Where to get your hol­i­day Christ­mas tree

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— There’s no short­age of Christ­mas tree sell­ers here, so all those in the mar­ket for one this hol­i­day sea­son will have a num­ber of op­tions to pick from.

Some farms of­fer pre-cut trees, oth­ers al­low cus­tomers to walk around and cut down their own. Prices vary widely. When you choose, make sure to keep the lo­cal, smaller farms near you in mind.

Pads View Farm, lo­cated at 120 Roop Rd. in Ris­ing Sun, is one of those smaller op­er­a­tions. Last year, it sold about

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140 trees and is prepped to do at least that well again this year. It sells pre-cut 7- to 8-foot Dou­glas firs for $29 and 7to 8-foot Fraser firs for $49.

Dy­lan Wag­ner, 24, han­dles most of the op­er­a­tions him­self, but on Fri­day was joined by 16-year-old Daniel Ra­jkowski to sell some trees. Wag­ner de­scribed the day as a warmup to when busi­ness would pick up over the week­end. This up­com­ing week­end, he said, should be very busy.

“We like to keep it lo­cal,” said Kevin Bow­man, who came to Pads View with his wife Jen­nifer and two daugh­ters, Kate and Emme. “And the price is right.”

Other sell­ers (this list is not ex­haus­tive):

T-n-T Trees at Maple Springs Farm — 1415 Singerly Rd., Elk­ton ($15 and up); 410-392-0339

Gif­ford’s Farm Mar­ket & Feed Store — 1553 Biggs Hwy, Ris­ing Sun; 410658-6527

Pine Val­ley Christ­mas Trees — 342 Blake Rd., Elk­ton (prices start at $45); 410-398-2759

Cherry Grove Tree Farm — 689 Lit­tle New York Rd., Ris­ing Sun (prices start at $30); 410-658-3434

Hill­top Tree Farm — 106 Old Hill­top Rd., Conowingo (prices start at $20); 410-658-4976

The Bow­man fam­ily: Jen­nifer, Kate, Kevin, Emme. On Fri­day, they bought their Christ­mas tree from Pads View Farm.

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Last year, Pads View Farm sold about 140 Christ­mas trees.

Dy­lan Wag­ner, 24, takes charge of the Christ­mas tree op­er­a­tion at Pads View Farm.

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