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Fresh Christmas Trees Are Here!

By Allison Burch, November 27, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Burch
Mother Nature is gearing up for a wardrobe change as we head into the holidays, and so are we! This year, as in years past, we're offering fresh Christmas trees in most of our stores*. Many will be Fraser Firs fresh from the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 10 miles southeast of Sparta, North Carolina, and grown by family-owned and operated Bottomley Evergreens & Farms. Did you know that Fraser Firs are one of the most popular choices when it comes to bringing home a fresh tree for the holidays? With a dark green color, full shape, classic aroma, and excellent needle retention, no wonder the Fraser Fir holds onto all that glitz and glam so well! What’s your favorite reason for choosing a real tree? I think mine is that a well cared for tree can last up to three or four weeks, and who doesn’t love having that smell fill the air? Check out this slideshow about the Bottomley farm:
Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Bottomley Farms has been in operation since 1991 growing Christmas trees, pumpkins and vegetables. When Mitchell Bottomley was a child, he and his grandfather spent endless hours each winter tying evergreen garlands to sell for a little extra Christmas money. After his grandfather’s death in 1990, Mitchell turned that side-job into a booming business. In 2000, Mitchell Bottomley and his family expanded further, setting aside a small space on their family farm for pumpkin fields. That little space amidst a sea of evergreen trees has since grown to some 400 acres planted with more than 14 varieties of pumpkins. We are big fans of the Bottomley family, and the trees they grow, but we would love to know more about your favorite Christmas tree source! Do you have a favorite variety or local farm? Let us know! We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season…and don’t forget to recycle your trees! *Bottomley trees are available in stores in our Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, North Atlantic, South, Midwest, Southwest, Florida and Rocky Mountain regions. Our Pacific Northwest region will have Bottomley's Oregon-grown trees, and small “table top” trees are available in several regions as well. Stores in Mid-Atlantic, South and Midwest regions will have trees from local growers as well. Northern California stores will have trees from Washington state.
Category: Holidays 2011

 

