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Dutchess County Christmas Tree Farms

Cut-your-own trees are plentiful here! As Christmas approaches, families and friends gather together to make merry, continuing some traditions, and starting new ones. We bake cookies, write cards, and put up lights! Dutchess tree farmers continue their tradition of providing the chance to choose and cut your perfect Christmas tree, the centerpiece of a home during the holidays.

Make sure you get the right one - it's easy with help from the farmer. They'll help you decide what type to select. There are many species of evergreens, some noted for their scent, others the softness or strength of their needles, and many for how long they typically last. Many people keep their tree up until Twelfth Night (January 6). If you pick your favorite size and shape, the tree creates the perfect Christmas atmosphere in your home. What better way to make sure your family has the perfect tree than to choose it yourself?

Tree farms in Dutchess County enable you to do just that. Choose from a variety of trees:

Douglas Fir: lighter green, soft needles and strong fragrance; a long lasting, dense formal tree. Branches may be less strong than other varieties.

Balsam Fir: this traditional tree has a very fragrant scent. Dark green, soft needles are on medium branches that bend easily.

Blue (Colorado) Spruce: distinctive blue foliage and symmetrical form you won't have to trim. If you stand it inside for two days before decorating, the long sharp, needles soften. Very fragrant

Canaan Fir: very similar to Balsam Fir.   

Concolor Fir: longer, soft blue-green needles. Very long lasting with citrus aroma.

Fraser Fir: strong branches retain short, soft, dark green needles well. Enjoy the traditional scent, just a bit less heady than Balsam's!

White Spruce: short green to blue-green needles. Dense, with fair to good needle retention and a pungent aroma.

Once you’ve decided which one suits your household, head out to the fields to pick your perfect tree. Tree farms opened Thanksgiving weekend.

Dutchess County TREE FARMS

Abel's Trees:  Balsam and Douglas Firs, and Norway, Blue and White Spruce trees are grown here. See 25 acres of trees that are 10 feet & higher! Wagon rides, wreaths, tree stands, free hot chocolate; hot food and fresh baked goods available for purchase. Free baling cutting and loafing trees. Open Sat. & Sun. until Christmas, 9am until dusk. All trees in open fields are $55. Cash or personal check. 435 N. Clove Road, Verbank. 845-677-6395. www.abelstrees.com

(FW) Battenfeld Christmas Tree Farm: A 5th-generation family-owned 100-acre farm, options include Concolor, Blue Spruce, White Pine, and Canaan, Douglas, Balsam and Frasier Firs. Visit the gift shop, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, visit Santa & Mrs. Claus on 12/9-10, and, if you're lucky, hear bagpipers. Custom wreaths to 6’ in dia., garland, kissing balls. Concession stand and free tree taxi. Daily, 8am-4pm thru Dec. 21. 856 Route 199, Red Hook. 845-758-8018. http://christmastreefarm.us

The Benner Farm: No Pesticides Used: Colorado Blue and White Spruces, and White Fir (Concolor Fir). Wreaths, decorations, baling, saws provided. Maple syrup from own trees, hot cider, very large trees. Assistance with cutting, baling and loading trees. Home delivery available. Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm, thru Christmas Eve. 179 Benner Road, Red Hook. 845-835-8220

Big Rock Farms on P&E: Cut-your-own: Balsam Fir, White Pine and Norway Spruce, up to 7 ft. tall. Local, fresh cut, Fraser and Balsam Firs 8 - 9 ft. tall. Special order trees up to 18 ft. (local delivery; will set tree up). Wreathes (decorate your own) and roping, hand-made barn wreathes up to 8 ft. in diameter (they'll put them up and take them down). Refreshments. Call for special orders and prices. Fri 12pm-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am thru 5pm. Visit Rte. 82 Farmstand - large selection of local food products. Mon - Thurs 12-7pm, Friday 10am-9pm and Sat. & Sun. 10am-7pm. 72 Creamery Road, Stanfordville. 845-797-0193.

Bilmar Nurseries: Mostly Fraser Fir, Balsam, Canaan and Concolor Firs, Blue, Norway and White Spruces and White Pine. The freshest precut Fraser, Balsam, snf Concolor (the 2014 New York State Grand Champion) Firs to 14 st. Christmas shop with crafts from local vendors, decorations, and their own farm-made wreathes. Free saws, baling, and twine. Weekends, fire truck or hay wagon rides to fields. Hot & cold refreshments on weekends. Fresh cut trees available. 9am - 4:30pm daily. 26 Bilmar Blvd., Pleasant Valley. 845-629-6650. www.bilmarnurseriesinc.com

BJ’s Christmas Tree Farm: Douglas Fir, White Pine, Pre-cut Fraser Fir. Free Cocoa, Hot cider. Free mechanical tree shaking, baling, tying tree to car, tree drilling for stand straight stands. Christmas tree shoppe, wreaths and decorations made from greens. Weekends only until Christmas 9am-4pm. 14 Evergreen Path, Pleasant Valley. 845-635-1587. www.bjschristmastrees.com

