T&S Christmas Tree Farm

T&S Christmas Tree Farm ready for Christmas holiday season

Christmas is ready to arrive early.

T&S Christmas Tree Farm in Hawarden is ready to help you get started.

They’ve been helping people jump-start the holiday season since they opened their Christmas tree farm in 1986. Today, this second generation farm continues to sell Christmas trees as well as wreaths, garlands and much more.

The Christmas tree farm was started by Terry and Sue Muth as a part of their nursery garden center and landscaping business originally named T&S Nursery. They closed the nursery in 2003, but decided to keep the Christmas tree farm.

When they started, they only had a couple of hundred trees available for people to cut and take home for the holiday season, but that number has grown to up to more than 1,000 this year on their 15-acre farm.

The farm is now owned and run by Terry and Sue’s two children Adam Muth and Robin Miller and her partner, Matt Smith.

They have a number of varieties of trees for sale in varying heights and fullness. This year they have balsam fir, Fraser fir, canaan fir, white pine, Scotch pine and some spruces.

In addition to trees in the field that families can chop down, there are also some extra large trees that T&S has brought in from Wisconsin. They also have wreaths, garlands and other items for sale.

Normally, they enjoy delighting kids of all ages with hot chocolate and hot cider, but due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, they won’t be offering refreshments this year.

“We are going to have to disappoint the little ones. We are not doing our cider and hot chocolate buffet this year. We are also asking people who come into the store to wear their masks and limit how many folks come in,” Sue said.

The workers will also be masked and Plexiglas has been installed in strategic places in the shop.

They opened this year on Nov. 21 and will remain open through the second weekend of December. After that, they are available by appointment. They are open 1-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday,

Despite everything, the family is excited to be still in the business of selling Christmas trees this year.

“The kids like the fact that they can be self-employed and they can be here on the farm. They both went off to the city and then came back and they love being on the farm,” Sue said.

“Growing Christmas trees is also a science and art — which offers fun challenges. It’s science because you have to pick the right varieties for the area and manage pests and fungus. It’s art because you have to learn to trim them so they turn into Christmas trees.”