Area tree farms open for holiday rush
This weekend is when many begin shopping for a Christmas tree at farms across the GLOW region. And while that is not expected to change, farms are adjusting with added safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including requiring face masks inside and out, encouraging physical distance and reducing some retail operations.
Wyoming County has a number of options for those seeking their own freshcut Christmas trees.
Bird Haven Christmas Tree Farm opened Friday in Warsaw offering cut-your-own trees in Warsaw, along with fresh wreaths and a food stand offering chili and hot soup, along with an open fire pit.
Though Santa will not visit for lunch this year due to COVID, patrons are encouraged to make memories and even bring their leashed dog along for the day.
“It’s important to keep family traditions alive right now. Traditions are so important, especially with our current situation,” said Mary Wolcott, co-owner of Bird Haven Christmas Tree Farm.
Again, this year, per Wyoming County Health Department recommendations, there will be no pre-cut trees available in the barn.
“We are encouraging social distancing and masks. We have 78 acres, so there is plenty of room to social distance,” said Mary, who has owned and operated the tree farm with her husband, Brian Wolcott, for 23 years.
Keenan’s Christmas Tree Farm in North Java, offers picturesque Christmas trees sold out of its scenic barn. Pre-cut and cut-your-own trees are available in such varieties as concolor fir, balsam fir, blue spruce, grand fir and Korean fir.
Luczak’s Tree Farm, Route 19A, Gainesville, has been spreading Christmas cheer in the community for almost 50 years. The farm sells Christmas trees and handmade Christmas wreaths, crosses, and decorative bins. Custom wreaths are available on weekends or by appointment.
New this year are homemade, custom signs. Guests may cut-your-own tree or select a pre-cut tree.
Saws are provided and trees must be cut before dark. No chainsaws are allowed.
Farm operators across the region encourage families to find the tree farm that best suits their interests or traditions and head out to make memories this year.
Izzo Niedzwick of Stokoe Farms said cutting down a holiday tree is something she hopes families will enjoy, even as the pandemic continues.
“Last year, there was a study done that Christmas trees make people happy because the lights are sort of like a light therapy,” she said. “It gives good memories and good family traditions.”
For more information
■ Baughman’s Christmas Tree Farm, Geneseo: (585) 944-4155.
■ Bird Haven Christmas Tree Farm, Warsaw: (585) 786-5081.
■ Crossen Christmas Tree Farm, Basom: (585) 813-8701, or crossentrees.com.
■ Erie Way Tree Farm, Holley: (585) 638-7017.
■ Luczak’s Tree Farm, Gainesville: (585) 493-2236.
■ McPherson Orchards Christmas Tree Farm, Le Roy: (585) 768-7094, or www.mcphersonorchards.com.
■ Keenan’s Christmas Tree Farm, North Java: (585) 457-3326.
■ Stokoe Farms, Scottsville: (585) 889-0770, or
■ Western Evergreen Nursery, Springwater, (585) 669-2659
FIND MORE FARMS
■ To find more Christmas tree farms in the region, visit the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York at https://ctfany.org/.
Edited for Wyoming County from story by KORI SCIANDRA - firstname.lastname@example.org; Includes reporting by Livingston County News staff writer Brendan McDonough.