Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association



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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Twilight Meeting - 5:30 PM
Chestnut Mountain Tree Farm
126 Mountain Rd.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Host: Robert Schrader

    Chestnut Mountain Tree Farm was purchased by Bob and Jake Schrader in 2010 and they have been planting a variety of fir trees since 2011. The property was previously owned by the Kogut family and was operated as a wholesale tree farm through the 1980's and 1990's. The 130 acre farm currently produces Christmas trees, hay and firewood.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Board of Directors Meeting - 4:30 PM
Vandervalk Farm
25 Lovell St.
Mendon, MA 01756

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Twilight Meeting - 5:30 PM
Vandervalk Farm
25 Lovell St.
Mendon, MA 01756
Hosts: Casey and Susan Vandervalk

    Operated by Susan and Casey Vandervalk, the Vandervalk Farm & Winery has been the site of numerous Association visits. Using innovative tools and enthusiasm for the Christmas tree business, a visit to the Vandervalk farm might spark a new idea for operating your own farm.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Twilight Meeting - 5:30 PM
Maple Crest Farm
102 Moulton St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
Hosts: Carol and John Elwell

    John and Carol Elwell are retired educators, but not retired from working. They now own Maple Crest Farm, a 30 acre farm. The farm was purchased by John's grandfather, Albert Elwell, in 1917 and for many years raised milking cows. In addition, John's Uncle Albert, a West Newbury Selectman for 42 years and a two term Mass State Representative, raised chickens, strawberries and zucchini squash. If that wasn't enough, John's Aunt Alice raised turkeys and maintained the historical farm house built in 1729. Currently Maple Crest Farm has a PYO strawberry operation, and sells blueberries and raspberries through local food markets. The Christmas season offers CYO Christmas trees, wagon rides, free hot chocolate, marshmallow toasting, swag making for children and pictures with the Indian Hill Reservoir in the background. Jack Jackson and the Essex County Tree Farmers with serve sandwiches and sodas before the 6:00 PM field tour.  

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Annual Meeting - 9:00 AM
Ioka Valley Farm
3475 Rte. 43
Hancock, MA 01237
Hosts - The Leab Family


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