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 2016 season we will have over 4,000 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 containers. 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 2016 season will likely include all of the following varieties (there are no guarantees on Fir and Spruce trees until they actually arrive . . . and yes it does make us a little crazy in the interim):
Inside in the Barn:
- North Carolina Fraser Fir - precut in water (available - around 250 - very fresh)
- Noble Fir - precut in water (sold out)
- Nordmann Fir - precut in water (sold out)
- Douglas Fir - precut in water (sold out)
- Grand Fir - precut in water (sold out)
(we clearly did not realize how popular the western varieties of fir trees in
2015 were and have increased our quantity available for the 2016 season)
Outside in the Fields:
- Leyland Cypress - choose & cut (available)
- Carolina Sapphire Cypress - choose & cut (sold out)
- Blue Ice Cypress (sold out)
In the Barnyard:
- 'Baby Blues' Blue Spruce - live tree (available)
- Norway Spruce - live tree (available)
- 'Carolina Sapphire' Arizona Cypress - live tree (available)
- 'Thunderhead' Pine (available)
(last update on 12 December 2016 : season ends on 20 December 2016)
Choose & Cut Your Own
Christmas tree decorating 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, and Blue Ice Cypress.
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
Typically we offer multiple varieties of fresh pre-cut Christmas trees in our covered barns (which means you can pick out your tree in comfort even during inclement weather) and in 2016 our goal is to offer 5 (and maybe even 6) of them if all goes well. Currently our plans are to have Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Grand Fir, and Douglas Fir as options for pre-cut Christmas trees. As is our tradition all of these fresh cut fir trees will be available and ON DISPLAY IN WATER at the barn. Our largest selection of these five varieties is the North Carolina Fraser Fir and we have a wide range in size from 6 to 11 feet . . . although we do have small numbers of larger and smaller trees. 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 2,000 pre-cut trees in the shade, out of the wind, and most importantly IN WATER! In addition to the swamp we also display over 140 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!!!
Living B&B and Container Christmas Trees
The "living" Christmas tree is our third option for selection. These trees are commonly available in the size ranges of 4 to 7 feet plus the additional height of the root ball or container below the actual tree. A typical root ball or container increases the overall height by 15 to 24 inches. We will absolutely be offering 'Baby Blues' Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and 'Tempelhof' Falsecypress as a living Christmas tree this year! All wonderful trees that decorate well for Christmas.
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!
2016 Kinsey Family Tree Ornament
This year is our 12th anniversary and as is our tradition we love to give a small gift to our visiting friends . . . our annual pewter Christmas tree ornament. As always the ornament is included with the purchase of a Christmas tree (while supplies last; does not include 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 in all honesty likely 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 . . . although the straight boxwood wreaths are rising in popularity each year and beginning to challenge the crowd favorite!
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.
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 -
The 2016 Christmas season will be in operation from Saturday, November 19th (the weekend before Thanksgiving) until Tuesday, December 20th. 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
- Wednesday, 23 November 9:00 to 6:00
- Sat-Sun & Black Friday 9:00 until 6:00
- Closed Thanksgiving Day
- We ARE open all day on the Wednesday before and the Black Friday after Thanksgiving
WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21st THROUGH THE NEW YEAR.
2016 Season Highlights
Trees For Troops:
For the past nine seasons our farm has participated in donating Christmas trees to our nations military families and personnel through the TREES FOR TROOPS program. We are proud to again be supporting this program this season. Our goal this year is to send a total of around 75 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! 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 4th of December!
2016 Notes & Updates:
1 November . . . Just an FYI . . . we WILL be open every day from Saturday the 19th of November through Tuesday the 20th of December with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. This includes all day the Wednesday BEFORE Thanksgiving and all day on Black Friday . . . 9 am to 6 pm.
18 November . . . Only one more day to go and the farm is looking beautiful today! It smells like pine and fir everywhere you go! And what terrific weather for an opening weekend!
19 November . . . Our Christmas season will begin . . . a beautiful day to start a beautiful season!!!
23 November . . . The west coast fir trees have arrived and are as beautiful as ever! It's a nice chilly start to the day before Thanksgiving and we are thrilled for this season! Have a wonderful day!
28 November . . . Unloading our most recent load of Fraser Firs today! 628 of them . . . and they look very nice!
1 December . . . Just confirmed our latest load of FRESH CUT trees to arrive this Friday . . . trying to ensure that we will have enough trees for all that come to visit us this weekend. :)
20 December . . . Today is our last day for enjoying the farm during 2016 . . . feel free to come on out and enjoy it with us!