Tree shops alight in Little Norway

POULSBO — It’s that Tannenbaum time of year again, as Yuletide tree shoppers tighten up their boot laces, pull on their long johns and brave the cold to bring home a beloved holiday tradition. Little Norway tree farms will be doing their part this season as well.

Jones Tree Farm

Jones Tree Farm will open its gates for a limited time, offering trees, tractor rides and barrels more of fun Dec. 1-9. The farm will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment only after Dec. 9. Tractor trailer riders can transport freshly cut conifers back with a lift.

Christmas caroling hay wagon rides are set to get tree hunters in the spirit as well, and will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 8-9 at 1795 NE Sawdust Hill Rd.

Owner Sylvia Jones said for little ones, those rides are a big part of the fun.

“That’s what the kids love,” she said.

And though the farm is taking a hiatus after 20 years of providing trees, there are still many who count on a Jones Tree Farm tree to stand guard over holiday gifts.

“We probably get about 1,000 people coming through,” Jones said.

While some drive onto the farm with a mission, others enjoy walking the grounds and breathing in a little crisp, fresh air. Jones said it’s a family activity that can’t be beat.

Santa, too, will visit each weekend, and holiday gift ideas produced by Kitsap farmers and crafters are also on the agenda.

Jones Tree Farm offers Douglas, noble and grand firs and provides saws. For directions or more information call (360) 779-7840.

Henry’s Tree Farm

Henry’s Tree Farm has timber for the trimming at its Minder Road location. Open every day through Dec. 22, the farm also offers wreaths, greens and swags.

Owner Detlev Kroll said Henry’s Tree Farm has been serving up the holiday tree traditions since the 1970s.

“It’s a beautiful place,” he said.

The farm provides saws, as well as assistance in cutting, loading and netting trees. Hot cocoa, cider and snacks are also available to stay the winter chills. Henry’s Tree Farm is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The farm offers 13 varieties of trees, including blue and Norway spruces, and noble, grand, Fraser and Shasta firs, and is located at 5321 Minder Road. For directions and more information, call (360) 297-2183.

Sawdust Hill

Tree Farm

Sawdust Hill Tree Farm is also offering a limited selection this Christmas season. The farm, located in the 2600 block of Sawdust Hill Road in Poulsbo, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 16. Sawdust Hill Tree Farm offers noble, Fraser and Shasta firs. For more information on their trees, call (360) 638-2726.

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