On Friday, September 24, 2010 the Criscoe family loaded up the truck to go learn about the Christmas trees they would soon be selling.
Heading east on I-20 we passed through Augusta and Columbia, SC and turned north on 77 and drove through Charlotte. Friday night's drive ended in Jonesville, NC were we stayed the night.
Saturday morning we popped out of bed anxious to get to our destination.
We ate breakfast and we were ready to start our day by 7:30 a.m.. We stepped outside to a brisk 60 degrees. The crisp air was a welcomed break from the Georgia 90 degree weather.
Our drive to Sparta included a scenic route up a mountain and over some gorgeous terrain. The mountains in the distance gave hope to the idea of healthy tree farms and friendly faces.
Upon arrival to Sparta, we discovered that our cell service was not available. Our son was amused by our necessity to use a pay phone. His comments eluded to "old-fashioned" technology.
After waiting only a few minutes the owner of the tree farm pulled up and we were on our way to explore his endeavors.
Small talk started as we traveled a few miles. We turned off the main road onto a gravel drive. The mountains layered off in the distance and as we eased over a creek we began to see rows of trees growing on the side of the mountain. There were thousands of trees well maintained and carefully groomed. They were organized by age and characteristics.
We rode in a 4-wheel drive truck so we could climb the steep hills. As we drove up the hill we past row after row of pristine fraser fir Christmas trees. When we reached the summit we got out of the truck and began walking around. Seth, the owner, described how he and his crews spend hours trimming, grooming and caring for each tree. Seth was very knowledgeable about growing these trees. He talked about determining quality of seed, planting and grading guidelines and harvesting techniques. And this was just the beginning!
After we left this first property, Seth drove us to another location where the trees were still young and not ready to harvest.
Yet another area he showed us was where the trees were only a few months old and would soon be transplanted to their new home on the mountain where they would spend the next 7 years growing to perfection.
Seth also explained the process of how they hand craft each wreath and garland strand, and the process to bail the Christmas trees.
Two years later we are still overjoyed to be bringing you quality trees to Eatonton, Georgia. We have founded ourselves on the importance of family and work to host events that will bring families together. Join us this holiday season & make memories that will last a lifetime with your family.
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