Cut your own Outdoors: Bundle up and go find that perfect tree for Christmas at one of the many farms in the Baltimore area.

Up Front

December 04, 1997

Proprietors of Maryland Christmas tree farms are braced for the busiest time of year. Whether it is Scotch pine, Douglas fir, blue spruce, Fraser fir, Norway spruce or some other kind of Christmas tree, it very likely can be found at one of the many farms in the metropolitan area.

In the fast-paced, fast-food world of the 1990s, area families still make time to drive to a farm and spend hours looking for just the right tree. Although the outing means cutting down the precious find and loading it onto the family car to bring home, for many it is the extra effort that makes gathering around the Christmas tree all the more special.

So here's a handy list of some area tree farms. Call first if you have a specific type of tree in mind or else make a full day out of the quest and just keep moving along the list until you find the right one. After all, the fun is in the hunt.

For more information on the Maryland Christmas Tree Association, call 800-935-MCTA. Not all the farms listed below are members of the association.

Anne Arundel County

Brandy Farms. 410-721-5868. About 1 mile north of Crofton, take Route 3 north 1.5 miles. Right on St. Stephens Church Road for almost 1/2 mile to farm on left. Open through Dec. 14 or until sold out. Weekdays, noon to 4 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friendship Trees. 410-741-5712. From Capital Beltway take Route 4 south to Route 260 to Route 778. Go left on Route 778 a half mile to farm on left. Open through Dec. 19 or until sold out. Noon to 4: 30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. weekends.

Mas-que Farm. 410-757-4454. About 1 mile southwest of Annapolis. Take I-97 south to east on Route 50 then take Exit 22, Aris T. Allen Boulevard/Route 665 to Forest Drive/Route 665 then take a right on Spa Road/Route 387. Farm is about 1/2 mile on the right. Open weekends Dec. 6 through Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to dusk. Profits go to Maryland Therapeutic Riding.

Baltimore County

Doyle's Tree Farm. 410-357-8056. About 3 miles northeast of Hereford. From I-83, take Middletown Road (Exit 31) east a half mile to dead end at York Road. Turn right on York Road for quarter mile to left on Wiseburg Road and continue for half mile. Turn right on Bernoudy Road. Continue 1 mile to sign on right. Open through Dec. 21, weekends only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elliott's Ventura Farms. 410-771-4510. About 1 mile north of Butler. From the Beltway take Falls Road Exit 23B (Route 25). Go north on Falls Road for 12 miles to farm on right. Open through Dec. 21, Thursdays-Sundays only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feezers Tree Farm. 410-461-5654 or 410-461-5555. About 5 miles west of Randallstown. From the Beltway take Exit 18, Route 26 west, for 8 miles, left on Wards Chapel Road for 1.8 miles to sign on right. Or take I-70 west from Beltway to Marriottsville Road north past the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park to sign on left. Open through Dec. 24; 7: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Frostee Tree Farm. 410-687-3344 or 410-256-5560. About 1 mile northeast of White Marsh Mall. Take Beltway to I-95 north to U.S. 40 east. Go quarter mile to a left on Ebenezer Road, which becomes Cowenton Avenue, to sign on left. Open through Dec. 23. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 8: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays.

Green Hill Farm. 410-592-7813. About 8 miles from Towson. From Beltway take Exit 27N, Dulaney Valley Road (Route 146), north for 4 miles. Cross the Loch Raven Bridge, bearing right 2 miles to Peerce's Plantation, then left 2 miles, still on Dulaney Valley Road. Turn left onto Manor Road. Farm is 1.5 miles on the left. Open through Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Jones' Christmas Tree Farm. 410- 771-4346. Monkton, north of Towson. From Beltway, take Exit 27N (Dulaney Valley Road north) and go across the Loch Raven Bridge. Bear left onto Jarrettsville Pike (Route 146). Go through light at Four Corners. Turn left on Manor Road to Manor Tavern. Turn right onto Old York Road. Go one mile to farm on left. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 21.

Locksley Tree Farm. 410- 666-2652. About a half mile north of Jacksonville. From Beltway, take Exit 27N (Dulaney Valley Road north) and go across the Loch Raven Bridge. Bear left onto Jarrettsville Pike. Turn right on Stansbury Mill Road for 1.5 miles to Dunstan Lane, follow signs. This is the farm's last season. Open through Dec. 21, weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Martin's Tree Farm. 410-374-2593. From I-83N take Exit 27, turn left and go 7 miles west on Route 137 to right on Falls Road 2.5 miles to farm on left. Open through Dec. 24. Monday and `D Tuesday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mount Carmel Tree Farm. 410-329-8032. About 3 miles west of Hereford. From Beltway, take I-83 north to Exit 27, Mount Carmel Road. Go west 2.8 miles to farm sign on left, just past church. Open through Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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