By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: November 2007
Bill Jacobs, co-owner of Owasso Tree and Berry Farm, and his grandson, Jonathon Horry
For many people, Christmas has become a hectic, commercial experience. And the focus on holiday traditions is fading as time progresses and schedules get busier. Owasso Tree and Berry farm is hoping to bring tradition and family togetherness back this holiday season. “We want to make your search for a real Christmas tree a family outing,” says Bill Jacobs, who co-owns the farm with his wife, Paula. “It can become a real family tradition.”
Young couples just starting out, families with young or grown children, as well as grandparents will enjoy the true bonding experience of choosing their Christmas trees at Owasso Tree and Berry Farm. Arrive at the farm and be ready to take a fun hayride through acres of Virginia pine Christmas trees. Visitors can look at hundreds of trees and choose one just right for their homes. For those who want the genuine, old-fashioned experience, you may want to cut the tree yourself with a saw provided by the farm. Or you can have a member of Owasso Tree and Berry Farm’s staff cut the tree.
After choosing a tree, holiday enthusiasts can return to the gift shop while it is processed. As the tree is shaken, drilled for the stand and wrapped in netting for the trip home, you and your loved ones can enjoy free cider and candy canes as you browse the quaint gift shop full of ornaments and Christmas décor. There are even photo opportunities so that you can preserve your memories of this new or old tradition. Once ready, trees will be secured by Owasso Tree and Berry Farm staff to their new owners’ vehicles for the ride home.
What if a Virginia pine is not to your taste? Owasso Tree and Berry Farm has a wide selection of firs, including Douglas, Noble, Grand and Fraser. These trees are shipped in refrigerated trucks from North Carolina and Oregon. They are stored at Owasso Tree and Berry Farm out of the wind and sun in a large barn equipped with a sprinkler system to keep them cool and moist. Before leaving the farm, each tree is given a square, fresh cut to break its seal. This enables the tree to get plenty of water, which is extremely important in keeping the tree fresh throughout the season. “We do everything we can from start to finish to keep these trees as fresh as possible,” Bill mentions. “I can’t think of anything else we could do to keep them fresher.”
According to Bill and Paula, the enjoyment of your Christmas tree does not have to end when the season does. They suggest driving a steel post into the ground near bird feeders and attaching your tree to it. “This provides a great habitat and protection for the birds,” says Paula. “When left outside, the tree will stay green until spring.”
Choosing a real Christmas tree is not only fun for all, but it is environmentally-friendly. Trees are a renewable resource, and Owasso Tree and Berry Farm replants them every year. Sales fields are rotated according to season. “For every tree we harvest, we replace it with at least one new tree the next year,” Bill says. “While these trees are growing, they furnish the atmosphere with oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and other gases.” Trees provide a windbreak and prevent soil erosion, as well. According to the Jacobs, plastic trees, on the other hand, consume valuable resources. They lose their shape after only a year or two and are destined for a landfill, where they will sit unchanged for decades since they are not biodegradable.
If you want to honor the holiday season by keeping tradition alive and preserving the planet for future generations, visit Owasso Tree and Berry Farm. While trees can be pre-tagged at the farm on November 10, 11, 17 and 18, the official season opening will take place on November 23. The last day to choose your own Christmas tree will be December 22. Christmas hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.