Happy Thanksgiving!! We are looking forward to our opening weekend, kicking off tomorrow at 9:00.
The forecast isn’t looking great for tomorrow so though we will be open, we highly suggest pushing your visit back to Saturday, Sunday, or next weekend. We will be open from 9:00 to 3:30 every Thursday-Sunday until Christmas.
We have barns full of wreaths and fun decorations, hot drinks and sweet treats, and a beautiful farm full of trees and we are so excited to share it all with you soon. We hope you have a wonderful holiday, Happy Thanksgiving!!
We are getting very excited for Christmas tree season! We will open next Friday, November 26th for our tree cutting season.
As the leaves are starting to turn and the days are getting shorter we are looking forward to another Christmas tree season at the Tonry Farm. We do not offer tree tagging, sorry! We will open the day after Thanksgiving, Friday November 26th, 2021.
We have a great selection of trees this year. Our rainy summer was beneficial for growth so we have a nice variety of shapes and sizes.
Well, this is the first time we have had to do this in our farm's 57 year history, but we will be closing early for the season. We need to make this decision to protect our inventory of trees for next year and ones following. There are several factors that have led to this:
- Christmas trees grow about a foot a year. This means that the 8-10 foot tree that most customers seek takes about 10 years to grow. This means that we can't quickly catch up after huge demand and increased sales. We need to preserve inventory for future years.
- There is a national Christmas tree shortage. This is due to many different factors, including the 2008 recession, fires on the west coast, supply chain disruption, as well as the 2016 and 2020 east coast droughts. The news coverage of the Christmas tree shortage last year and this year pushed our customers to buy their trees earlier and brought new customers to our farm. As with any type of farming, economics and climate change are always affecting what we do and how we do it.
- 3. Locally, there is a huge demand for cut-your-own Christmas trees but very few established tree farms. Land values and the reality that you don't see a profit for a tree farm business for 5-10 years make it a difficult business to start. We are very grateful to SELT - Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire for helping our family to protect our farm and make it possible to continue it into our 3rd and 4th generations. Our family started planting Christmas trees through a 4H project and with advice from UNH Extension. The public needs to value and support organizations and programs like these to keep local agriculture thriving.
The market for Christmas trees has changed for better and for worse, and we are still just trying to figure it out. There is a good chance we will be changing our operating hours/days and processes for following years. We ask that you ALWAYS check our facebook, website or phone line before you visit our farm. Additionally, our mailing list will be an important way that we keep in touch with our customers so we highly suggest that you sign up:
Sign up HERE for our mailing list!
So, as of today we are officially CLOSED for the season. We may be able to offer some limited schedule-ahead appointments. Please reach out to us at Tonryfarm@gmail.com. Thank you for your support, understanding, and for a great season!
Thanks to everyone who came out to cut a tree this weekend! We had an extremely busy few selling days so our inventory is now primarily 5 foot and under concolor fir trees. We will be CLOSED this Thursday 12/2/21 due to forecasted rain, but we will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00 to 3:30 so you can cut yourself one of these cute firs!