Archive for Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Families pine for Christmas Trees

December 4, 2002

There's a surprising trend going on for families searching for a Christmas tree this holiday season, said Chuck Wilderson, owner of Wilderson Tree Farms in Basehor.

"How many people are buying large trees this year?" he said. "People are not buying 7-foot trees, but 10- and 11- foot trees. I don't know if people have more money this year or bigger houses or what."

But not only do customers have the option of going bigger this year, they can also go better with the addition of the fir tree, which Wilderson calls"the Cadillac of Christmas trees."

"If (people) want a little more expensive tree, I'd say the fir," he said. "They don't drop their needles and they seem to stay fresh and crispy after a month."

But if reliable is what you're after, Wilderson said there's nothing wrong with the other trees offered at his farm Scotch, Austrian and White pines.

Wilderson Tree Farm, 14820 Parallel, began cutting trees for customers last week, the day after Thanksgiving.

This year is expected to be the biggest season the tree farm has ever had.

"I think it's going to be a record year, the way it has started out," he said.

The last three years, Wilderson Tree Farm has sold approximately 900 trees. This year, that number could be as high as 1,000.

Customers began picking trees out in mid-November but this time of year always proves to be the biggest.

"We always sell a few before Thanksgiving but the first two weekends after Thanksgiving are always the peak weekends," Wilderson said.

Wilderson Tree Farm entails approximately 20 acres of trees. The farm is open through Christmas, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekends and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the week.

For more information, contact the tree farm at (913) 724-1057.

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