Finding the perfect Christmas tree

Farms around the area offer fresh-cut or cut-your-own options for the yuletide

December 04, 2008

It's time to pile into the car, head to a farm and pick out a Christmas tree. There are an abundance of places near Baltimore to find the perfect pine, fir or spruce - some organic, some already cut and some you can cut yourself. Some places also offer seasonal food, crafts and tractor rides. A few spots are offering discounts, matching last year's prices or posting coupons on their Web sites.

Here's a partial list, researched by Rebecca Hyler, a features producer at baltimoresun.com, with help from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (mda.state.md.us), the Maryland Christmas Tree Association (marylandchristmastrees.org) and Baltimore Sun staff:

ANNE ARUNDEL

Friendship Trees

6950 Old Solomons Island Road, Friendship. Open noon-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. 410-741-5712

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Feezers Farm

3700 Wards Chapel Road, Marriottsville. Open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 410-461-5654 or feezersfarm.com

Frostee Tree Farm

8926 Cowenton Ave., Perry Hall. Open 8 a.m.-dark weekends. 410-391-5113

Poplar Run Tree Farm

4221 Church Road, Millers. Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends. 410-374-3074

Mount Carmel Tree Farm

2105 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 410-329-8032

Ruhl's Tree Farm

14430 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, closed Wednesdays. 410-666-2924

Spring Meadow Farms

15513 Hanover Pike, Upperco. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 410-239-8505 or springmeadow farms.com

CARROLL COUNTY

Breezy Trees Farm

2198 Sam's Creek Road, Westminster. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 410-875-0665 or breezy trees.com

Davidson Christmas Tree Farm

1101 Emory Church Road, Upperco. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 410-239-6556 or davidsonchristmastreefarm.com

Feldhof Farm

2311 Neudecker Road, Westminster. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 410-876-7680

Hirt Tree Farm

917 Arnold Road, Westminster. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-876-8839

Martin's Tree Farm

18130 Falls Road, Hampstead. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. 410-374-8114

Pine Valley Farms

1150 Fannie Dorsey Road, Sykesville. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 410-795-8314 or pinevalleyfarms.com

Sewell's Farm

3400 Harney Road, Taneytown. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 21. 410-756-4397 or sewellsfarm .com

Thomas Tree Farm

3501 Hanover Pike, Manchester. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 410-374-9538 or thomastreefarm.com

FREDERICK COUNTY

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm

10120 Clemsonville Road, Union Bridge. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. 410-848-6083 or clemsonville.com

Gaver Tree Farm

5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 301-865-3515 or gavertreefarm.com

Mayne's Tree Farm

3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 301-662-4320

HARFORD COUNTY

Environmental Evergreens Tree Farm

3631 Berkley Road, Darlington. Open noon-4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. 410-457-4842

Deep Creek Valley Tree Farm

3744 Andy Road, Street. Open noon-5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 410-452-9793

Applewood Farm

4435 Prospect Road, Whiteford. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends. 410-836-1140 or applewood farm.org

HOWARD COUNTY

Greenway Farms

14098 Reps Road, Cooksville. Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends through Dec. 14. 410-442-2388

Timber Falls Tree Farm

17794 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 410-788-7277

Triadelphia Lake View Tree Farm

15155 Triadelphia Mill Road, Glenelg. Open noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 410-489-4460 or tlvtreefarm.com

MONTGOMERY CO.

Butler's Orchard

22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown. Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 301-972-3299 or butlersorchard.com

QUEEN ANNE'S

Blue Heron Christmas Tree Farm

317 Devers Branch Road, Centreville. Open 1 p.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, closed Wednesday. 410-758-0405 or blueherontreefarm .com

WASHINGTON CO.

Mount Hope Farms

16345 Mount Tabor Road, Hagerstown. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. 301-790-2372

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