"Tree" Joe and Donna Roberts of Timonium carry the first Christmas tree of their young married lives at the Locksley Tree Farm in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore. Dec. 14, 1981. (Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun)

Only in Maryland: Maryland’s Oldest Christmas Tree Farms

12/01/2016
By Preservation Maryland

Did you know? The primary species of Christmas Trees grown in Maryland are Scotch Pine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir according to the Maryland Christmas Tree Association. Preservation Maryland works to protect the state’s cultural landscapes and supports it’s regional legacy small businesses, so this holiday season we feature three of Maryland’s oldest Christmas tree farms:

 

Pine Valley Farms

Sykesville, Carroll County

Originally a farm growing corn and alfalfa, the first Christmas trees were planted at Pine Valley in 1977. The Wolfe family continues to operate the farm today. Pine Valley Farms is a member of Carroll Grown, a component of the Carroll County Department of Economic Development that connects consumers, restaurateurs, and farmers to promote local agricultural heritage.

Jarrettsville Nurseries

Street, Harford County

The oldest Christmas tree farm in Maryland, Jarrettsville Nurseries has been selling trees since 1961. Located in Deer Creek Valley, the farm is well suited to grow a variety of trees, including Fraser fir, Douglas fir, and blue spruce. The Nursery was one of the first members of the Maryland Christmas Tree Association and remains committed to preserving Harford County’s farmland.

Pine Valley Christmas Trees

Elkton, Cecil County

Before selling Christmas trees, Pine Valley Christmas Trees was a dairy farm dating from the 1840s. The first Christmas trees were planted in the late 1950s and included blue spruce, Norway spruce, blue pine and Scotch pine. Since selling their first tree in 1963, the fifth generation of the Underwood family keeps this Cecil County tradition alive today.

Interested in finding your own Maryland-grown holiday tree? Check out all the listings on the Maryland Christmas Tree Association website. The Maryland Christmas Tree Association is the state’s association of approximately 100 growers and retailers who have a common interest in promoting the real Christmas tree industry. 

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