We will be open the following days in 2015:
December 19th and 20th between 9AM and 4PM
We will have decorations available the weekend before (on December 12 and 13 between 9AM and 4PM). This will include wreaths, centerpieces, sprays, and other decorations.
Why are we only open one weekend, so late in the 2015 season?
There are many factors that affect our ability to grow the perfect Christmas tree, including shifting weather patterns, an increasing deer population, and the personal circumstances of those running the farm. The average age of a Christmas tree when it is cut down is 8-12 years. At Pine View Farm, we purchase 2-to-4 year-old saplings from a greenhouse and then spend 6 or more years fertilizing, trimming, and shaping your tree to prepare it for your home.
For the 2015 holiday season we unfortunately have fewer trees than in past years. This is because, a little over 6 years ago, William Steidle, the owner and manager of Pine View Farm for almost 30 years, became very sick and was unable to plant trees. While working outside that autumn, he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where we learned that he had stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, an aggressive and treatment-resistant form of kidney cancer. In the months that followed, his kidney was removed and he underwent a short round of chemotherapy. He was very fortunate to recover from this experience and to continue farming for several more years, with increasing assistance from two of his sons, Michael and Will. Eventually, the cancer returned and, after a long fight, he passed away peacefully in November of 2013. Since that time, Michael and Will have taken over the farm, running it with the help of William's other children, family, and friends.
Because it takes trees so long to mature, it's difficult to understand that the repercussions of an incident 6 years ago are only being felt now, at the time when those unplanted trees would have reached their ideal height. We are a small, family-owned and operated business, working only with what we grow right on our farm. We believe the best Christmas trees come fresh from the ground and we enjoy allowing families to participate in a true choose-n-cut experience. We want to reassure all of our customers--those who have been coming for years and those who have yet to visit--that we still have beautiful trees available this year, and that we will have even more trees ready next year and for many years to come. Even if you are unable to visit us this winter, we hope that you will check back in with us in 2016. We truly appreciate your business and wish you all the best during the holiday season.
Pine View Farm was so named when the Steidle family purchased the farm in 1908. The farm consists of rolling fields, wetlands and wooded areas separated by stone walls. The farm includes a historic house and barn that were constructed around 1870. The adjoining farmland also contains historic homes of distinction.
In 1985, the third generation of the Steidle family began planting Christmas trees as a way of helping to fund future college educations for the children. Today approximately 10,000 Christmas trees are planted on the farm and adjoining leased property. Species grown include: Balsam fir, Canaan fir, Concolor fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Blue spruce, Meyer spruce, White spruce and White pine.
We are very much dedicated to protecting the environment. Towards that end, we have entered into a conservation easement with the Orange County Land Trust that protects the farm in perpetuity. We have also recently constructed a wildlife marsh to enhance habitat diversity on the farm.
We make every effort to maintain the farm for the enjoyment and education of our visitors. We welcome any comments and questions that you may have. We may be reached by telephone at (845) 564-4111 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org