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Thanksgiving falls later than usual this season, which means come this week, I have one thing on my shopping list: picking out the perfect Christmas tree!
Traditionally, Matt and I are so busy with year-end events and holiday festivities that we often visit local farmstands for a pre-cut tree – the simplest way for us to get a fresh fir during the hustle and bustle of the season.
But, this year between working from home and having weekends free of events we finally have the time to visit a tree farm where we can tag a tree and experience the whole Christmas tree farm experience!
With that in mind, last week my Mom and I headed to Elmhurst Dairy Farms in Millbury, MA with New England Dairy to capture and meet a local dairy farmer that not only has dairy cows but also Christmas trees. Elmhurst Dairy Farms is located on 300 acres of historic farmland – with acres dedicated to cow pastures,, hay, corn, winter rye, and of course Christmas Trees! When tagging a Christmas Tree at Elmhurst Dairy Farms you’ll have a total of four unique tree types to choose from – Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Grand Fir, and of course Nordmann Fir. Each tree type brings its own unique look, smell, and color to the table, personally, Nordmann Fir trees are my favorite!
While there, we learned buying a tree from a local farmstand is a great way to support our New England Dairy farmers!
Elmhurst Dairy Farms is the quintessential New England farm with a big white cow barn and a farm stand that’s open year-round. It’s home to tons of delicious seasonal goods – like honey, maple syrup, and eggnog. They even have eggnog ice cream – which is a personal holiday favorite of mine!
Now, more than ever it’s important to support our local dairy farmers beyond enjoying your daily dose of milk. I’ve gone ahead and pulled together a list of exactly how we can show added support this holiday season. From stocking stuffers to home decor, New England Dairy farms have so much to offer this holiday season. Plus, I’ve included some social-distant-friendly events and activities hosted at your local New England Dairy farms as well!
Elmhurst Dairy Farm – Millbury, MA. Pick out and cut your own locally grown Christmas tree. The farm also offers homemade wreaths, eggnog, ice cream, maple syrup, and honey.
Escobar’s Highland Farm – Portsmouth, RI. Drive down the corn maze driveway to select and cut your own Christmas tree. This farm offers family-friendly fun for each season and RhodyFresh Dairy!
Fletcher Family Farm – Southampton, MA. Choose from locally grown pre-cut Balsams, Concolor Firs, and Douglas Firs Christmas trees. The farm also offers wreaths, kissing balls, and seasonal decorations like birch reindeer and snowmen.
Cheese and other dairy products from Arethusa Farm – Bantam, New Haven, or West Hartford, CT. Find out more about my visit with New England Dairy last holiday season and the delicious eggnog I sipped and gifted here.
Baked goods from Barstow’s Dairy Farm & Bakery – Hadley, MA. Everything from brownies to magic bars to cinnamon rolls and fruit turnovers are available at the farm store.
Baked goods from Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery – North Smithfield, RI. I visited Wrights Dairy Farm over the summer and they have a huge bakery filled with delicious goods!
Billings Farm & Museum – Woodstock, VT. Join in for Christmas on the Farm each weekend this December.
Stonewall Farm – Keene, NH. This farm is home to holiday-themed events and activities all November & December-long like woodcarving and holiday crafts.
For a list of more New England dairy farms you can support this holiday season, please click here.
I hope this post got you in the holiday spirit! Leave a comment below telling me when you plan to put up your Christmas tree this holiday season.
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