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The CHRISTmas Tree Farm ©
Have you gotten your Christmas tree yet? Well don't, at least not until you've read this column.
Last week I took three of my grandkids to the Barnard & Thompson CHRISTmas Tree Farm in Pitts, GA. They had a ball running all over the farm to pick out the perfect tree for our Christmas this year. But we didn't cut it down; we're going to wait until the first week in December when my son, Jess, arrives home from Germany to celebrate with us. That way we'll have a good excuse to visit the tree farm again.
While we were there I asked Bernard's son, Carter, if it would be ok to write this column today and he said "Yes, I'll have my dad contact you to tell you all about it". So, I just got done interviewing Barnard and Kelly and their daughter to get a better picture of what the farm is all about. Half of the story is how Barnard and Kelly met years after going to high school together, married and put their blended families together to make an obviously close knit troupe that works together on most everything, especially the tree farm.
In fact, in 2017 they hand planted the first 600 seedlings and then had to wait until Thanksgiving Day of 2019 for their grand opening. Now, they plant enough trees each year to make up for what they've harvested so they'll have an ongoing supply for years to come.
Another thing I discovered in talking with Barnard and Kelly is that they partner with TreesForTroops.org each year to insure the families of active duty service men and women have a Christmas tree to help make up for the active duty family member who can't be home for Christmas. Last year, TreesForTroops donated, with help from the farms' customers, over 14,000 trees!
Also, although it too late for this year, you should mark your calendar for next year for their live-band music, craft and vendor festival on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. A perfect way to settle into a more reasonable start to the season than the rush of "Black Friday"!
I hope I've whet your appetite for a visit to:
The Barnard & Thompson CHRISTmas Tree Farm
6476 Hwy 215 North
Pitts, GA 31072
Friday's 2-6 PM
Saturday's 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday's 2 PM to 6 PM
Take your grandkids and let them help you choose the perfect tree for your CHRISTmas.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors.....see you next week!
Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or search for us at www.facebook.com/VisitingAngelsofCentralGA/
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