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Bill Jones opens another holiday season of family and tradition

POULSBO — The 9 to 5 grind isn’t such a drain when your office is the great outdoors and your commute is a short walk from your back porch.

It’s even more fun when your busiest work time is one of the most magical times of year.

At least that’s the feeling that Jones Tree Farm owner Bill Jones gets about his work.

“It’s fun. I don’t have to sit behind a desk and there’s people you see who come up every year you start to look forward to that,” Jones said.

The Jones family’s 21-year-old operation is officially open for business offering u-cut trees, wreaths, garlands and even a bit of Christmas spirit. Last year, the Sawdust Hill farm sold about 2,000 trees and is expected to do just as brisk of business this coming season. And part of the reason for that success is that the tree farm has become such a family tradition — both for the Jones family and for the families who come from far and wide to cut their own tree.

“I have people who were getting knocked down by my dogs out here when they were kids and now they’re bringing their kids,” Jones said.

Jones Tree Farm features a large array of noble fir, Douglas fir, grand fir, shasta and a few smaller white firs. And while the Sawdust Hill farm is the only place to u-cut Jones trees, it isn’t the only place the Jones family’s hard work can be seen. Alpine Trees wholesales about 40 acres of trees from Jones’ property each year, which are sold at tree lots across the state.

At the Poulsbo location Douglas fir are sheared by machine while the rest are sheared by hand. Nobles receive a limited shearing for a more natural look. Jones said careful pruning can make all the difference in a good Christmas tree.

“The less a tree is pruned, the longer it lasts,” Jones explained.

The farm supplies hand saws, a baler and even a wagon to help pick up a family’s tree from the acres of planted forest land. Jones said he and his family members who staff the farm will even help point customers in the right direction for the type of tree they want.

“But you’re always prepared to be surprised with what they come back with,” Jones said with a laugh.

Trees are priced by the foot regardless of type, except for a couple of the largest noble firs, which run a little higher. Jones said nobles tend to very popular, but you won’t find one in this tree grower’s family room.

“My favorite is a natural growing Douglas fir. A grand fir looks really close to that but is more fragrant,” Jones commented. “Any tree you don’t have to break your back to put it up is good.”

For those who aren’t yet ready to put up their Christmas tree, Jones also offers tagging where a family can come pick out the perfect tree, reserve it with a tag and then cut it down another time. Some families even bring decorations to personalize their tagged tree before getting it home.

“Then they can come back on a really nice day and cut their tree, rather than in the rain,” Jones explained.

Throughout this holiday season, Jones Tree farm will be hosting a number of events. This year’s lineup includes:

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28-30 — Local Hands sale by Kitsap farmers and crafters, J’aimes les Crepes of Kingston will be making crepes

•11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13-14 — Kid Days with Santa, children’s crafts and small wreath decorating

•Noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 and weekends from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21 — Horse drawn wagon

•9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 23 — Tractor trailer rides

The farm is also a Toys for Tots collection site.

Jones Tree Farm, 1795 NE Sawdust Hill Road, is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (360) 779-7840.

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