The sounds and smells of Christmas are in the air at Cedar Lake Tree Farm in Iron Station, where area residents are in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
Bill and Ruth Cline operate the farm, in business for its eleventh year. The Clines moved their tree farm and landscaping operation to Lincoln County from the Mt. Holly area to make way for I-485.
On Friday, the farm was doing a bustling business as families admired the large selection of mountain grown Fraser Firs along with a large stand of â€œcut your ownâ€ Virginia pines grown on the property.
â€œThe first two weekends after Thanksgiving are the busiest of the season,â€ Bill Cline said. Cline prides himself on the freshness of trees available at the farm. He makes periodic trips to the N. C. Mountains to get freshly cut Fraser Firs and keeps them bundled until the day they are ready to be sold to preserve their moisture. Once customers choose their trees, workers take them to a station where workers saw a fresh cut off the base so that the tree will take up water when placed in its tree stand. The tree is then wrapped in nylon netting for easy transport.
The trees arenâ€™t the only draw to the family operated farm. In two farm sheds, Clineâ€™s wife Ruth and sister-in-law Sharon Rowland decorate handmade wreaths with a variety of bows and other decorations. Wreaths are crafted from fresh fir and boxwood into traditional circular shapes as well as other designs such as crosses. Customers will also find an abundance of freshly made garland for decorating their homes.
A variety of farm animals is on display for children and adults to enjoy. Alpacas from nearby Good Karma Alpaca Ranch seemed to be a crowd favorite with the adults, while the children seemed amazed by real turkeys trotting around in a small lot near the barn. In addition, chickens, guineas, cows and donkeys were available for customers to enjoy.
Kids can also enjoy climbing on the giant haystack and snacking on hot chocolate and homemade reindeer cookies.
Unlike some areas of the country, North Carolina experienced a very good growing season for Christmas trees this year.
â€œWe had an excellent year,â€ Cline said. â€œWe got plenty of rain and our trees grew very well.â€
Want to go?
Cedar Lake Tree Farm is located at 5829 East Hwy. 27 in Iron Station. The farm is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10Â a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The farm will be closing Dec.Â 20.
For more information, visit cedarlaketreefarm.com.