Open Weekends for Christmas Tree Sales
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Over 60 years ago the first Christmas Trees of this farm were planted by the Althouse Family. The first plantings were started in 1956. At that time, Scotch Pine was the tree of choice. Charles and Robert Althouse sold Christmas Trees in front of the now restored Barn 54 years ago. Charles continued to raise Christmas trees as did Robert and eventually Earl. As the years passed, Charles grew the farm into a full time business known as Althouse Nursery. Until the opening of the Cobblestone Farms Barn in 2006 the tree business was conducted from the Charles and Martha Althouse residence on Witmer Road.
Cobblestone Farms starts selling cut trees the day after Thanksgiving.
More and more we are starting to sell during the week before Thanksgiving due to many requests.
Our trees are cut daily since we grow our own.
Due to issues with excess rain and moisture this year, Tag-A-Tree is closed
We had a great loss of trees due to Cryptomeria scale, Mites and rhabdocline disease
Cut Tree Care
There are many so-called recommendations on how to care for your tree. What works? Well… every situation is different. Heat sources vary for each site you use. This is important to remember when you choose your tree and where you decide to display it.
What’s best? WATER! We’ve heard all the remedies and after all these years we still recommend plain water. Warm water is best. Never hot which can scald. Warm water can help soften the sap to allow water to flow more freely. We always recommend giving your tree warm water for the first watering. If the water goes below the base of the trunk give it warm water again. Try not to let the water level get that far and you should not have problems.If you do wish to add anything to the water because of type or conditions of your water, please only use recommended tree preserve water additives. Only use as recommended on the labels.We understand that many of you have been using all kinds of remedies for years with no problems. Don’t change. If it works, then stick to it. Please be careful as to how much of anything you may
add to the water. Three ways to think of your cut tree…
1) It is a cut plant, not unlike a cut flower. We don’t expect cut
flowers to last over a month?
2) What we put in to the tree is similar to how we take care of
radiators in our vehicles. If we put the wrong stuff in it gets gunked
up! Be wary of sugar and sugar products.
3) Some things can be poison to our trees and defoliate them
immaturely. Salts and Chemicals. Think of what salt does to melt
icy roadways and the result to plant material along those roads.
Pay attention to how you care for your cut tree. Use common sense
and you should have an enjoyable season!