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2017 Christmas Newsletter

Farm and Family News

Pea Ridge News

Dear​ ​Pea​ ​Ridge​ ​Forest​ ​Customer:

As​ ​Christmas​ ​tree​ ​season​ ​approaches,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​blessed​ ​with​ ​a​ ​great​ ​growing​ ​season​ ​so far-timely​ ​rains,​ ​no​ ​torrential​ ​flooding,​ ​and​ ​moderate​ ​temperatures.​ ​These​ ​make​ ​for​ ​happy​ ​trees and​ ​happy​ ​growers.

We​ ​are​ ​again​ ​facing​ ​the​ ​same​ ​problem​ ​we​ ​have​ ​had​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​several​ ​years-​ ​a​ ​shortage​ ​of saleable​ ​trees​ ​in​ ​our​ ​fields.​ ​Our​ ​plan,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​has​ ​been​ ​for​ ​several​ ​years,​ ​is​ ​to​ ​supplement​ ​our​ ​field trees​ ​with​ ​trees​ ​from​ ​Michigan​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Carolinas.​ ​We​ ​set​ ​some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​trees​ ​out​ ​in​ ​our​ ​fields​ ​so you​ ​can​ ​walk​ ​through​ ​them​ ​and​ ​cut​ ​them​ ​just​ ​as​ ​you​ ​cut​ ​our​ ​field​ ​trees.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​not​ ​trying​ ​to deceive​ ​anyone-​ ​just​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​give​ ​our​ ​customers​ ​the​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​going​ ​to​ ​the​ ​field​ ​and choosing​ ​and​ ​cutting​ ​a​ ​tree.​ ​Unfortunately,​ ​trees​ ​are​ ​not​ ​your​ ​normal​ ​crop​ ​like​ ​corn​ ​and​ ​beans-we have​ ​to​ ​work​ ​on​ ​them​ ​for​ ​8-10​ ​years​ ​to​ ​get​ ​a​ ​saleable​ ​product,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​we​ ​are​ ​very​ ​dependent​ ​on what​ ​Mother​ ​Nature​ ​gives​ ​us​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with.​ ​If​ ​we​ ​had​ ​summers​ ​like​ ​this​ ​one,​ ​we​ ​could​ ​grow various​ ​varieties​ ​of​ ​Christmas​ ​trees​ ​and​ ​do​ ​it​ ​consistently-but​ ​the​ ​odds​ ​of​ ​that​ ​are​ ​slim​ ​to​ ​none. This​ ​is​ ​why​ ​we​ ​have​ ​to​ ​supplement​ ​our​ ​crop.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​trying​ ​our​ ​best​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​our​ ​own​ ​trees​ ​by increasing​ ​our​ ​planting​ ​numbers​ ​and​ ​experimenting​ ​with​ ​different​ ​types​ ​of​ ​trees​ ​and​ ​cultural practices.​ ​Most​ ​growers​ ​in​ ​this​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​country​ ​have​ ​similar​ ​problems.​ ​Different​ ​approaches have​ ​been​ ​employed,​ ​from​ ​closing​ ​early​ ​to​ ​supplementing​ ​trees​ ​from​ ​up​ ​north.​ ​We​ ​also​ ​have​ ​to mention​ ​here​ ​that​ ​we​ ​cannot​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​nor​ ​guarantee​ ​the​ ​durability​ ​or​ ​freshness​ ​of​ ​your​ ​tree after​ ​it​ ​leaves​ ​our​ ​farm.

Our​ ​gift​ ​shop​ ​will​ ​be​ ​brimming​ ​full​ ​of​ ​Christmas​ ​items,​ ​gift​ ​ideas,​ ​wreaths,​ ​arrangements, ornaments,​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​Santa​ ​will​ ​be​ ​here​ ​on​ ​weekends​ ​along​ ​with​ ​a​ ​winery​ ​for​ ​sampling​ ​and​ ​sales and​ ​other​ ​seasonal​ ​vendors.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​working​ ​on​ ​some​ ​ideas​ ​for​ ​a​ ​few​ ​‘fun’​ ​things​ ​for​ ​the​ ​young ones​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ride​ ​to​ ​the​ ​fields.

Family​ ​here​ ​is​ ​surviving-LeRoy​ ​and​ ​Mary​ ​have​ ​had​ ​a​ ​few​ ​major​ ​problems​ ​this​ ​spring​ ​but​ ​are coming​ ​along.​ ​Grandchildren​ ​are​ ​a​ ​joy-all​ ​three​ ​are​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​volleyball,​ ​so​ ​that​ ​is​ ​fun.​ ​Jess-the oldest​ ​(18)-is​ ​a​ ​senior,​ ​Jenna​ ​(15)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​sophomore,​ ​and​ ​Jill​ ​(11)​ ​is​ ​in​ ​6th​ ​grade.​ ​All​ ​are​ ​great students​ ​and​ ​a​ ​wonderful​ ​help​ ​on​ ​the​ ​farm.​ ​Tammy​ ​earned​ ​her​ ​Doctor​ ​of​ ​Nursing​ ​Practice​ ​this spring-she​ ​worked​ ​tremendously​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​accomplish​ ​this​ ​while​ ​having​ ​a​ ​full​ ​time​ ​job​ ​and​ ​raising three​ ​kids​ ​(well​ ​four​ ​counting​ ​husband​ ​Mike).

All​ ​of​ ​us​ ​at​ ​Pea​ ​Ridge​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​opening​ ​the​ ​farm​ ​to​ ​our​ ​customers​ ​this​ ​Christmas​ ​season and​ ​know​ ​that​ ​we​ ​try​ ​our​ ​very​ ​best​ ​to​ ​make​ ​your​ ​visit​ ​a​ ​pleasant​ ​and​ ​memorable​ ​experience.​ ​As usual,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​open​ ​the​ ​weekend​ ​before​ ​Thanksgiving​ ​on​ ​a​ ​limited​ ​schedule-some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​vendors won’t​ ​be​ ​available.

Yours​ ​in​ ​trees, The​ ​Roods 

Clarity Connect, Inc.