Target said it is working with a grower in North Carolina, where trees are cut and shipped within 24 hours... "If someone says they want a 6- or 7-foot tree, I go out that evening and find it, and Federal Express picks it up the next morning," Whorton said. "We treat it special. Usually that time of year, we're able to scoop some snow into the bag... People tell us they never knew you could get a tree that fresh."We wanted to splurge this year for a "biggest-ever" Christmas tree. Out of curiosity I checked the Target website; for a 7.5 - 8 foot tree, they were asking $140. Way too much. So we headed out to a local tree farm to cut our own.
We visited Hann's Christmas Farm in Oregon, Wisconsin; I'm delighted to give them a free plug here on the blog because the people are exceptionally helpful and the service is excellent. With several inches of snow in the forecast, we went last week while the ground was still bare.
Then we had to face the task of hauling it back. Here a word of advice to (other) newbies: big Christmas trees are surprisingly heavy. When we got it back to the barn, the staff put it in a "shaker" that dislodged all the extraneous material and critters, then baled it with twine, and helped us load it onto the car roof and tie it down.
I didn't want to be encumbered with a camera during this trip, so the top two and upper side photos are from the farm's website.