Our Daily Update blog for the latest news and weather from the farm.
A quick update for Joel and the other family that was thinking of coming to the farm today - at 8:15 this morning it is around 36 degrees and we have rain/sleet seemingly starting to turn to more snow. The forecast for Bluemont is still for 4-8 inches of snow, your guess on whether that happens is as good as mine. We will open the gate around 10:30 or so, you're welcome to come visit and find your tree! We've had steady rain all night, so the fields will be wet, the trees wetter and it is possible that the country road leading to the farm and our entrance and parking area will have snow. If you have all-wheel or 4 wheel drive, bring it along with boots and wet weather gear - moving through the wet trees is like going through the rain forest.
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, and will formerly open on Friday, November 28th at 9:00 am. Feel free to call, text or email with any questions or comments.
We are almost ready to open on Friday, Nov 28th, just finishing putting together wreaths, picking up Rinker's cider, getting our custom welded tree stands, setting up our new Extra Large baler, etc.
In recent years, several families have expressed interest in coming to the farm to select a tree the day before Thanksgiving, and I know that some of you have talked to me about doing so again this year. We plan on being here all day, Wednesday, Nov. 26th, but the weather may be throwing a curveball. Current forecasts indicate that while areas just east of us (Sterling east) could see significant rain/snow mix, our slightly cooler temperatures and altitude at the farm could produce more snow than you might expect based on conditions at your home. With that in mind, check my blog tomorrow morning and I'll let you know if we're getting snow. Think about the possibility of needing all wheel or 4 wheel drive.
Winter is coming!
A pleasant Sunday morning at the farm, we are setting up for our opening on Friday, November 28th. If for whatever reason you need or want to come to Snickers Gap to get your tree today, you're welcome to come between around 10am to 4pm or so. Park in the main gravel area and walk up to the barn, we'll get you started with a map, saw and rope. If you are looking for large trees we have outrageously beautiful Colorado Blue Spruce in the 15' range, with a brand new Xtra Large Baler designed precisely for these trees - on a quiet day like this, we can help bring them in from the fields - if you're coming on or after November 28th, we cannot go into the fields on weekends to assist with trees, plan on bringing at least three strong men to get such a tree back to the barn. Feel free to call, email or text me with any questions!
I've been getting some calls and emails from the folks that just can't wait to get started on Christmas with their tree, wanting to know if they can come out before we formally open on November 28th....and the answer is yes you can! We are generally around, setting up for our opening, and would be happy to accommodate your schedule. This Saturday, November 22nd, it seems like a few families are coming out, and we will be here to give you a saw, rope and directions, but don't yet have the cider, famous Snack Shack pretzels & hot dogs, wreaths, etc., set up. I'm anticipating that we'll have garland (roping) for sale, please ask if you want some. If you're planning on coming out on a day other than Saturday by mid afternoon, please call, email or text me, things get busy for us late Saturday into next week and we may not be here at all times.
We hope you're enjoying the bracing cold shot, for as they say in the Game of Thrones, "Winter is Coming," a clarion call for everyone to get their Christmas Tree.
Early November is upon us, so I thought I'd put out a quick reminder that the farm opens for tree sales this year on Friday, November 28th at 9:00 am! We have a great selection of trees this year, the wet, relatively cool growing season imparted great color and vigor into the trees. We continue to have many big Colorado Blue Spruce up to 14 feet tall - we purchased a new Extra Large baler this year specifically for the big trees that last year challenged our regular balers! If you are intent on finding a large tree, please note that we cannot assist you in cutting and bringing in those trees on the weekends - bring at least 2 and preferably 3 strong men to carry it in. On weekdays, we can usually assist bringing in large trees, using our Gator with a trailer.
If you want or need to visit the farm to select your tree before our opening date, call, text or email Steven and we'll try to meet your schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the farm this season!
Its October 10, 2014, just a quick update from the farm. We will open for tree sales on Friday, November 28th at 9:00am, after that, we'll be open weekends 9:00am until dark, weedays 12 noon until dark. If you need or want a tree earlier, please send us an email or call or text Steven at (540) 554-8323 and we'll try to accommodate your schedule.
The trees look beautiful this year, plentiful & timely rainfall, cool temperatures and lots of TLC have induced tremendous color, vigor and growth. We have a great selection of Douglas Fir and Colorado Blue Spruce, with some lovely Norway Spruce available again this year.
If you are looking for very large trees, we have gorgeous Colorado Blue Spruce up to 14 feet tall! We purchased a special tree baler this year specifically designed to handle the largest trees at the farm, we can now easily bale any tree with confidence and ease. Please note that if you want a really big tree, we can assist in getting it in from the fields on weekdays, but on weekends we are simply too busy to help. Plan on at bringing at least two, and even better, three strong men to carry an 11 foot or taller tree in from the fields on weekends.
Enjoy the great October weather, we look forward to seeing you again this season.
The Wolff Family
Scenes from the farm.....
The Wolff Family
We are now closed for tree sales in 2013. A final thanks to everyone who came out to the farm this year and in the past. It was truly great to see and talk to many of our old-line loyal customers (Hi, Glen) as well as to meet the many new families and young folks who took time to visit Snickers Gap. Everyone who values a day in the country and a natural, fresh Christmas tree is our future, and we plan on being here for many years to come.
We begin the process today of taking inventory of our trees, planning our planting schedule for this spring, and actually preparing our family for Christmas! As always, if you have special needs, you can call or email and we'll do our best to accommodate your tree needs in the future.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
The Wolff Family
The playful snows of yesterday appear to be gone this morning, I see touches of blue sky thought the clouds and we expect just passing clouds and sun throughout the day with temperatures in the mid 30's. If you are coming out, we still have 4-5 inches of snow on the ground and some in the trees, bring appropriate boots, hats, gloves, etc. Also, if you have all wheel or 4 wheel drive, our parking area is still a bit slick, it would ease your movement at the farm if you bring that vehicle. If you are looking for large trees, please ask at the red parking shack or the main barn for some specific instruction and ideas.
Today will be our last day of tree sales for 2013 - we continue to have a great selection of trees, and our closing now assures our tree supply for future years. Finn's Snack Shack will be cooking up hot pretzels under the big green tent, and they also have snack items and drinks. Our hot Rinker's cider awaits you at the barn, where we still have our farm-fresh wreaths, garland and other local items for sale.
A sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to visit the farm this year or in the past. We know that your time is of the greatest value, choosing to spend some of it and Snickers Gap in order to select a fresh Christmas tree keeps us motivated at the farm!!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
The Wolff Family
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