With a warmer than average day, we decided to trek up to Dzen Tree Farm in South Windsor to gather a tree and hike the hills a bit. With the addition of their resident baby reindeer, Dzen is the farm that has embraced the reindeer on all their signage. You really can’t miss it..
We drove up to the checkpoint and took the offer for a saw though we had brought our own. We were directed to the top of the farm for the vantage point and greenhouse which was bustling with holiday treat offerings like hot chocolate. There was also freshly popped corn from Podunk Popcorn which is also managed on property and grown in South Windsor, CT. Wreaths, cuttings and cut trees were available and the opportunity to snap images of the visiting reindeer. The two residents are below near the private section of the farm.
All the trees are set at the same price, so you can really take some time to pick out your favorite. There are people in vest available to help and they kindly pointed out to the area we should look to for our tree type.
Everyone had ideas on the best tree. We had decided on a blue spruce going in but couldn’t decide on the size. Flagging our favorites by putting a random stick at the top, the kids began to play.
Tip: The first trees to get picked over tend to be the ones near the parking lot, so the farther reaches of a farm might offer a better selection.
A few family shots were taken and not wanting to be left out, I handed over the camera too…My husband’s head was totally lobbed off but they got in the trees like I asked!!
Then it was time to get down to business. After all three boys practiced on a stump with both saws, they got to work on our tree. We had brought a set a work gloves which was very effective against the sharp spiky needles of the blue spruce.
As a last minute thought we had thrown a tarp into the minivan. When we had a tree down, we rolled it onto the tarp and dragged it to the parking area. The youngest’s face is my favorite.
Once we brought it to the greenhouse the staff took over. They slid it through the hoop for netting. We then put the tarp on the car and tied the tree to the top.
We exited down the hill, returned the saw and paid for our tree. At home we set up the stand, recut the bottom of our tree and removed the lowest branches. Once it was set inside and locked into place, we tasked the kids with watering.
A fun tradition and switch from a fake tree. The house smells lovely with the addition.
Think you’d like a tag along to gather your Christmas Tree? Let me know, I’m happy to venture with your family to this beautiful south windsor Ct family spot.