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Well we are going to need to plant some more trees this spring if we are going to keep this Christmas Tree Farm open.  Thanks to our awesome customers we will be planting over 750 trees this March.

We will need to plant two or three times as many trees as we will need to harvest.  We know in our hearts that the popularity of the farm will continue to grow as word spreads of all the activities that you can do here besides find your family Christmas Tree.  

Thonya was doing some research this winter and found a fir tree that has meet with some promising results for Missouri.  It's called a Canaan Fir.  They can tolerate our warm summers and clay soils.  While not perfectly suited for our area others have had some luck bringing these to harvest.  They are a short needled evergreen with needles lining the branches all the way back to the trunk.  They have an nice color and stiff branching that will decorate nicely.  The fir's are fragrant and many people like the dense branching and tight form that will come with annual pruning.

That's it for now.  

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Christmas wasn't always celebrated the way it is today. In fact, the Puritans of Massachusetts banned any observance of Christmas, and anyone caught observing the holiday had to pay a fine. Connecticut had a law forbidding the celebration of Christmas and the baking of mincemeat pies! A few of the earliest settlers did celebrate Christmas, but it was far from a common holiday in the colonial era. here's a brief but interesting history of the Christmas Tree! Sources for this article are major universities. References are being added. Click here to read More

 
 
Quick update.  The weather was great this last weekend.  We had record numbers on each of the three days we were open.  

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Last year was our first season selling Christmas Trees and we asked our customers what they needed from us.  

1. Debit and Credit cards, this year we are able to accept all forms of payment!  Cash, checks, all major credit cards and PayPal.  

2. Tree Disposal Bags.  We now have large disposal bags available this year.  These are very handy, you put this down under your tree, and at the end of the season simply pull the bag up so that you can easily pull the tree from your house without making a mess.

3.  Limited selection of wreaths.  This year we will be making a few fresh wreaths.  These will be made with branches cut from our trees.  

4.  We have tree stands this year that are sized for our trees.  We had a few customers last year that had never enjoyed a real Christmas Tree before, we can now help our customers with a one stop shopping experience.

5.  This year we are offering gift certificates.  You can purchase a gift certificate for a friend or relative and they can come out and pick out their own tree.

We are open to any suggestions you might have.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to serve you!  Thanks for your support.  

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Just a few years ago I didn't even know what Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was.  We just knew there had to be a better way to get our food. 

Just in case you are like me, here is a definition from Wikipedia.  "Community-supported agriculture (CSA); sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Many CSAs also sometimes include herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA tend to provide produce and other comestibles. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs."

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When I heard about this for the first time I thought this is awesome what a great way to get our food!  I looked into it and there were only a handful of people in the area doing this.  It was hard to find a group that had an opening, we went to the Farmers Markets, which is another way to get to the same end, but it did not seem to be a fit for us.  As we started to look for a way to get back to the basics, to provide a more wholesome environment to raise our children, we started looking for some land that we could use to grow some of our own food.   That's when we happened upon our Farm.

The neat thing is you can get closer to your food!  Here are 4 reasons why you should.

1)  Know the source of your food.  While I'm not a fan of big government, occasionally they stumble upon a good idea.  One initiative by the USDA is "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food".  There are so many benefits to getting closer to your food such as; Supporting small to mid-size farmers and ranchers, protecting our natural resources and eating healthier.  
2)  Spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes.  In our crazy day to day grind we find ourselves spending most of our time confined in our homes, offices and cars.  I would hazard a guess that the average person spends the majority of their day cooped up inside.  Some CSA's offer what are called working shares.  There are some people who would like to get out and spend time in the great outdoors.  Your not required to purchase a working share to participate in a CSA but it's a good way to keep your costs down and help out your farmer all in one fell swoop.  Not to mention all the fresh air you get for free! 
3)  Eat healthier, by purchasing your food locally.  Food grown close to home is more wholesome and has far fewer chemicals in them than food purchased at the grocery store.  Not to mention the freshness.  Large commercial operations continually spray and deplete the ground of nutrients in quest of mass quantities of cheap food.  In life somethings are not best to be cheap!
4)  Fosters new opportunities for farmers and ranchers.  With the explosion of large corporate farms in the late 70's many family operations were forced out of the family business of farming.  CSA had not even been in place at the time so there really were no alternative for these families.  In response to the corporate takeover of farming individuals reacted by creating a way for farmers and ranchers to get reconnected to consumers and provide a high quality product at a fair price.  These markets provide the community with the chance to help support a family and another great side benefit is that the majority of the money spent with them is put right back in to the local economy.
4.5)  Support of traditional family values, is another benefits of supporting a CSA.  The families who work to provide food for you are trying hard to give their children the benefits of growing up close to their food, building a good work ethic, and instilling in them the knowledge that if they really open their minds they can do anything. 

Here at Kennedy's Country, we are blessed to have a working Christmas Tree Farm.  This is the first step in working to provide you with a full CSA someday!  We have plans for an orchard, livestock and berries.  We want to be part of your life and help you to get to Know your Food and Know your Farmer. 

Let others know about us, help us grow by spreading the word.  You can find us on Facebook and on the web.  Let us know what kinds of food your would like to buy locally by commenting below.

Sources: Wikipedia, USDA


 
 
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When you venture out to pick out a Christmas Tree there are a few things you should keep in mind to get the best tree and have a great experience for your family. 

1. When you choose a farm to shop for your tree make sure they create a "family friendly" environment.  You want to make sure they have a place that the kids can warm up and be entertained. The last thing you want them to remember is that they were cold the whole time. There should be activities other than just looking for a tree, these are what makes the visit memorable. Above all it needs to be a place that provides a positive environment of fun and family. 

2. When selecting a tree farm make sure there are different varieties of trees.  In Missouri we are limited in the varieties of live Christmas trees that will grow well here. Typical varieties are Scotch and White Pines, other varieties usually are too slow growing for our part of the country.  That being said make sure your farm has at least 5 acres of trees to choose from.  I know this sounds like a lot but you want to be able to find the tree that's just right for your home.  Tips for what to look for in a tree is another post all together. 

3.  Picking out the perfect tree may take a while so set aside at least an hour out of your day so you can enjoy the time spent and not feel rushed.  Take a few minutes to enjoy the environment, the smell of the pines, the crisp air and the sound of the birds.  There is more to the visit that just cutting down a tree.

So before you head out make sure you know your farm has a good selection, you have enough time for your visit and that they provide a family friendly atmosphere.  Keeping these things in mind will make your trip to the farm a great experience.  If you have any other tips please share them with others in the comments below!

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