For the last few years we’ve been going to Revak Nursery in Lakeville to cut our own tree for Christmas. We liked that it was close to home, fairly inexpensive, and that they had a decent selection to choose from. Like every year we checked their website and headed out the day after our first significant snow of the year to get our tree.
We arrived at the usual spot (which is adjacent to I-35) and found the lot empty. A worker handed us directions and a coupon to pickup a tree at their other farm just under 10 miles away. They were directing people there because they had more trees to offer at their other location. We made the 15 minute trip to the other farm and after getting everything ready, headed to the attendant near the entrance to the farm only to find out that they did not have their most reasonably priced and decent trees, as listed on their website, available (they had white pines but those trees cannot hold heavy ornaments as well). After a few obligatory “I’m sorry’s” we headed back to the car dejected and sad.
I called Revak’s number on their website, which I was surprised worked based on the lack of their website updates, and got a couple more lame apologies. While I figured the right thing to do would be to offer us a reduced rate on the viable Christmas trees still available at the new location, I hung up disappointed in Revak Nursery in Lakeville and plans to cease any and all suggestions to others to head there for their own cut your own Christmas trees.
After finding our way back to I-35 on the sloppy roads I stopped at the first safe place and did some quick searching for cut your own Christmas tree farms in the immediate area. One of the first I came across was Hampton Hills Tree Farm (also in the North Metro under Rum River Tree Farm) located between Northfield and Cannon Falls near Randolph, MN.
While it was nearly 30 miles away and we were totally unprepared for such a mission I immediately headed south and east towards the farm. As we passed through Northfield and turned left at the Stanton airport I was glad for Google Maps on the phone. While we had been in the middle of nowhere earlier, this was REALLY the middle of nowhere. However, as we closed in on the address there were few signs and certainly none large enough to attract any attention that there was a huge Christmas tree farm hidden from the road.
We arrived and were handed a saw, a map of where the trees were laid out, and some general directions on where we’d find what we were looking to pickup. Surprised not only at the size of the place but the extremely low cost we decided to upgrade and choose a Fraser Fir. We looked at a half-dozen or so while The Rooster ran around in the snow peeling his mittens off over and over again and finally settled on a 6.5 foot tall beauty which was promptly cut down and carried to be shaken and wrapped.
We wound our way through the rest of the farm to the exit, were asked if we had a coupon (I offered the website on my phone) and our total for everything came out to be $37 with the option of free chocolate mints, mini candy canes, coloring books, etc as well. Christmas was saved by the great people at Hampton Hills Tree Farm and they’ve gained another family who plan to visit every year for more.
If you’re a tree person do you cut your own and if so where do you get it from? If you don’t cut your own why not? If and when you get a tree do you make a day out of it or is it in and out? Whatever you have to say about Hampton Hills Tree Farm saving Christmas go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.