Each year, the Maryland Christmas Tree Association publishes a list of farms the public can visit to cut their own trees. The farms provide a wide variety of spruce, fir and pine trees in heights starting at 3 feet, with most trees in the 6- to 12-foot range. Many farms also have wreaths, greens and holiday shops, refreshments and restrooms.
The list, published in a brochure with tips on cutting and preparing the tree, is available at public libraries in Baltimore City and all Maryland counties. It is also available from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service or from the Marketing Services Department of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis 21401.
Here is a portion of the list, focusing on the counties neighboring Baltimore.
`ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Coulter Farm; James B. Coulter; 261-4869 evenings.
About 12 miles west of Annapolis. From U.S. 50 takDavidsonville Road (Md. 424) south 2 miles. Turn right on Double Gate Road for 1/4 mile to sign on left. Open Dec. 8-23; weekends only 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friendship Trees; Floyd I. Thiel; 262-8514.
About 1/2 mile south of Friendship. From I-95 take Md. 4 for 15 miles. Turn left on Md. 260 for 6 miles. Turn left on Md. 778 for 1/2 mile to farm on left. Open Dec. 1-22; daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hilltop Farm; Robert L. Corly; 855-8431.
About 6 miles south of Upper Marlboro. From Md. 4 take Lower Pindell Road for 1 1/2 miles. Turn left on Mallard Lane for 1/4 mile to sign on right. Open Dec. 1-24; weekdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mas-que Farm; Robert C. Giffen Jr.; 757-4454.
About 1 mile southwest of Annapolis. From U.S. 50 take Md. 2 south 1/2 mile. Turn left on Forest Drive for 1 1/2 miles, turn right on Spa Road for 1/4 mile to sign on right. Open Dec. 8-23; weekends only 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nicholson Tree Farm; Oscar T. Nicholson, Jr.; 855-8388.
About 6 miles west of Deale. From Md. 2 take Md. 258 for 6 miles. Turn right on Little Road for 3/4 mile. Turn left to farm. Open through Dec. 24; daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Doyle's Tree Farm; Dick Doyle; 357-8056.
About 3 miles northeast of Hereford. From I-83, take Middletown Road (Exit 31) east 1/2 mile to dead end at York Road. Turn right on York Road for 1/4 mile to left on Wiseburg Road and continue for 1/2 mile. Turn right on Bernoudy Road. Continue 1 mile to sign on right. Open through Dec. 23; weekends only 10 a.m. to dark.
Elliott's Ventura Farms; Sallie M. Waller, Maurice Elliott771-4510.
About 1 mile north of Butler. From Beltway, take Falls Road nort5 miles, past Shawan Road, to farm sign on right. Open Dec. 1-23; Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Frostee Tree Farm; George M. Winter; 687-3344.
About 1 mile northeast of White Marsh Mall. Take Beltway to I-9north to U.S. 40 east. Go 1/4 mile to a left on Ebenezer Road, which becomes Cowenton Avenue, to sign on left. Open through Dec. 23; weekdays noon to 5 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Good Fellowship Farm; C. Franklin Eck, Jr.; no phone.
About 3 miles east of Towson. From Beltway take CromwelBridge Road (Exit 29) east for 1 mile. Turn left to farm, following signs. Open Dec. 1-23; weekends only, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Green Hill; William D. Purdum; 592-7813. About 1 1/2 miles east oJacksonville. From Beltway take Md. 146 north for 8 miles. Turn right on Sweet Air Road for 1 mile. Turn right on Manor Road for 1/2 mile to sign on right. Open Dec. 1-23; weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jones Christmas Tree Farm; Gordon & Dreena Jones; 771-4346.
About 13 miles north of Towson. From Beltway, take Dulaney Valley Road (Jarrettsville Pike) north 10 miles. Turn left on Manor Road and go 2 miles. Turn right on Old York Road and go 1 mile to sign on left. Open through Dec. 23; weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Locksley Tree Farm; Albert I. Dunstan; 666-2652.
About 1/2 mile north of Jacksonville. From Beltway, take Exit 2(Dulaney Valley Road), which becomes Jarrettsville Pike to 1/2 mile north of Jacksonville. Bear right on Stansbury Mill Road for 1 1/2 miles to Dunstan Lane, to sign. Open through Dec. 24; daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Manor Hill Farm; John S. Anderson; 592-7422. About 6 miles froCromwell Bridge Road, Beltway Exit 29. Go east on Cromwell Bridge Road 3 miles to dead end. Turn left on Glenarm Road for 3/4 mile. Turn left on Manor Road for 2 miles. Turn right on Breidenbaugh Lane and go 1/2 mile to red barn. Open Dec. 1-24; daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mt. Carmel Tree Farm; Robert S. Curreri; 329-8032.
About 3 miles west of Hereford. From Beltway, take I-83 north to Mount Carmel Road west, go 2 3/4 miles to farm sign on left, just past church. Open Dec. 1-24; daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Patapsco Valley Farms; James Jett; 298-2950.
About 4 1/2 miles northeast of Security Mall. From Beltway, take Liberty Road west for 2 miles, turn left on Old Court Road for 3 miles, turn left on Dogwood Road for 1 1/2 miles to sign on right. Open Dec. 1-23; daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.