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Tree farms ready for season
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A worker helps bag a tree last year at Kinsey Family Farm. - photo by File photo


• Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm
5880 John Burruss Road
(770) 889-5235

• Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot Em Down Road
(770) 887-6028

Thanksgiving may have signaled the start of the holiday season, but this weekend is expected to be the most popular time to get a Christmas tree.

“Usually our single biggest day is the first Saturday in December,” said Dennis Bottoms, whose family runs a Christmas tree farm on John Burruss Road.

There’s no shortage of places in Forsyth County to buy a pre-cut tree, from major retailers to roadside stands and South Forsyth High School. But residents looking to cut their own tree can head to either Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm or Kinsey Family Farm.

Bottoms’ farm grows Leyland, Murray, Carolina Sapphire and Blue Ice cypresses, as well as Virginia pines, which he calls an “old timey tree.”

Andy Kinsey said his family’s farm on Jot Em Down Road grows Murray, Carolina Sapphire and Blue Ice cypresses and also features Douglas and Fraser firs and Naylor’s Blue cypress.

In addition, it offers Deodar cedar, Eastern hemlock and Norway spruce, which can be planted in a back yard after the holiday.

“It’s becoming more and more of a popular trend,” Kinsey said. “Sometimes it’s nice to be able to have something at the end of Christmas besides a dead tree. It’s a lot more work ... but we’ve got some people that have been doing that for three or four years now.”

Bottoms said this year’s trees are in excellent condition thanks to rain and a warm summer and fall.

The farm boasts about 4,000 trees, some 1,200 of which are ready to cut, and will stay open until Dec. 22.

“We have a few customers who wait until then to buy their trees,” he said. “People have different traditions and some people like them up longer into the new year.

“We have one family that actually uses live candles in their tree as decoration, very traditional, so they want to get their tree very last so it’s good and fresh.”

Both farms sell wreaths and other decorations, as well as jams and jellies. Each also has its share of “Charlie Brown” Christmas trees, which are short or lacking in green branches.

Many customers return year after year to the farms.

“It’s a beautiful setting and for a lot of people just getting outside with their kids and their pets walking around and picking their tree is a great experience,” Bottoms said. “It’s a lot different than going to a [box store] and getting a tree that’s bagged up that you don’t even get to see until you get home.”

With more than 1,500 trees ranging from 4 to 16 feet in stock, Kinsey said he expects “to put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.”

His farm is also serving up apple cider, pumpkin spice, white chocolate caramel and hot chocolate, as well as s’mores around a bonfire.