Looking for a Christmas tree?
A number of local spots are open and offering pre-cut or cut-your own Christmas trees.
However, with the fun of Christmas trees also comes a few safety and consumer factors, sellers and safety experts say.
For starters, a dry tree can be both a fire hazard when combined with heat sources, and have lackluster appearance due to falling needles come Christmas.
Offering some tree safety tips, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York advises checking the tree for dryness before buying it, “by shaking the trunk and watching for falling needles. If too many dry needles fall, choose a fresher tree. ...Also, if your tree is left outside and the temperatures aren’t below freezing, placing the trunk in a bucket of water will help keep it fresh,” reads information from FASNY.
Jim Rizio, store manager of the locally-owned Ace Hardware of Rome recommends, “cutting the end off the trunk ( a couple of inches) as soon as possible,” … and, “keep them watered throughout the holiday season,” to preserve moisture and freshness.
Otherwise, “pick out a tree like you would any other live item. If it looks healthy it probably is healthy,” Rizio said.
Locally-owned spots in the Rome area selling Christmas trees include:
Henderberg Christmas Tree Farm, at 6579 Henderberg Road, S. in Rome will again this year sell color enhanced trees (call ahead to check availability as there is a limited supply). There are seven colors to choose from: red, turquoise, pink, magenta, white, light blue and purple. For more information, visit: www.henderbergschristmastreefarm.com/
Shuster Tree Farm, at 4535 Senn Road in Verona features 10 acres of choose and cut trees in addition to pre-cut trees. Trees available include balsam, fraser fir, cannan, douglas, white or blue spruce and white pine.
Locally owned Ace Hardware of Rome, at 115 Black River Blvd. in Rome is selling pre-cut trees in the covered garden center of the store. For more information, visit: www.acehardware.com/store-details/10220
Olney’s Christmas at 9010 State Route 46 in Westernville reports on social media that their sign is up and they are ready for sales. “Family owned and operated since 1951. We have various species of trees. Cut your own and pre-cut,” reads a Facebook statement, www.facebook.com/olneystrees/
. For more information, call: 315-790-7800.
Kringle Christmas Tree Farm at 9298 State Route 46 in Westernville has pre-cut and cut your own Christmas Trees. “Our restored Santa sleigh provides the perfect photo op for you to save the memory or to use to create your own Christmas cards,” reads a statement on their website. For more information, visit: www.kringlechristmastreefarm.com/
Moose Tracks Acres at 1735 Holmes Road in Boonville is also selling Christmas pre-cut and you cut trees. This year, the farm has a large variety in addition to tall, full trees. For more information, visit call 315-527-7682 or find them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MooseTracksAcres/
Buttenschon Tree Farm at 9663 Luke Road in Marcy is open for business. “Here, you can cut your own Christmas tree, we have someone help you cut one, or choose from a wide assortment of pre-cut Christmas trees and a variety of wreaths … In addition to Christmas trees,” according to information. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/ButtenschonChristmasTreeFarm/
Northstar Orchards located at 4741 State Route 233 in Westmoreland is selling cut your own and pre-cut Christmas trees. In addition, there are holiday wreaths for sale as well as “Charlie Brown trees and trees up to 12 foot,” staff say. For more information, visit: www.northstarorchards.com
Oram's Country Roads Tree Farm located at 9647 Taberg Florence Rd. in Taberg is selling you-cut and pre-cut trees and wreaths this year. Tree varieties include Balsam and Fraser firs. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are wagon rides on weekends. Call 315-336-0477 for more information.