Local Christmas Tree Farm Opens For Holiday Season


"We have never picked our own Christmas tree. And we looked it up on the Internet. We didn't know this place was here and it's awesome," said Leigh Thornton, who bought a tree from the farm.

WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- What may be a one-day tradition each year for you takes years of preparation for David Hartman at his Christmas tree farm -- just so families are able to get into the Christmas spirit.

"We have never picked our own Christmas tree. And we looked it up on the Internet. We didn't know this place was here and it's awesome," said Leigh Thornton, who bought a tree from the farm.

It was the first weekend of the season the Hartman Tree Farm was open.

"Weekend's been real hectic. Friday, I sold a lot of trees. About wore me out. I'm kind of an old man," Hartman said.

The families walked around searching for the tree that would be the symbol of the start of their Christmas, then they cut it down the old-fashioned way and loaded it into their cars.

"We're going to decorate it today. It's a beautiful day," Thornton said.

However, they say it was about more than the trees. They're looking for memories -- hoping to bring back past traditions.

"Growing up we used to come out to Christmas tree farms where we used to live, and it was kind of tradition, so we thought we'd pick it up this year and see how it was," said Kim Essig.

The owner said the most popular trees -- firs and spruces -- won't grow in Kentucky soil.

"The soil's too heavy and it's too hot in the summer. The firs are brought in from either the mountains of North Carolina or brought in from Michigan, Wisconsin," Hartman explained.

However, the White Pine and Scotch Pine are good enough for families who want to support local farms.

"I love the smell and we love supporting our local farmers," Essig said.

Hartman started planting trees in 1983, waiting for them to grow tall enough to cut down, which usually takes eight to 12 years.

For him, it's a business well worth the wait.

The Hartman Tree Farm will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 until Christmas.

It's off Russellville Road in Bowling Green at 870 Old Tram Road.


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