitude of styles of wreaths the clear favorite are the white pine, boxwood, and fraser fir combos . . . which do make for a striking display.
As many of our returning families now know the Kinsey Family Farm strives to create an atmosphere where you can come out and focus on being a family and create lasting memories. It's an important and driving force for who we are and why we redeveloped our farm. And in all honesty one of the most fantastic memories we have from our youth was roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate during the winter . . . it's tradition! And traditions are HUGE in life and so valuable for families! And you can rest assured we wouldn't dream of letting that simple yet so delightful experience we skipped out here at the farm. The KFF keeps the fires burning every day all season long. And with Mom's "no messy fingers" marshmallow roasting sticks the sticky part of the process is reduced substantially . . . you HAVE to get a little sticky or it wouldn't be marshmallow roasting! (don't worry . . . we provide wet wipes!)
It has been said that unfiltered local honey is one of natures best agents for reducing seasonal allergies . . . and based upon our customers feedback it must have a substantial level of truth to it! We carry Allisons Honey which is produced locally and beyond delicious! Varieties are seasonal but commonly include:
SOURWOOD - a stout honey with a strong aftertaste . . . the far and away favorite!
BLACKBERRY - a mild honey with a light berry flavor.
WILDFLOWER - a strong rich tasting honey similar to clover honey!
COTTON - akin to a watery molasses, very unique . . . from South Georgia.
ORANGE BLOSSOM - intensely sweet and delightful . . . from Florida.
TUPELO - a delicious and much sought after honey with a cotton candy flavor . . . from Mississippi.
FRESH & FRUITY APPLE - our hottest salsa . . . perfect for those of you with no "spicy" detecting cells!
FIVE PEPPER MEDIUM SALSA - a nice and spicy salsa but not scorching hot.
VIDALIA ONION PEACH SALSA - a strong peachy flavor with a medium heat.
BEAN SALSA - haven't had it yet . . . but it sure seems like a farm favorite!
CHIPOTLE PEACH - delicious . . . and has a wonderful smokey flavor!
Jams & Preserves
Jams & Jellies
BLACKBERRY JAM -
BLUEBERRY JAM -
FROG JAM - Fig, raspberry, orange, ginger
PEACH JAM -
RED RASPBERRY JAM -
STRAWBERRY JAM -
T.O.E. JAM - Tangerine, orange, elderberry
RED PLUM JELLY -
GEORGIA MOONSHINE JELLY -
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly
RED JALAPENO JELLY -
GREEN JALAPENO JELLY -
5 PEPPER JELLY -
Farm Tee Shirts
The 2013 Christmas season will be in operation from Saturday, November 23rd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) until Saturday, December 21st. Due to our desire to celebrate the holidays with our own families we will not be open on Thanksgiving day or Christmas Eve.
- M-F 12:00 until 7:00
- Sat-Sun & Black Friday 9:00 until 6:00
- Closed Thanksgiving Day
- We ARE open on the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving
2013 Season Highlights
Trees For Troops:
For the past six seasons our farm has donated 20 Christmas trees to our nations military families and personnel through the TREES FOR TROOPS program. We are proud to again be supporting this program with 20 more of our trees this season. Our goal this year is to send a total of 100 trees, if not even more, to our local military families at Camp Merrill as well as many more families at other bases throughout Georgia. Last year we had over 80 families donate additional trees to this program and it is difficult to express the level of gratitude that our local Rangers have expressed to us. They frequently stop by all year long, introduce themselves, and immediately begin describing how much YOUR outpouring of appreciation means to them! In fact this year we even received a letter from one of the Commanders at Fort Benning, GA expressing his gratitude to you all for the "generous support for our soldiers". It's always so amazing to see what a HUGE impact one kind gesture can have!
Families interested in purchasing a discounted tree for the TREES FOR TROOPS program please see our cashiers in the barn. Families donating a tree are also invited to attach a personalized note (we will provide the Christmas cards) to their tree with warm wishes to those who defend our freedoms and protect us with their lives. The level of appreciation our troops have expressed to us from this program is honestly indescribable. For more information regarding this program please visit www.treesfortroops.org or see our information center at the farm. The final date for purchasing a tree for a military family is the 9th of December!
2013 Notes & Updates:
1 November . . . Just an FYI . . . we WILL be open every day from the 23rd of November through December 21st with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. This includes the Wednesday BEFORE Thanksgiving and all Day from 9 am until 6 pm on Black Friday.
21 November . . . The first load of precut trees arrived today! And this time the Douglas and Concolor Firs were on it along with hundreds of beautiful Fraser Firs! Time to get busy putting a fresh cut on them and getting them in water . . . a well hydrated tree is the best kind!
23 November . . . Our 2013 Christmas season has begun . . . WE ARE OPEN!!!
23 November . . . The second truck of Fraser Fir trees arrived this morning! It also included most but not all of the mixed wreath and the giant boxwood, white pine, and fraser fir wreaths (up to 48 inches across!). In addition we now have our white pine, white pine and boxwood, and white pine and fraser roping/garland. Busy, busy day at the farm for the staff! HA! But it's a great way to get the holiday spirit started. :)
2 December . . . WoW! What a busy and fun filled Black Friday weekend! Thanks to the many families that came out and enjoyed the fragrance, fire and farm with us!
3 December . . . Our next two loads of Fraser Firs are scheduled to arrive this Wednesday and Friday . . . and as promised they are freshly harvested and will be stored in water at all times with a fresh cut on them! We will have them on display under the cover of our 10,000 square foot barns shortly after they arrive. The sizes on these trucks should range from 5 to 10 and possibly 11 feet.
6 December . . . Unloaded TWO full loads of Fraser Fir Christmas trees for this weekend! The first load was cut Tuesday and the second load was cut Wednesday . . . and they are GORGEOUS trees!!!
8 December . . . Do to the weather conditions recently and our safety concerns for our farm visitors our tractor will NOT be operating today. However, our fields will remain open. Anyone interested in cutting a tree (which is already more people than I thought!) will have to walk to and from the fields . . . we will still pick up your trees for you! Our apologies . . . please know that your safety is our priority.
14 December . . . The latest update on the farm is . . . our choose and cut field is down to the last couple dozen trees. Despite the desire for some people to get into next years trees (which do look nice and are tempting to cut) we cannot do that because then there will be no trees for next year. And that would create a crowd of very annoyed people next year. No-one wishes we had 300 more trees in the field than us . . . but that is the reality of the situation. However, if you would like a Fraser Fir will still have plenty of beautiful trees remaining. They are all in water now, have been in water since we received them, have not been exposed to the sun and are very very nice. We will NOT run out of them this weekend! We will be running the tractor rides as much as possible today . . . weather permitting. :)
16 December . . . We are now in our final week of our Christmas season and we have plenty of very fresh and well hydrated Fraser Firs in our barns. They have been stored in water and out of the sun at all times and have outstanding needle retention for those of you concerned. :) Our fields on the other hand have zero needle retention remaining as all of our choose and cut trees have been chosen and cut! Thanks to all of you that came out and enjoyed the tradition of cutting a tree again this year!