ELEVA, Wis. (WEAU) -- On August 17th, the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association holds its 63rd Annual Summer Convention. The timing may seem odd, given the fact that Christmas is still four months away, however, work on the farm never ends when it comes Christmas trees.
“We are planting our seedlings, transplanting them into our transplant bed and we’re taking some of those transplants into the field,” said Lowes Creek Tree Farm Owner Therese Olson.
Therese and her husband, Tim, are no strangers to the Christmas tree crop. They’ve been working the ground at Lowes Creek for the past thirty years.
“We began to learn about Christmas trees, Evergreens, the production of them, Wisconsin climate and Wisconsin soil,” Therese said while discussing what it was like to start their business.
When temperatures drop, business picks up for Therese and Tim. Obviously, winter is their busy season as people stop by to pick-up and cut down their own tree. But, Tim and Therese’s tree farm isn’t the only one in the state. In fact, the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association reports about 950,500 Christmas trees are harvested every year in the state. And, when you consider the National Christmas Tree Association puts the average cost of a real tree at about $50, Christmas trees are a nearly $49-million dollar crop annually in Wisconsin.
While Christmas is when the money is made, spring and summer are when the work is put in.
“Just this morning, Tim was out there doing some trimming on some of our Frazier’s,” Therese said.
For Therese and Tim, starting their farm decades ago wasn’t just about the profit, they had a dream of transforming the landscape.
Therese added, “We both love plants, we both love nature, and we saw this as our livelihood and the legacy that we’ll leave as stewards of this land.”