Manlius, NY (NCC News) A family trip to a local Christmas tree farm may be nostalgic for some. Selecting the preferred bushiness, height, and aesthetic is a conversation many of us remember.
But for some, this tradition has led to another community.
Local Bryan Horstmyer has been coming to Page’s Christmas Tree Farm for as long as he can remember, growing up playing hockey with the sons of the owner. Now Horstmyer has two kids of his own, who have been coming to the same Christmas tree farm for seven years now.
Owner Randy Page got into the Christmas tree farm business as a way to pay for his kid’s college tuition. Over 30 years later, he’s built an animal sanctuary and a small community.
Page’s Christmas Tree Farm is home to three sheep, a couple chickens, owls, hawks, and domesticated deer. Beyond the generations of trees they have sold, children in the area also have the opportunity to connect to a couple different species when they come to Page’s.
They grow Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, and Frasier Fir trees, with the most popular being the Frasier Firs.
“They keep the needles the longest,” Page said.
Needle retention is a top question among buyers according to Randy, followed by fragrance and color.
Regardless of your aesthetic preferences, Randy Page is equipped to inform local buyers of the best tree for their home environment.
For loyal patron Horstmyer, this means a tree purchase even in today’s blizzard.