There's nothing like going directly to the farm and cutting down your own tree. You won't get a tree any fresher and you can pick just the right tree, that's for sure. But there's more to it than that. It can be a memorable family adventure out East. To make sure it doesn't become a memory in the sense of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, prepare properly.
It is always wise to call ahead to be sure inclement weather or unexpected crowds have not depleted the stock. Here's what to expect at the farm:
Saws and equipment - Saws are usually provided, and most will cut the tree for you if you'd rather not cut it yourself. Most farms also provide wheelbarrows or other tools for transport. Many will wrap your tree and tie it on your car for you.
Shaking - Inspect your tree for unwanted residents. Spiders and field mice may consider your tree home. Shaking your tree vigorously after cutting will dislodge them. Some farms have mechanical shakers which do the job for you.
Happy tree hunting!
Mike's Christmas Tree Farm
323 Weeks Avenue, Manorville (631) 874-3551
Open daily 8am-4:30pm through December 24th.
812 Sound Avenue, Wading River (631) 929-4327
Open daily from 8:30am - 4:30pm until Christmas Eve.
Santa's Christmas Tree Farm
30105 Main Road, Cutchogue (631) 734-8641
Open daily from 9am-5pm.
Elwood Christmas Tree Farm
1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington (631) 368-8626
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to dark. Weekdays from 3pm to dark.
Dart's Christmas Tree Farm
2355 Main Bayview Road, Southold (631) 765-4148
Open daily from 9am - 5pm until Christmas Eve.
11825 Oregon Road, Cutchogue (631) 734 5036
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9am until dusk.
Carter Christmas Tree Farm
123 North Country Road, Miller Place (631) 331-4699
Open Saturdays and Sundays only, 9am - 4:30pm.
Matt's Christmas Tree Farm
309 Weeks Avenue, Manorville (631) 874-6260
Open daily from 8am to 4:30 pm until Christmas Eve
Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm
20685 Main Road, Mattituck (631) 298-4619
Open 9am-5pm until Christmas Eve.
Tilden Lane Farm
48 Wyckoff Street, Greenlawn (631) 261-6392
Open weekends from 9am -3pm.
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