Greetings to All!
Another year has flown by, and we are still here trying our best to grow quality trees. This hasn’t been an extreme weather year, although as we are writing this in late September, we are way too dry. We have had all our wells going most of the summer, which of course is very time consuming and costly--but very necessary.
Again this year, unfortunately, we are still very short on our own field grown Christmas trees. We will again supplement our own trees with ones from Michigan and the Carolina’s. These trees will be displayed in the field, so as to keep the tradition alive by taking a hayride to the field and walking through searching for the perfect tree. If you are looking for a short-needled tree and have had trouble with needle retention on our Norways, we are bringing in (besides the Fraser firs) some Concolor fir this year. We have used this tree ourselves, and they hold up remarkably well. We do have some Norways growing in our field and are hoping our customers will not choose one before the first week in December because of needle retention problems. Several things can cause premature needle loss (no hard freezes before being cut, root problems ie. too wet or too dry, not making a fresh cut or letting the water drop below the trunk in the stand-just to name a few!). So if you want a short needled tree early, there will be an ample supply of firs, that we will supplement, to choose from. We have several fields coming on line in the next few years, but we will still need to supplement our own trees because we have very little success growing fir trees.
Our gift shop will be better than ever! New gift items, ornaments, various everlasting wreaths, and of course our fresh wreaths and greenery. ‘Sugar Momma’s’ will be here with wonderful sweets and pies as well as Swiss Meats with their mouth watering sausages, etc. We will again have a winery each weekend for sampling and selling and kettle korn and funnel cakes will be available. Then, of course, on weekends Santa will be here to delight the kids. The vendors, Santa, and hayrides to the field are available only on weekends, plus the Friday after Thanksgiving. We are planning a few new things for the little ones, including a tractor pulled sleigh and photo op props for all the photo bugs out there.
Family news is highlighted with the oldest granddaughter Jess sent off to her first year of college. She ended a great senior year as valedictorian of her class and is now starting a new adventure and enjoying college life. Jenna is a high school Junior, and she is busy with school studies and helping coach her sister Jill’s middle school volleyball team. Jill is active as ever with student council and sports.We are so very proud of both all these girls--good students and a tremendous help on the farm-- plus the light of G’ma’s life.
Our whole family here at Pea Ridge looks forward to welcoming you to this little valley we love and call home. We hope your visit will be a pleasant experience and a great Christmas memory for your family. As in the past, we will be open the weekend before Thanksgiving on a limited schedule--- Santa and some of the vendors won’t be available the week before Thanksgiving. The Rood family and their minions we be here eager to help in creating the perfect Christmas filled with fun, laughter, and good cheer.
Yours in trees,