With less than a month to go until Christmas, many people will be going down into their basements or up into their attics to set up their artificial tree for the holiday season.
For those people brave enough to want to cut down their own real trees, the NJ Department of Agriculture has put together a list of local farms that have plenty of options from which to choose.
The lists are broken down by county; and here in Monmouth, some of the most popular tree spots are in Lincroft, Colts Neck and Farmingdale. For more information check out the list below.
Lincroft Christmas Tree Farm, Lincroft
732-747-4381 ... 523 Newman Springs Road (Rte. 520) ... 3/4 mile west of the Garden State Parkway, Exit 109 on Route 520 (Newman Springs Road).
Species ... 600 trees; blue spruce, Douglas fir, Fraser fir
Open ... 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends), Nov. 23 to Dec. 23
Meadowview Farm, Farmingdale
732-938-7181 ... 60 Birdsall Rd. ... 1/2 mi. south of Farmingdale on Rte. 524, left onto Birdsall Road. Travel to the first farm on the left after the bridge. (Opposite Cruz Farm Golf Course)
Species ... 400 trees; blue spruce, Norway spruce, white spruce, Douglas fir, Fraser fir
Open ... 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weekends only), Nov. 24 to Dec. 23
Visit the Web site at www.meadowviewfarmsnj.com
Towering Pines Farm, Aberdeen
732-583-6436 ... 329 Wilson Avenue ... Route 9 north or south toward Old Bridge. Take Ticetown Road exit, going east for three miles. Cross over Greenwood Road at stop sign. Travel to second driveway on the right after the bridge.
Species ... 200 trees; blue spruce, Norway spruce, white spruce, Scotch pine
Open ... 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays), Dec. 1 to 23. Firewood available
Woodfield Christmas Tree Farm, Colts Neck
732-542-7672 ... 164 Rte. 537 E ... Rte. 34 at Colts Neck light. Take Rt. 537 east 1l/4 mi. to farm (across from Eastmont Orchards).
Species ... 500 trees; Norway spruce, white pine, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Scotch pine
Open ... 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (weekends only), Nov. 23 to Dec. 23.
Anne Ellen Christmas Tree Farm, Manalapan Township
732-786-9277 ... 114 Daum Rd., Manalapan ... Garden State Parkway Exit 123 to Rte. 9 south to Gordon's Corner Road exit. Make a right onto Tennent (5.4 mi.) to Daum Road. NJ Turnpike Exit 8, Rte. 33 E (7.9 mi), left on Woodward Road (.4 mi.). Make first left onto Daum Rd.
Species ... 3,000 trees; blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Douglas fir, Fraser fir
Open ... 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daily & weekends), Nov. 17 to Dec. 23
Visit the Web site at www.anneellenfarms.com
Bullock Farms, Cream Ridge
609-758-8726 ... 83 Emleys Hill Rd. ... From I-195, Exit 16, take Rte. 537 W past Great Adventure. Make second right onto Emleys Hill Road. Travel approximately 1½ miles to farm on right.
Species ... 800 trees; blue spruce, Norway spruce, white pine, Douglas fir, Concolor fir, Canaan fir
Open ... 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wed - Sun), Nov. 23 to Dec. 23
Visit the Web site at www.bullockfarms.com
English Tree Farm, Howell
732-938-6348…251 Oak Glen Rd…From Route 9 to Aldrich Road, east to Oak Glen Road. OR from Herbertsville Rd. to Maxim-Southard Road to Oak Glen Rd.
Species…750 trees; Norway Spruce, White Pine, Douglas-fir
Open…12-5 (weekdays), 9-5 (weekends), Nov. 24 – Dec. 24
Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, Allentown
609-259-0720 ... 848 Rte. 524 ... I-195 to Exit 8 (Hightstown/Allentown exit). Turn onto Route 524. Farm faces I-195.
Species ... 1,000 trees; blue spruce, Norway spruce, white spruce, white pine, Douglas fir, Concolor fir, Fraser fir, Canaan fir
Open ... 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily & weekends), Nov. 17 to Dec. 24
Visit the Web site at www.keristreefarm.com