CHRISTMAS TREES 2013
PLEASE NOTE that this year (2013) our Choose-and-Cut trees are not mature enough to cut due to the drought four year ago. The baby trees we lost in the drought were the ones we would be selling this year. But please come see us anyway to enjoy your family on our attractions.
Rain or shine, come see us!
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
After Thanksgiving we are open every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) until we run out of trees.
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Mainstay Farm has fresh Fraser Fir in the Big Barn up to size 10-1/2 feet. All farm amusements and food service will be operating. "We provide an assortment of North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas trees that Marianna and I personally selected," said Jim Wilson. "We transport them just-in-time by refrigerated truck and irrigate-on-display in our 30,000 square foot Event Barn."
"Our imported Christmas trees are grown above 3,000 feet on the mountainsides of Ashe county, North Carolina, an area that receives on average 90 inches of rainfall each year," said Jim. "These trees are fresh, full of water, and beautiful. Find them displayed in our 30,000 square foot barn. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Come on out and have Big Time Fun!"
Mainstay Farm Choose-&-Cut Trees Not Available in 2013
Whenever North Texas experiences a summer without rain, our Christmas trees–– even though irrigated–– are stressed. Baby trees with shallow roots may die, and larger trees with established roots may live, but grow slower than anticipated. A drought one year will affect tree availability three or four years later. Marianna and I regret that Mainstay Farm does not have Choose-&-Cut trees to cut this year (2013). But, we do have pre-cut Fraser Fir from North Carolina in our show barn. Guaranteed fresh!
Each January we replant Leyland Cypress and Arizona Cypress. Mainstay has 6,000 trees under irrigation. Six years are needed to grow a full-size tree that is seven- to eight-foot tall. Our trees are grown on eight-foot rows and seven-foot spacing. The width is needed to mow up and down the rows. The trees are sheared twice each year to enhance their shape.
We use a computer-controlled drip irrigation system with miles of poly tubing. Water is purchased from Bethesda Water Coop. We water during the night to limit evaporation.
Mainstay Farm Christmas trees are individually priced in the Big Barn, starting around $42. Tree baling is free. Twine for tying your tree on your car or trunk is provided.
Payment choices are Mastercard, Visa, checks and cash.
During tree season, entrance to the farm is FREE and most attractions are also FREE. (There is a $2 cost to ride the Yee-Ha Express Train.)
Items available for purchase include trees, tree stands, wreaths, greenery, roping, food and gift shop items. Even if you are just looking for a fun family outing and you don't need a tree, we invite you to come. You'll find lots to do with your family.
Mainstay Farm attractions are open and operating during Christmas tree selling days. There is no gate fee during Christmas selling days.
New this year we offer The Flying Fox aerial runway, The Flying Cub ariel runway, Sheep Racing, Latvian Group Swings, and Amish Tricycles on a newly-paved track. We still have our popular attractions including Hay Rides around the farm, 3-story tree house, Jumping Pillow, Hay Play and Jump Barn, Pedal Kart Race Track, Wooden Maze, Color Maze, The Dig Tonka-World, The 100-foot-long Super Chute Slide, Little Farmer Acres, our 1960s Filling Station with ice cream, sweets and sundries....and our Yee-Ha Express Train ride ($2 for children, adults free).