By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: November 2011
Lucky and his owners, Bill and Paula Jacobs, invite you to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas experience at the Owasso Christmas Tree and Berry Farm.
For many people, the Christmas season simply isn’t what it used to be. Nowadays it seems as though everyone focuses solely on spending tons of money on gifts, rather than spending quality time with loved ones. If you’re looking for a fun, wholesome activity to enjoy with the entire family, load up the car and head to the Owasso Christmas Tree and Berry Farm.
For 25 years, owners Bill and Paula Jacobs have invited area families to experience an outing to their Owasso farm to purchase an authentic Christmas tree. “There’s nothing like a real tree to make it feel like Christmas. They look beautiful, smell really good and are very affordable. You can’t duplicate the look or the scent,” says Bill. “As opposed to artificial trees, which come from a non-renewable resource, real trees are biodegradable. They are good for the environment, producing oxygen and cleansing the air. You can also replant the trees when the holiday season is over.”
A hayride to the fields awaits as you arrive at the farm. More than 4,000 trees of all sizes and shapes are available to choose from. The gorgeous Virginia pines are harvested on the farm, or pick from pre-harvested firs and pines shipped in from North Carolina and Oregon. These 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. “We select the highest grade trees available,” says Bill. The farm will provide a saw for those who would like to cut down their own tree, or the friendly staff will do it for you.
Trees range from 4 to 13 feet in height and are available for every budget – from $15 and up. According to Bill, the trees are of the highest quality, but at prices that are still competitive. “We also have free ‘Charlie Brown’ trees that are too small or not full enough to sell. The kids love these trees – they put them in their rooms and decorate them,” says Paula.
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, while the kids gobble up free candy canes. Fresh-cut greenery, including wreaths, garlands, swags, roping and mantelpieces, are also on hand to bring your home a touch of natural beauty this season.
Purchasing a tree at Owasso Christmas Tree Farm is a hassle-free experience. Each tree is shaken, drilled for a stand and given a square, fresh cut to break the seal. 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.
Bill explains that 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 19, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and trees will be available for purchase or pre-tagging at that time. Christmas hours are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This year, they have enlarged their parking lot for easier traffic flow.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.