2016 Baristanet Guide to Buying (or Cutting Down) a Real Christmas Tree

Richfield Farms
Richfield Farms

If you celebrate Christmas, it’s time to put up the tree! If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices for your Christmas tree. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here are places where you can buy or cut down a real Christmas tree:

 

The Quick Pick: A Pre-Cut Tree

 

Brookside Garden Center

Brookside Garden Center
551 North Broad Street Bloomfield, NJ
973.748.0655
Close by and full of good trees, this local favorite is a logical choice when you’re looking to buy quality in a convenient location. (Trees range from approx. $50 – $100)

Fred’s Christmas Trees
875 Grove Street, Clifton, NJ
973.783.7588
Fred’s is also a local favorite with quality trees in a convenient location.

 

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The Cub Scouts of Montclair Pack 12
The Troop will sell trees, wreaths, and garland in the lot located at 63-65 Church Street from December 9 – 17th.  The annual holiday sale kicks off Friday 12/9 at 6 pm, and continues each weekend until Saturday 12/17. New Toy Donations accepted at the lot for Montclair PBA Local #53 Toy Drive! On Friday evenings enjoy holiday movies, hot chocolate, and warm apple cider! Good fun, surprises, and parking on-site.

Caldwell Nursery
246 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell, NJ
973.226.1480
This local best-bet has a selection of trees for sale. It’s a great place to go for a fine selection of Christmas decorations and finding the perfect pre-cut tree all in one trip. (You can get anything from, what the gentleman at the nursery called a “Charlie Browner”  to an 8 foot premium Fraser)

Pleasantdale Nurseries
240 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ
973.731.0830
Pleasantdale Nurseries is a family business since 1964.

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Ploch’s Home and Garden Center
1172 Broad Street, Clifton, NJ
973.471.5555
Ploch’s also has a second garden center location: Strawberry Blossom Home and Garden Center, 1364 Route 23, Wayne, NJ, 973.694.7500

Richfield Farms
1139 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton, NJ
973.777.7535
Ritchfield Farms carries cut Christmas trees, “all drilled and standing on pins for you to chose from.” They carry “cut Balsam Firs, Concolor Firs, Frasier Firs and Douglas Firs from 3′ to 14′ tall.” They will cut, drill and net your tree for no extra charge. One other option? They sell potted Evergreens to use indoors and then transplant outside.

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Cedar Grove Christmas Trees
50 Pompton Avenue Cedar Grove, NJ
908.955.3276
The team at Cedar Grove Christmas Trees has served Northern New Jersey for three generations.

 

Go Rustic

 

Please make sure to call ahead before you take a trip to a farm to make sure what’s in stock:

Hidden Pond Tree Farm
Hidden Pond Tree Farm

Hidden Pond Tree Farm
4 West Field Road, Mendham, NJ
973.865.6362
This NJ family-owned and operated tree farm offers both “cut your own” trees and pre-cut trees. It comes highly recommended by a Montclair family who offers the tip to call first to make sure they’re not out of cut your trees.

Stehli Trees
455 Route 515, Vernon, NJ
973.764.4789
Head out to Vernon, NJ to Stehli Trees, a traditional cut-down-your-own Christmas tree farm run by Christine Glickson and her daughter, Kathryn Schaub. They don’t use any herbicides or pesticides and have a natural, gentle approach to farming.

Hall Christmas Tree Farm
93 Red Mill Rd, Glen Gardner, NJ
908.537.2056
Uses natural growing practices and offers Christmas trees-you choose and you cut or pre-cut trees.

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Shale Hills Farm
98 Pond School Road, Sussex, NJ
973.875.4231
In Sussex, New Jersey, this farm offers up cut-your-own trees with a full array of other Christmas festivities to make your time even more fun. ‘

Anne-Ellen Christmas Tree Farm & Shop
114 Daum Road, Manalapan, NJ
732.786.9277
This 100-acre Christmas tree farm offers a lot. Select and cut a spruce, pine, or fir tree.

Stonerow Tree Farm
242 Wykertown Road, Branchville NJ
973.875.7968
Stonerow Christmas Tree farm offers Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir and Cannan Fi trees.

Dixie Dale Farm
351 Hillside Avenue Chatham, NJ
973.635.2097
Right nearby in Chatham, Dixie Dale Farm offers the best of both worlds: pick the tree and cut it down yourself or they will do it for you.

Alstede Farms
84 Route 513 (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ (or enter this address for your GPS): 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ
908.879.7189
If you’d like to make a day of it, head out to Chester and stroll around the cute town. Then, stop by Alstede Farms where the staff will help you find your perfect tree. They will even have it delivered to you.

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Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm
249 County Road 519 (Mile Marker 39), Belvidere, NJ
908.475.4508
Out in Belvidere, Wyckoff’s Farm has been in the family since 1839, the farm offers more than 5,000 cut-your-own trees, plus fresh-cut trees, wreaths, and more. Cut-your-own trees cost $8/foot.

 

So now you know where t get your tree, but there are other things to consider. What type of tree do you want and how big? We love the tree variety info from the New Jersey Christmas Tree growers Association and this handy chart on figuring out the height of your tree from PickYourOwnTree.org:

Baristanet Guide to Buying (or Cutting Down) a Real Christmas Tree

Whether you buy it pre-cut or chop it down yourself, keeping a real Christmas tree fresh and cared for is very important. Read this guide for tips.

If you know of a great place, give us your recommendation in comments and we’ll add it to our guide. Meanwhile, take our poll and tell us when you put your tree up:

 

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