OUR CHRISTMAS TREES

On our farm, you will find Noble Fir, Nordmann Fir, Grand Fir, Douglas Fir, and Norway Spruce—and maybe the occasional Pine. Use this page to help figure out what's what as you walk our farm.

The Noble Fir

The Noble is one of the premiere Christmas trees in the Pacific Northwest. As you're walking around the farm, it is most easily identified by its almost perfectly even layers of branches and its silvery, blue-green hue. When you get close, you'll see that its elegant needles point upward towards the sky. The Noble has good needle retention, stiff branches, and a pleasant Christmas scent. It's great for showcasing your special holiday ornaments—including the heavy ones.

Price: $10/foot

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The Nordmann Fir

The Nordmann is very similar to the Noble, except its branches are more helter-skelter. This is a great alternative for someone who doesn't like all that empty space between the Noble fir branches. Plus, we have more of them on the farm, so they're easier to find! Similar to the Noble, it has upward-pointing needles, good needle retention, stiff branches, and a pleasant Christmas scent.

 

Price: $10/foot

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The Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce is a beautiful tree with a bluish-green hue and short, sharp needles (so not the best for someone with sensitive hands). It has a natural conical shape and strong branches. Needle retention is good if property cared for, although not quite as good as the Noble or Nordmann.

Price: $8/foot

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The Grand Fir

The Grand Fir has a rich, dark green color that you can identify by its flat needles. It is the most fragrant of our trees, but that also means that its trunk will have more sap. It has good needle retention, and is one of our personal favorites.

Price: $8/foot

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The Douglas Fir

The Douglas Fir is not a "true" fir, but is definitely a Christmas classic. This full-looking tree with soft needles is also the least expensive tree on our farm, since it grows a bit faster than our other species. On the downside, it also the poorest needle retention of our trees. So if you're purchasing a Douglas Fir the day after Thanksgiving, you'll want to make sure to provide it with extra love and attention and follow our tree care tips.

 

Price: $6/foot

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What other trees would you like to see on our farm?

Some species simply aren't feasible due to climate and other requirements, but we plant new trees every year and would love to hear your favorites. (Keep in mind that it takes 5 to 7 years to grow a Christmas tree to maturity, so this is for the patient types...) Message us with any suggestions.

SUSTAINABILITY AT BIG LAKE TREES

When we purchased Big Lake Trees in 2021, one of our goals was to make the tree farm as environmentally and socially sustainable as possible. We are pursuing our SERF Certification (which stands for Socially and Environmental Responsible Farming)—a designation developed exclusively for Christmas tree farms, and planting new foliage in our wetland areas to enhance duck habitat.

Another challenge for 2021 has been eliminating the use of any non-biodegradable reusable plastics—with the exception of candy cane wrappers, since apparently that option doesn't exist, and (come on, folks) we can't have Christmas without candy canes (!!!) We are also now using 100% biodegradable netting for your Christmas trees, and 100% biodegradable poo bags for your canine companions (yep, dogs are welcome!)  

 

If you have suggestions for additional ways we can be strengthening the environment or our community through our farm, or have a school or other group that would like to visit us, please do not hesitate to let us know!

~ Adam and Hollie Del Vecchio

A LEGACY CONTINUED

Big Lake Trees was founded by Bob and Polly Winkelman, who planted the first Christmas trees in 1974. They focused on working the land in a sustainable way and leaving a legacy for their children and their families. The farm was expanded by Bob and Polly's son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Ruth Heft, who later took over the operation with the help of Ralph's brothers, Phil and Bill. 

 

In 2021, a new family entered the picture. The Del Vecchios purchased Big Lake Trees with the dream of continuing its legacy as both a family-run business and as a sustainable operation that contributes to the local community in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner. 

We also strive to honor Polly Winkelman—who applied to the UW School of Forestry in 1937 but was told that "forestry is not for girls"—along with all the girls and women who have helped this Christmas tree farm survive and flourish to this day.