Oh Christmas Tree! Local Buyers Guide

 

Choosing a tradition that suits your needs and values can be a difficult decision each year, especially when it comes to the Christmas Tree. Research has shown that selecting a naturally sourced tree each year has less environmental impact than owning an artificial one....unless you plan to keep your artificial tree for 20+ years, after which the environmental impacts even out. 

 

URBAN TREE LOTS
With two locations, one in Northeast Minneapolis and one in South Minneapolis' Longfellow neighborhood, Mother Earth Gardens provide a marketplace for sustainably grown Christmas Trees. They stock a variety of responsibly grown, chemical free trees from the family farms of Henry and Gracia Anderson in Osseo, Wisconsin and Wade and Heather Comstock in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. They offer trees as short at 4 feet and reaching over 12 feet tall, starting at around $25 each. 

DOWNTOWN DELIVERY
Fresh Fraser firs and wild balsam trees are available for local downtown delivery only at the MillCity Farmers Market through Nistler Farms.  The market moves indoors all month long with not only house christmas trees but locally grown produce, breads, cheeses and more. 

COUNTRY DRIVE
If you are looking to get your tree out of the city and enjoy a beautiful drive check out  Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo. A real working family run farm with a  large selection of sustainable pre-cut trees or trees you can cut from their fields. 

 

A symbol of goodwill and love

The Fraser Fir has become a very popular tree due to its short, strong needles, tendency to hold them and its compact form. Native to the mountains of the Eastern United States.

The Balsam Fir has an aroma that says “Christmas.” Native to Minnesota and all of Central Eastern North America.

The Eastern Balsam, gaining in popularity, has characteristics of both Fraser and Balsam Firs. Nice smell, good needle habit.

The White Pine has many loyal customers. Its soft, long needles give a different look and feel. Native to Minnesota and all of Central Eastern North America.

The Black Hills, Meyer and Blue Spruce all have a shorter, compact needle and colors that range from blue to cool green. Black Hills Spruce are native to the Upper Midwest.

 

After the holiday season is over be sure to responsibly dispose of your Christmas tree by taking it to your local compost, recycling or waste management site. Some municipalities also provide curb side pick up and chipping services, reusing the trees for landscaping mulch and keeping them out of landfills. If you live in the Twin Cities you can drop off your tree at either Hennepin or Ramsey County's compost sites. Spend this Christmas with a clean, green conscience!

 

Thanks to Mother Earth Gardens and Dovetail Partners for their contributions to this post!