Evergreen Farm: Cash or check only at a family-run farm. Douglas and Fraser Firs, Norway, White & Blue Spruce. Large trees to 12 ft. tall. Saws, tree baling, ‘helpers’, Balsam FIr decorated wreaths, refreshments, cider, candy canes. Fri - Sun. thru Dec.21, 9:30am – 4:30pm. Fresh cut trees available. 407 N. Tower Hill Road, Millbrook. 845-677-3785.  www.christmastreefarm.biz

Fabulous Firs: Fraser, Concolor, and Canaan Firs, White, Colorado, Norway and Serbian Spruces. Trees to 12’, including the farm's award-winning Fraser Fir, are grown here. Saws, tree baling, their own wreaths. Food by St. Paul’s Church on weekends. See vintage 1943 New Haven Railroad Caboose that once traveled thru the farm to what's now is the Walkway Over the Hudson. Hayrides on weekends. Cash only; 10% discount for military & seniors. Weekends 9am -4pm. Weekdays 12 - 4:30pm. Winner of 4 Blue Ribbons at the 2014 Dutchess County Fair.  664-702 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-629-6650. www.bilmarnurseriesinc.com

Hahn Farm: Douglas, Fraser, Canaan and Concolor Firs, White Pine, and Blue Spruce. Wreaths, roping, cemetery crosses and swags. Open to Dec. 21, Mon-Fri 12-4:30pm. Sat. & Sun. 9:30am-4:30pm. Hayrides on weekends. Their own all-natural meats available all week!1697 Salt Point Turnpike, Salt Point. 845-266-3680. www.hahnfarm.com  

Market Farm: Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, White Fir. Sat. & Sun. thru Dec. 21. 10am to 4pm. Weekdays by appt. 845-240-3591. 265 Market Lane, Stanfordville.

Murphy Crest Tree Farm: Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Canaan Fir, Norway Spruce, Wreaths, Tree stands. Help cutting & tying, free baling, mechanical tree shaking, free refresh for drilling stand, straight tree stands, carts and hand saws available. Sat. & Sun. thru Dec. 22, 9:30am-4pm. 170 Depot Hill Road, Amenia. 845-464-6931. www.facebook.com/pages/Murphy-Crest-Christmas-Tree-Farm/246450092033

Plains View Farm: Trees include Douglas & Fraser Firs (up to 12 ft.), Norway Spruce (up to 12 ft.) White Spruce, White & Scotch Pine, and Blue Spruce. Wreaths, Tree stands, Refreshments. Open weekends. 21 Freedom Road, Pleasant Valley. 845-485-4277. www.plainsviewfarm.com

Primrose Hill Farm: Firs:- Douglas and Concolor. Spruces - White, Norway and Chinese Blue. Pines - White and Scotch. Natural and sheared trees, tall trees, saws, tree carts and baling. Carriage House Shop includes wreaths, roping, tree stands, ornaments, gifts, hot drinks, cookies, brownies and more. Daily, 9am-4 pm. 203 Fiddler’s Bridge Road, Staatsburg. 845-889-4725. www.primrosehillfarm.com

Rawls Christmas Tree Farm: See Bilmar Nurseries. 47 Rawls Road, Pleasant Valley. 845-505-0048.

Saltsman Christmas Tree Farm: Choose and Cut Blue Spruce and White Spruce, Freshly Pre-cut Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir. Wreaths, Christmas arrangements, tree stands, garlands, hanging Christmas kssing balls, decorations, barn Christmas shop, tree baling. Free weekend  hot cider, donuts, hot roasting chestnuts on open fire. Also, Newfoundland dog sled/cart activity on Sat., Dec. 6th. Open thru Dec. 24 or until sold out. Weekend: 9am-dusk. Tues-Fri 10am - dusk.214 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-8801. www.saltsmantreefarm.com

Solvang Farm: Cut your own varieties are Colorado Blue Spruce, White Spruce Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine up to nine ft.; fresh-cut options include Fraser and Concolor Fir. Wreaths, roping, Christmas balls & centerpieces (made on premises), farm animals, refreshment stand and Gift Shop: Fri., Sat., & Sun. 9am-4:30 pm thru Dec. 21. 80 Bedell Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-0224. www.solvangfarm.com

Wonderland Farm: Their trees have been featured in Pottery Barn, Country Living and other national media outlets. See sculpted evergreens in many of shapes and sizes in Balsam, Frasier, and Canaan Firs, plus Blue Spruce. Baling, saws provided, hot cider and free hot chocolate. 191 White Schoolhouse Road, Rhinebeck. Weekends 9:30am - dusk; weekdays 11:30am - 4pm. 845-876-6760. www.wonderlandfarm.com

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