By: Value News | Category: Other | Issue: November 2010
Lucky and his owners, Bill and Paula Jacobs, invite you to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas experience at the Owasso Tree and Berry Farm.
The holidays are coming and you can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. Who wouldn’t look forward to the joy of digging out the giant, dusty container holding the fake tree and spending hours assembling, adjusting and doing your best to make the prickly metal branches look real?
Bill and Paula Jacobs, owners of the Owasso Tree and Berry Farm, would like to offer a better option. For over 20 years, they have invited Green Country families to enjoy an outing to their Owasso farm to purchase an authentic Christmas tree. “There is nothing like a real tree to make it feel like Christmas,” said Bill. “They look beautiful, smell really good and are very affordable. You can’t duplicate the look or the scent.”
Best of all, prices on trees are the same as last year. “Trees are graded for quality and are priced accordingly, ranging from $4 to $7 per foot. Sizes vary from 5 to 9 feet. It's very affordable.”
A hayride to the fields awaits as you arrive at the farm. Visitors can choose from roughly 1,000 Virginia Pines ready for harvest on the farm, or pick from pre-harvested firs brought in from North Carolina and Oregon. The precut trees arrive in refrigerated trucks and are then kept in a large barn equipped with a sprinkler system to keep them moist and out of the sun and wind. A variety of Douglas, Noble, Grand and Fraser firs are available. Also available are live Christmas trees (for planting after Christmas) in three sizes and two varieties, Vanderwolf Pine and Oregon Green Pine. The farm will provide a saw for those who would like to cut down their own tree, or the friendly staff will assist you.
This year, Owasso Tree Farm will bring in more pre-harvested trees, due to the lingering effects of the 2007 ice storm. Although the Owasso Tree Farm lost about 600 trees that would have been ready for harvest this year, they feel fortunate to see their business growing. “We know of five Christmas tree farms in the Tulsa area that have recently closed. Families may be looking for a new farm this year, and we want them to know we’re here.”
Bill and Paula analyzed the storm damage and made improvements to address their customers’ needs. “We lost our power and phones in 2007, so we have done everything we can to be ready,” explained Bill. They have all underground electrical service, backup power, cell phones and a new covered tree display area so they can stay open regardless of the weather. “If it’s business hours, know that we are here and ready to assist you.” They have also expanded their sales office and added additional cash registers and a multi-lane tree loading zone.
After you’ve chosen your tree, you can return to the warm and cozy atmosphere of the gift shop. Sip on complimentary hot apple cider and take in the new displays featuring an expanded line of affordable ornaments, Christmas décor and tree stands. Don’t forget fresh wreaths, garlands, swags, and mantel pieces are available to bring your home a touch of natural beauty this season.
The Owasso Tree Farm takes the bother out of having a real tree. After purchase each tree is shaken, given a fresh square cut to break the seal, bailed, and drilled for a stand. Then the staff will secure the tree to your vehicle for the ride home. Don’t forget your camera, as there are many photo opportunities all around the farm.
For many local families, a trip to the Owasso Tree Farm is the highlight of the season. For the Weber family of Owasso, it’s a way to recreate childhood memories when their college-age daughters come home for the holidays. Daughters Anna, a senior at Creighton University, and Colleen, a sophomore at UCO, said a family trip to the tree farm is a must when they are home for break. “We’ve been going there ever since I can remember – it’s tradition,” shared Anna. “We get our tree and our hot apple cider and it’s the official sign that Christmas time is here.”
Bill said more and more families are celebrating Christmas early and to meet this need, customers can purchase their tree and take it right away, or purchase and pre-tag the tree so they can pick it up when they are ready to decorate.
The Christmas season will officially open on November 20, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and trees will be available for purchase or pre-tagging at that time. Christmas hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.