Tagging is permitted.
Select a tree from our 8+ acres - tabletop to 12+ feet.
We have Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce and White Pine varieties.
Also available when you visit:
Wreaths & Grave Blankets - handmade on premises, tastefully decorated
White Pine Roping - handmade, thick and heavy
We use freshly harvested greens from our farm
Sorry, we do not accept credit cards.
Welcome!! We hope you will enjoy roaming through the farm as you hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.
The farm is laid out in blocks with roadways between the blocks.
When you arrive, take a farm map giving the layout of the farm and where your favorite variety of tree is planted.
Trees for sale are tagged with a price and location ID number. We price each tree based on the variety, size, and general appearance of the tree.
INSTRUCTIONS: Select a tagged tree, tear off the bottom section of the tag and bring the stub to the office. Our staff will prepare a receipt and you can have the tree cut that day, or you can schedule a later date for pickup. The tree will be cut and baled (netted) for your convenience just prior to your scheduled pickup date.
Trees without tags are not for sale this season. This is to ensure we have a good selection of trees for years to come.
WE DO NOT ALLOW CUSTOMERS TO CUT TREES.
We suggest using lukewarm (NOT HOT) water to dissolve any sap that may cover the cut surface of the trunk. If the tree has been left out of water for several hours, we recommend cutting off about 1" of trunk and immediately put in cool, fresh water. We do not recommend adding any preservatives to the water. Note, a freshly cut tree may absorb up to one gallon of water in 24 hour period. If the tree will be left outside for awhile, we suggest putting it in water in a spot out of the wind, in shade, such as a shed or garage.
We suggest visiting PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org for additional suggestions on Christmas tree selection, care and decorating.
Canaan Fir (pronounced Ka-naan') is fast becoming a popular choice. Similar in appearance and characteristics to the Balsam and Fraser Firs, it has the pleasant aroma of the Balsam. The needles are 1/2 to 1 inch long, a dark green color with a silver accent underside. The branches have layered look and tree has a pleasant aroma.
Douglas Fir has been our most popular variety for years. Needles are 1 to 1-1/2 inches long, soft to touch and have a pleasant aroma when cut or crushed. Color varies from dark green to blue-green.
Norway Spruce has short needles about 1/2 to 1 inch long on sturdy branches. Color is dark green with layered branches for a more open tree.
White Pine has a "fluffy" look with soft needles about 2.5 to 5 inches long, bluish green in color. Trees are generally very full, with soft pliable branches, but heavy ornaments may pull the branches out of shape.
In the mid-1970's Dennis and Nancy Foster purchased 10 acres of neglected farmland and a farmhouse built in 1866. Dennis had a dream to fulfill---to start a Christmas tree farm and run it his way. First step was to divide the farmland into blocks and plant one block a year to sustain a continuing supply of mature trees. In 1977 the first block of seedlings was planted, but almost half of the trees were lost to drought and inexperience. In 1978 we replanted, and we planted a second block. With a little experience and more rain, losses were lower. We continued to plant a new block each spring with minimal losses. By 1982 a few trees were ready for harvest and we were finally into a choose & cut retail operation -- Holly Ridge Tree Farm. Two years later, another drought hit with severe losses, but we replanted and by 1986 the entire farm was planted.
The next five years went fine with growing, pruning, selling and replanting. We purchased some adjacent acreage in 1994, and in early 2000 sold some land to an insurance company to build their southern New Jersey office facility. We continue to operate with 8+ acres of trees at varying stages of growth.
We make and decorate fresh wreaths and grave blankets throughout the selling season using the greens from our fields.
To provide the best trees possible, we..
We're delighted that our son, Jeff, is now a full partner in the company. He has worked with us since he was a young boy and is taking over operations as we ease into retirement.
We’re still experimenting to make our trees better for you. Dennis and Jeff are often asked to speak to other growers to share their knowledge and experience.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
We’re conveniently located half way between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, just off Exit 28 of the Atlantic City Expressway. Use the map below to get driving directions from your location or feel free to give us a call.
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