With the snow during the week and again yesterday, our fields are beautiful! There’s a thin layer of snow and a smidge hanging in the trees this morning, making for some wonderful sights. Come on out to get that perfect tree! We do suggest wearing waterproof boots if you have them. Our wagon rides will begin at the Cranbury Neck Rd U-Cut at 10am, and santa will be visiting from 11-3 today. We apologize, but due to the weather, we had to take down the North Pole Tent, however the haybale maze, and pedal tractor areas are still available. The U-Cut fields are open until 4:30 and the retail lot is open until 6pm. We hope to see you there!
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Well… we did it again! Martha’s team called, and we got them the perfect tree… back in October, for the December issue…
and the photo credit is on the next page here: http://www.marthastewart.com/1042551/make-it-sparkle-make-it-your-own#1042550
We have helped them out in the past too… this from December 2011 http://thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com/2011/11/stars-in-the-december-issue.html
We had a wonderful turnout on a gorgeous day for our 2nd annual Candy Cane Hunt… peruse through the gallery and see the fun!
It’s a gorgeous day! Come on out to find your perfect tree. The retail lot has a wide assortment of our own freshly harvested trees (many from today), as well as Fraser Fir’s for 6-14′! Species available from our own farm include: Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir & Norway Spruce. For those in need of trimmings, we have garland and wreaths, as well as many ornaments in our gift shop. We hope to see you there!
As Fall is approaching, our stand is still filled with produce! We will slowly transition to the fall crops as they become available, and add pumpkins gourds and the like. The stand is open on a self serve basis 24-7 at 118 Dey Rd (200yds east of intersection of Dey Rd & Scotts Corner Rd). For those interested in Landscaping Trees, now is the time to plan your new landscape! We are taking orders on a custom basis for Blue Spruce up to 7′, Norway Spruce to 8′, Douglas Fir up to 8′, White Pine to 10′, American Arborvitae ‘pyrimindalis’ to 7-9′, and Nigra Arborvitae 7-9′! Please call or email for more information.
Every year the New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association sets up a Christmas Tree contest at the New Jersey State Fair. We won 1st place in the Table Top tree division with a beautiful 3′ Blue Spruce!
The greenhouse is in full swing! The longest of the summer crops are doing well, that being everyone’s summer delight… our Heirloom Tomato’s! I can’t wait for the first picks, to have one of my favorites… a juicy tomato sandwich. For those who haven’t signed up yet, visit our website www.simonsonfarms.com to print out the CSA application. We do still have slots available for 2013 on a first come first served basis! Please let us know if you have any questions…
What is your favorite fruit/vegetable that you look forward to?
Christmas Tree planting is well under way. Just think…. the first year of harvest for these trees will be 2020!!! I say “first year” because we typically harvest from any given block of trees for 3-4 years as all the trees do not grow at the same rate, and do not fill in to become that “Perfect Tree” exactly the same.
With a rainy evening last night, we will not be planting today, but instead we’ll be fertilizing the trees. With only 1/4″ of rain, we’ll be back at planting tomorrow!
We are excited for 2013! We are in the process of building a new greenhouse, which should be complete within 2 weeks. This will be just in time for our vegetable transplants, and, some of our Christmas Trees! My grandfather used to start his trees in a greenhouse, and we’re going to try again. We’ve been having a bit of trouble in the last couple years finding the right seedlings/transplants for our annual plantings. Hopefully, this will all change! The photo below, is how we have to begin with many of the tree seeds… soaking them in water. Depending on the specie, some will soak for 24hrs, while others will be 48hrs. So, tomorrow, or Friday, all will be out, and put back in the refrigerator. We’ll then plant them in a few weeks. We’ll follow with more pictures as we progress. Out of curiosity, what is your favorite kind of tree?
I felt compelled to write today to show what can happen (but by no means will…) when you properly care for your Christmas Tree. This Douglas Fir was cut approximately 12/10/12 and immediately put in water when it got home. It was not placed in the house until a couple days later. Water was kept on the tree all the time, and the tree is still up (sans ornaments at this point). The photo’s were taken a couple days ago, and, if you look closesly, particularly at the close up… the tree has started to GROW! Several buds have approximately 1/2″ of new growth (the light green colors). Amazing! Just water, no preservative.
People have laughed at me because I always talk about a blue spruce that did this as a kid… I never found pictures of it, but here’s living proof that it can happen. As a reminder, we only suggest a fresh cut as close to the time the tree is being put up (if it is a pre-cut tree), and keeping it well watered from the time the tree arrives home. We don’t suggest the use of any “preservatives” or “additives”… and this is proof of why!