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.
Below are some farms in the Baltimore area.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Coulter Farm; James B. Coulter; (301) 261-4869 evenings.
About 12 miles west of Annapolis. From U.S. 50 take Davidsonville Road (Rte. 424) south 2 miles. Turn right on Double Gate Road for 1/4 mile to sign on left. Open Dec. 7-15; weekends only 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friendship Trees; Floyd I. Thiel; (301) 262-8514.
About 1/2 mile south of Friendship. From I-95 take Rte. 4 for 15 miles. Turn left on Rte. 260 for 6 miles. Turn left on Rte. 778 for 1/2 mile to farm on left. Open through Dec. 22; daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hilltop Farm; Robert L. Corly; (301) 855-8431.
About 6 miles south of Upper Marlboro. From Rte. 4 turn right on Lower Pindell Road and then left on Mallard Lane for 1 1/2 miles to sign on right. Open through Dec. 24; weekdays noon to 5 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mas-que Farm; Robert C. Giffen Jr.; (410) 757-4454.
About 1 mile southwest of Annapolis. From U.S. 50 take Rte. 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.
L Nicholson Tree Farm; Oscar T. Nicholson Jr.; (301) 855-8388.
About 6 miles west of Deale. From Rte. 2 take Rte. 258 for 3 miles. Turn right on Little Road for 3/4 mile. Turn left to farm. Open through Dec. 23; daily 8 a.m. to dark.
A-1 Bacon Road Tree Farm; Gail Sluss; (410) 252-6109.
Take I-83 north to Exit 27. Bear right onto Mount Carmel Road East. Go 1/2 mile and turn onto York Road. Continue south turning left onto Monkton Road (follow the pink ribbons). Go to first left onto Big Falls Road (which changes to Hunters Mill Road) White Hall. Go one block, turn right onto Bacon Road. Farm is on right. Open weekends until Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or weekdays by appointment.
Doyle's Tree Farm; Dick Doyle; (410) 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Elliott's Ventura Farms; Sallie M. Waller, Maurice Elliott; (410) 771-4510.
About 1 mile north of Butler. From Beltway, take Falls Road north 5 miles, past Shawan Road, to farm sign on right. Open Dec. 1-23; Thursdays to Sundays only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Frostee Tree Farm; George M. Winter; (410) 687-3344.
About 1 mile northeast of White Marsh Mall. Take Beltway to I-95 north 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 Cromwell Bridge Road (Exit 29) east for 1 mile. Turn left to farm, following signs. Open Dec. 7-22; weekends only, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Green Hill; William D. Purdum; (410) 592-7813. About 1 1/2 miles east of Jacksonville. From Beltway, take Rte. 146 north for 4 miles. Cross the Loch Raven Bridge, bearing right 2 miles to Peerce's Plantation on Dulaney Valley Road. Turn left onto Manor Road. Farm is 1 1/2 miles on
your left. Open Dec. 1-22; weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jones Christmas Tree Farm; Gordon and Dreena Jones; (410) 771-4346.
About 13 miles north of Towson. From Beltway, take Exit 27N (Dulaney Valley Road north) and go across the Loch Raven Bridge. Bear left onto Jarrettsville Pike. Go through light at Four Corners. Turn left on Manor Road to Manor Tavern. Turn right onto Old York Road. Go 1 mile to farm on left. Open through Dec. 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Closed Mondays.
Locksley Tree Farm; Albert I. Dunstan; (410) 666-2652.
About 1/2 mile north of Jacksonville. From Beltway, take Exit 27N (Dulaney Valley Road north), and go across the Loch Raven Bridge. Bear left onto Jarretsville Pike. Turn 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.