A cut tree

Dec. 13, 2017

We are now “Closed for the Season”. It has been a very successful selling period, with many longtime customers again dropping by. The weekend of November 25th was probably the busiest opening weekend we have ever had! We had excellent weather for the first two weekends, but the third was a bit cold for my old bones.

We now start the process of cutting off the stumps and gathering things up to get ready for next year. Check the website as next Christmas draws near to get a heads up on dates we will be open, price, availability, and other pertinent news.

Thanks to all of you who came to the farm this year, and helped to make this season such a happy one for the Smiths and our helpers Maureen and Morgan!

Dec. 6, 2017

We have had an amazingly busy first two weekends of sales, with lots of very happy and enthusiastic customers. The downside to this is that the selection of available trees has been reduced.

There are definitely no more cover of “Better Homes and Gardens” trees available. Because tall trees go first, the quality of the tall trees is not what it was at the start of the season, and so any tree over six feet tall will have something that makes it not perfect. (There are still very nice trees that are 5 to 6' tall.)

That said, the farm is a great place for a walk among the trees followed by complimentary cookies and glass of hot apple cider, even if you can’t find a suitable tree, so feel free to come by and take a look!

Also, Orchard Hill Road is closed west of our farm so you will have to come in from the east. If you use a GPS I suggest that you enter 2347 Hollow Road, Thorold. That takes you to the junction of Hollow and Orchard Hill Roads. Just follow Orchard Hill to our farm (about 1/2 km) Alternately you can go to www.smithstrees.com/directions for turn by turn directions.

Nov. 30, 2017

Our first weekend of 2017 went very well! Weather was not bad, and the visitors extremely happy and enthusiastic. The majority of trees coming out were balsam fir. One thing that took Jim by surprise was the heavier than normal flow of people before 2:00 on Sunday and the drop off after 2:00. It must have been the result of Grey Cup parties. 

This weekend is likely to be very busy on Saturday and Sunday so if you can we would suggest that you come up Friday. We are open from 9:00 ‘till dark Friday as well.

And now - A QUESTION FOR ALL OF THE TREE EXPERTS OUT THERE!  Why are there no pine cones this year on any of the spruce trees at Smiths’ Tree Farm? Give Wise old Jim your answer when you come to the farm. (Well, “old” anyway)

Nov. 25, 2017

This is the day we have been working towards all year. The weather started out with rain at 6:20 this morning, but the forecast for this weekend is pretty good. Because of the heavy sod in the plantation, mud should not be a problem even if we get a lot of rain. Mary and I went out yesterday and cut our tree while we had a chance. Selection looks pretty good to me, but I am a bit prejudiced!

As in the past we suggest coming up early in the season for the best selection. Also, if you can make it on a Friday you get easier parking.

Looking forward to again greeting old friends and meeting new ones.

Nov. 10, 2017

We are getting close to our opening day (Saturday Nov. 25), and that is always an exciting time. There was an adequate amount of rain this year and no late damaging frosts, so it was a good growing year. The pine were pretty well all sold out last year so I am sorry to say that we will not have any this year. (Is this the year for you to switch to a fir or spruce?) We quit planting pine because they can be prone to disease and the deer love to eat them.

As in other years, we suggest that you come out for your tree early in the season. If you are looking to beat the crowds once we get into December, you might want to come out before 10:00 am on a Saturday or Sunday, or anytime on a Friday.

Looking forward to seeing you all – even if it is just for a handshake and a “Merry Christmas”!