755 E. Joppa Rd., Mooresville, 317-834-3804
Like many local forest farms, David Jay’s 20-acre plot sold its largest trees at the start of this season. But there are still plenty of standard height pines available for $ 13 a foot. Jay has been in the industry for almost 30 years and has come to know many loyal customers. âOne of them recently said it was his 27th consecutive year buying me a Christmas tree,â he says. âOver the years, we have continued to plant more and more acres and have more and more repeat buyers.â Jay likes to promote a friendly and relaxed environment, so he gives out free mugs of apple cider. Customers can also purchase cookies and hot chocolate, the proceeds of which are donated to fight cystic fibrosis.
1115 East 1000 North, Fortville, 317-326-1700
Owner Rex Zenor used his background as a custom home builder to build everything himself on this 73 acre farm. He started the tree plan in 1999 with his family, then built a house for them next door. The Zenors opened their Piney Acres business six years later. First, the staff at Piney Acres greets guests in a log cabin style barn and hands them a land map of the farm layout. Stop by the farm store for free popcorn and cocoa before the next move. Get out of the barn with a sled and saw or get on a boxcar tractor to collect and chop your tree. Staff can shake loose needles, punch a hole in the bottom of the trunk, and wrap it in a net. The average fir costs between $ 100 and $ 125, but 40-foot whoppers can sell for up to $ 1,000. Zenor’s daughter, Rachael Hardwick, says visitors almost always return from the fields with a smile as well as a tree. âWhen they arrive 95% of the time they’re happy,â she says. âIt’s just a good atmosphere.
1765 W. Blubaugh Ave, Thorntown, 765-325-2418
Tom Dull located his business on a farm from the mid-1800s, which is part of the appeal. In an old barn, he sells custom-decorated wreaths. Food offerings are also appealing to families heading out to the fields to chop down their trees: apple cider donuts, hot chocolate, and homemade fudge. 7ft Canaan firs cost $ 91, while white pines of similar size cost $ 67. Trees in this lineup dominate the selection now that the 14ft is sold out. Dull says that, counterintuitively, harvesting a real tree is the environmentally responsible thing to do. He’s worried about plastic trees that will be in landfill for hundreds of years. âA real tree is a renewable resource. When we cut one down, we can plant another, âhe says. “A fake tree is shipped from China, most likely, and when you’re done with it, it lasts in the ground, buried in the ground for who knows how long.”
8451 West 100 S, Arlington, 317-903-9772
Lora and John Norris have run this business for 30 years on a farm that has been in the family for around 150 years. After graduating from Purdue, John spent some time away from the family business, then returned to the farm in 1982. After years of working to reforest the land, the family finally sold their first tree in 1991. Today, they sell trees as high as 12 feet tall, and prices for a standard 8-foot taller range from $ 46 for a Scots pine to $ 84 for a Frasier fir. Norris says Christmas makes him happy, but adds that growing a tree takes work. They plant the seedlings in April and take care of them until December. âYou have to be very passionate about it,â he says. âWe have worked all year to prepare things.