Create Memories : Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Dec 03, 2014 12:06AM
● By Leslie McLean
Jones Family Farms
606 Walnut Tree Hill Rd, Shelton • 203-929-8425 • JonesFamilyFarms.com
Hours: 9am-5:30pm daily for the Christmas tree season
Jones Family Farms has been harvesting Christmas trees for more than 60 years. Visitors are invited to hike among the 200 acres of trees to harvest their own or to visit the farm’s Homestead Barnyard filled with fresh-cut trees. The Barnyard shop offer wreaths, garland, bows, tree stands and pinecones, plus a Jones Winery Tasting Room, Holiday Gatherings Gift Shop and Harvest Kitchen Christmas Canteen. Visitors planning to cut their own tree are encouraged to arrive no later than 4pm. Prices will vary based on size and type of tree. Visit the website for a Tree Harvest tutorial.
The Maple Row Farm
229 Stepney Rd, Easton • 203-261-9557
Hours: 9am-4:30pm daily during the holiday season
Maple Row Farm has been in Easton since 1769 and growing Christmas trees for the past 64 years. The farm has been using sustainable farming methods since the beginning.
Cut-your-own trees are $67 each on weekends and $61 on weekdays. Pre-cut trees are individually priced from $67 on weekends and discounted by $6 on weekdays. Wreaths, roping, stands and other holiday accessories are also available. Hayrides, refreshments and tailgating are allowed on the weekends.
H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm
17 Sasco Creek Rd, Westport • 203-259-6305 • 203-623-0646 (farm cellphone)
Hours: Through December 23, Tuesday-Friday, Noon-4pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm; Closed Mondays
This 12-acre plantation is part of a 75-acre Connecticut Audubon Sanctuary where visitors may find several species of winter birds. A portion of the tree sales goes to Audubon’s conservation and education programs. Saws and baling are available. They also offer wreaths, roping, swags, tree stands and firewood. Prices start at $60 but vary based on the size of the tree. Trees are available for up to 25 feet. Cut-your-own varieties include Douglas Fir, White Spruce and Blue Spruce. The pre-cut varieties available are Fraser Fir, Caanan Fir and Balsam Fir.
11 John Read Rd, Redding • 203-938-9403 • [email protected]
Hours: 10am-5pm daily
Located in the center of Redding, Warrup’s Farm has been in the Hill family for generations while the current enterprise has been serving the community since 1977. Each year, the farmers tap their own trees and make maple syrup, grow fall vegetables, celebrate the pumpkin season, host school groups, and sell their own Christmas trees. Visitors can pick a white or blue spruce tree – cut your own or have them cut it for you.
Paproski’s Castle Hill Farm
5 Hattertown Rd, Newtown • 203-426-5487 • CastleHillFarm.net
Hours: From November 28, Monday-Friday, 2-5pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-5pm
Paproski’s tree farm is family operated and opens the weekend after Thanksgiving for those looking to cut or “tag” their tree while the whole family is home for the holiday. Tags and saws are provided and assistance is provided for wrapping and tying the tree to your car. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies are also provided. The 5-acre tree farm includes Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce and White Spruce trees and a 62-acre view. Paproski’s also offers pre-cut White Pine, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir trees. Find wreaths, sprays, cemetery blankets and boxes made on the premises by the Paproskis.
Leslie McLean is a contributing writer and District Sales Manager for Natural Awakenings Fairfield County. Connect with her at 203-470-4435 or