Christmas Tradition, Supporting the Farm Community and Forest Management Tax Incentives!

My family have always had real Christmas trees. When we were young, we didn't consider where the trees came from or what was involved in the growth of that tree from the farm until it was all trimmed up and standing in our living room. I loved the dazzle of the lights, the beauty of each one of our homemade decorations adorning the tree, the magical sight of the lights twinkling in a darkened room, and most of all, the wonderful smell of fresh pine that signified the exciting start of the Christmas season in the mind of every child and adult alike.

For 25 years, I have been going with my sons to a Christmas tree farm at Highway 48 and Davis Drive in York Region. The MacPherson family have been selling these trees for 27 years. You can find every variety of Christmas tree from Canaan or Balsam Fir, White, Red and Scotch Pine and White Spruce. We like to walk the trails and bring our tree back ourselves, but you might prefer to jump on the wagon for a quick ride to the many acres of gorgeous trees, if you like. You can cut your own or choose a beautiful pre-cut tree. Saws are supplied as is the delicious hot chocolate from the heated snack tent. The family also sells baked goods and the proceeds from these sales go to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Since you've probably worked up a hunger out there hunting down the perfect tree, sit down by the bonfire outside with a hot dog or sausage and watch the trees being wrapped. The staff are just great. You're guaranteed to hear the gleeful voices of excited children shouting "This one, Mom... No, wait a minute, THIS is the best tree ever!"

 What I love about this farm is not only the fact that it epitomizes a family-run specialty farm operation but also that of proper forest management. As John and I wandered the property on Sunday searching for the perfect tree for our 10+ foot ceilings, I marvelled at how, over the years, this tree farming business had grown by leaps and bounds, respected the earth and environment, not to mention accomodating and catering to the excited Christmas visitors who come to them year after year. For every stump in a row of trees there was a new healthy tree growning up beside it and the acreage is full of lush varieties of Christmas trees of all sizes. Although I miss bundling my boys up in their snowsuits for the perfect tree hunt that I have been a part of over the past quarter century, I am enjoying the fact that I have converted John to the Real tree side of the fake or real tree debate, as well!

Yes, tree farms are farms and like dairy, beef, poultry, egg or grain farms, these hard-working farmers need and deserve our support. Did you know that if you own or purchase a property with greater than 4 hectares, (10 acres) or more of forested land you can apply and might qualify for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program? What a marvellous idea to improve forests, vegetation, and cleaner air to us all and at the same time, provide a boost to local economies and farmers. Buying a fake tree benefits the manufacturer and retailer once. Buying a live tree supports a whole farming industry year after year. If you're considering purchasing a property for the purposes of tree farming or forest management, follow the link to find out more about this program: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Forests/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_166346.html  Another great resource is The Ontario Forestry Association http://www.oforest.ca/

 

So, get out there and give it a try this year... cut down your own Christmas tree, breathe the fresh air, enjoy the hot chocolate,  and re-live the happy pine-soaked memories of your childhood in your own living room. You'll be supporting forest management and your local farming community.

Happy Tree Hunting, Everyone!

From John and I and our large blended family, to you and yours, we wish you all Season's Greetings, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

If you're interested in buying or selling property, be it a small lot in town or acres out of town, feel free to call me 705-324-2552 or dee.girdler@century21.ca or simply go to my website www.deegirdler.ca to send me a text message. I'd be delighted to represent you with your real estate needs. You can reach John at john.beukeboom@century21.ca as well! Together, we will give you the advantage of the Dream Team at Century 21 Pinnacle! We look forward to hearing from you.

 MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm is located in Ballantrae, Ontario on the south-west corner of Davis Drive and Highway 48. Open Tuesday to Thursday 11am - 5pm and Friday to Sunday 9am - 5pm. Closed Mondays. 905-473-6668

 

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