As the Christmas season draws nearer, families are hurrying to buy their Christmas trees. At the local Stadt’s family Christmas tree farm, this means business. Tom Stadt the owner of the farm and his family spend all summer and spring hand trimming every tree and planting new ones. They open the day after Thanksgiving and run all the way up the December, 23.
Along with the family, Stadt needs to higher extra help to get through the busy weekends leading up to the Christmas season.
Alex Orbeck was one of the employees last year and know a thing or two about the business.
“The second and third weekend are the busiest by far. I think last year those weekends were record breaking for the farm.” Said former Gull Lake graduate Alex Orbeck
The farm is becoming more and more popular every year as more people learn about the local farm. Some customers have been going to get their tree there ever since the opened 13 years ago. The farm is “you pick, we cut,” which means all the customers have to do is point to the tree they want and the workers will cut it down, shake it, drill it, bag it and tie it on top of their car.
“It is easier than it looks. A lot of little kids are amused by how the whole process works,” Orbeck said.
Every Saturday duing the season a horse wagon goes along the trails drops people off and assists the workers with carrying trees.
“It’s a good operation. The ownership is great, the workers are friendly, and the business is good,” Orbeck said.
The farm doesn’t only sell trees but homemade wreaths made out of the branches from their trees.
With the second weekend approaching Stadt gets ready for what could be the biggest weekend yet.