Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farms continues to be a holiday tradition for families

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GALIEN, Mich. -- It is the most wonderful time of the year. And speaking of time…there still is time to put up your Christmas tree ahead of the holiday.

“My parents purchased the farm in 1967, and in 1974 was the first year we sold trees and it was my mom in a snowmobile suit, a carpenter apron and a measuring pole taking money from people, and my dad taking people out to the field, probably sold about 100 trees back then,” says Kris Goodenough, Assistant Manager of Pinecrest Christmas Tree Farms.  

Since Kris Goodnenough’s parents first opened Pinecrest, the Christmas tree farm has expanded. Now, visitors can stop into the Christmas shop and enjoy free hot chocolate. Check out their wreaths, or even consider a ride on the wagon.

“It is pretty neat, like I said almost every day I will have someone come up and say my child I brought them here when they were 5 and we have been coming ever since and now their kids are 5 and watching the follow up generations come!”

While the farm might look different since its simple beginnings of 1974, the faces have stayed all the more familiar! The farm continues to be family run, with the same customers continuing this holiday tradition for the generations to come.

While visiting a tree farm only enriches the holiday experience, Kris explains it is also a way to support local and allow for others in the community to enjoy the holiday fun!

“That is one of the things that is nice about supporting a local farm, you are putting to work a whole lot of people in the area, so you are helping make it easier for them to have Christmas or thanksgiving or whatever by putting extra money in their pocket,” says Goodenough.  

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