Trees and all the trimmings
For some families, finding the right tree is just as important to their holiday season as finding the right gifts for their loved ones. Fortunate for those in the Estacada and Sandy area, there are ample options of where to find just the right tree to spruce up your home.
Holiday traditions with the Hughes family
Connecting people with Christmas trees is a longtime tradition for Tara Nash and her family.
Nash helps run Hughes Family Tree Farm, which was purchased by her great grandmother in the 1940s.
"I love staying in the Estacada community. We all grew up on the farm," Nash said.
Previously, the farm at 37151 S.E. Kemp Road focused on wholesale trees. The team transitioned to u-cut several years ago.
"Estacada has grown so much. There are so many people coming here. I used to think we were really far out, but I thought, with everyone moving here, let's just try (u-cut)," Nash said.
Last season, around 400 families visited the farm, which was around triple the number of customers that came in 2019.
"We love doing the u-cut, and seeing families and kids so excited," said Desi Hughes, Nash's mother.
The 30-acre farm is open for u-cut or we-cut from 9 a.m. until dusk Fridays through Sundays until the second weekend in December.
This year, there are several new elements, including a barn, picnic tables and fire pit for visitors to utilize. Free hot chocolate and candy canes are also available. Additionally, Sweet Sisters Bakery and Stone Circle Cider will have tables at the farm every weekend.
Doug fir, Noble fir and Grand fir trees are available at Hughes Family Tree Farm. Rides through the rows of trees are offered for those interested, and visitors can call staff from the farm to bring their tree back to their vehicle.
For the farm's team, some of their favorite moments are when families come with young children who are picking out their first Christmas tree.
"One family came last year, and they said, 'We just needed some Christmas.' We like being able to give people a little bit of joy," Hughes said.
Boughs and bows
Harrison Tree Farms at 48080 S.E. Coalman Road in Sandy has been providing the u-cut Christmas tree experience to families for almost 20 years. The Harrisons planted their first crop of trees in 1996 and began selling them in 2003.
Roger grows the trees while Margaret, Roger's and Kathleen's daughter, make wreaths from boughs of the trees, and the whole family takes part in the sales.
"I think the fact that it's family running it (sets our farm apart)," Kathleen said. "We've got a lot of returning customers."
When the farm isn't selling trees, it operates as Mountain View Weddings, a wedding venue. Kathleen explained that some of the families who come out to get their trees from the Harrisons were actually marries on the site.
"It's nice to see the same people coming back," she said.
Pricing for the u-cut trees have yet to be set but wreathes and swags range from $25-$35. The farm specializes in noble firs, but also offers Nordman firs and Turkish firs as well.
The Harrisons also sell trees to wholesale customers and plan to have some pre-cut available in a tree lot at Mt. Hood Center in Boring this season.
Kathleen said, this year especially, she's so grateful to work with her family.
"I just love working with my family," she explained. "It's just such a pleasure. Our kids all have other jobs, but they come out here every year to help with harvest season."
As far as COVID safety protocols are concerned, the Harrisons do encourage visitors to the farm to socially distance and mask up when in close contact at the check-out area. There will be a separate area for people to check in and get their tags before heading out in search of their tree. The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, starting the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas.
The perfect tree awaits:
The following farms are open and ready to help you find the tree that fits your family this holiday.
Hughes Family Tree Farm
37151 S.E. Kemp Road, Estacada
Harrison's Tree Farm
48080 S.E. Coalman Road, Sandy
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