11/25/15 6:10am
Ed Dart with his Firs; a Douglas on the left and a Fraser on the right. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Ed Dart with his Firs; a Douglas on the left and a Fraser on the right. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Does it make sense to drive to a rural area, cut down a seven-foot tree and put it in your living room for several weeks? No, it does not. But Christmas was never about being sensible. Even for people who think nothing of apple- or strawberry-picking, the experience of going out in a field to bring back a freshly cut tree is a peculiar delight.

And speaking of rational acts, who in their right mind would tie up acres of valuable Long Island real estate growing a crop that requires fertilization, pest control, pruning and eight to 10 years of growing before it can be harvested?

On the North Fork of Long Island, there are still a handful of farms, all family-owned, where generations of tree buyers and tree growers have participated in this illogical, magical Christmas tradition and made it an annual part of their holiday. (more…)

11/24/15 6:08am
Zuhoski Farms' 'cut your own Christmas tree' lot

Zuhoski Farms’ ‘cut your own Christmas tree’ lot on Oregon Road in Cutchogue

It’s time to get that Christmas tree.

Here are 12 places on the North Fork and Shelter Island where you can buy a fresh, pine-scented Douglas fir and other varieties.

Not sure what kind of tree to get?  Click here for our handy North Fork Christmas tree guide.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, six of the following places will let you cut your own. Just remember that most tree sales don’t begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving, so be sure to call ahead.

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