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jenny meyers says ...
hi, lovely looking trees...have not been able to afford a tree since childhood due to the ever increasing cost...but would love one this year for my son and the family gathering and you are our local store...how much are your trees? thanks jenny
11/27/2011 8:07:21 AM CST
Linda says ...
Are these trees pesticide free. I have been trying to find info on them. It seems that they are just a normal run farm, that uses harmful pesticides.
11/27/2011 1:52:05 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Jenny The best way to get the most accurate information regarding the price range of our Christmas trees is to reach out to your local Whole Foods Market store directly. The link below will help you identify their contact information and a Team Member there will be happy to chat with you. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
11/28/2011 11:33:03 AM CST
Shelly Niemeyer says ...
Are there wreaths and garland too?
11/30/2011 5:16:49 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Shelly Yes, there are wreaths and garlands in many of our stores as well.
11/30/2011 5:20:20 PM CST
Lisa Hammoudeh says ...
Do your stores in Arizona have trees?
11/30/2011 5:40:07 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Lisa Our Arizona stores do not carry fresh cut trees, but they do have smaller potted versions (1 gallon, 2 gallon, etc.) with Pine and Cypress varieties.
11/30/2011 5:45:24 PM CST
amy norris wenzel says ...
My concerns align with Linda's--I would love to support the farm and Whole Foods but cannot if the trees are not grown organically--Appreciate the info. ~ Amy
11/30/2011 6:00:04 PM CST
MOLLY PRITCHETT says ...
...SAW YOUR TREES THIS WEEKEND...THEY ARE THE BEST! FABULOUS!!! WHY WOULD ANYONE GET A TREE SOMEWHERE ELSE? ...AND PRICED MUCH MORE RESONABLE THAN MOST OTHERS IN THE CITY...
11/30/2011 6:56:13 PM CST
Linda says ...
I did contact the farm that supplies these trees to Wholefoods Market, they informed me that they do use pesticides on these trees. These trees are in no way chemical or pesticide free. This is a nornmal farm. I really wish that Wholefoods would consider in the future offering trees that are grown naturally and organic.
12/01/2011 4:23:35 AM CST
carbon tax says ...
Too bad this promotion is for the same pesticide-laden trees available everywhere! Fresh with pesticides? This is almost as bad as WF selling baked hams when processed meats link so strongly to cancer. http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltobias/2011/11/09/occupy-your-diet-a-discussion-about-food-health-and-kindness-with-dr-neal-barnard/3/
12/01/2011 7:32:20 AM CST
C.Kraft says ...
W-F should sell Christmas trees that are grown perhaps with biodynamic garding. I have NOT smelled a fresh Christmas tree in 20 years, once I bring the tree home (I guess it is all the chemical spraying on the trees). And it would be great it the trees were NOT trimed and shaped as they are growing. If the tress were NOT trimed and shaped the branches would be long enough to hang the ornaments and the tree would have their own individual shapes. Since the trees are trimmed during the growing process their shapes all look alike.
12/02/2011 11:20:04 AM CST
tiffany says ...
i'm with you linda! can't believe they're selling these trees. where do you live? i've found some organic tree farms in my area. i'll definitely be spending my money there instead.
12/02/2011 11:12:26 PM CST
paula says ...
I BOUGHT A WONDERFUL TREE YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY WOULD HAVE BEEN MY DAD'S 86TH BIRTHDAY. HE PASSED FROM THIS LIFE. THIS IS THE 2ND CHRISTMAS WITHOUT HIM. LAST YEAR I DID NOT DO A TREE. I SAW THESE BEAUTIFUL TREES AT SAM'S AND SAID DADDY HERE IS A TREE FOR YOU. MY FAMILY AND I WILL ENJOY THIS PRODUCT. CHRISTMAS GROWING UP WE ALWAYS GOT A LIVE TREE.THANK YOU FOR GROWING THESE WONDERFUL TREES. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
12/03/2011 10:13:53 AM CST
Andrea says ...
I love my little Bottomley fresh table top tree. I have bought one for the past 4 years now. Are they actually small trees or the tops of larger trees. Whatever they are I love them. Wish you could see mine all decorated. Thanks
12/03/2011 5:22:17 PM CST
Lisa says ...
Looks like many Wholefoods customers are telling you they'd prefer organically grown pesticide free trees (and expect that from Wholefoods) other than the conventional trees found everywhere else. I agree - when your stores makes that change, then I considering buying a Christmas tree from you. Otherwise, no thanks. Lisa
12/04/2011 7:36:18 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Linda and others: You are correct, Bottomley Farms sprays for Bosom Woolly Aphids three times in the lifetime of the tree. At this time, Certified Organic Tree production is very limited. But we would love to support organic trees and will continue to seek opportunities in this area. If anyone has an organic Christmas tree farm, let us know!
12/07/2011 8:55:45 AM CST
Kelly says ...
Thanks for a beautiful, fresh 8 ft Frazier Fir for only fifty bucks (Dallas)! I don't mind my tree coming from a conventional grower - I'm not going to eat it! And it's only in my house for three or four weeks. It smells divine, no sign of pesticide (and I'm very sensitive to that). A bigger toxic concern is the new car smell from all the manmade components in my car, or the household toxins in carpet, wallpaper, paint, furniture ... come on people and lighten up on Whole Foods for not having organic Christmas trees! If they did, they would be way more expensive and I probably wouldn't have been able to afford it. I'd have used my artificial tree from China ... talk about toxins ...
12/07/2011 9:34:27 AM CST
Connie Williams says ...
Do you offer table top trees?
12/07/2011 11:56:34 AM CST
limboland la la says ...
Darn, was thinking about buying your cute trees till I found out about the pesticides....
12/07/2011 11:33:10 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Connie Yep! Most of our stores will have small potted trees for your table tops.
12/08/2011 11:48:23 AM CST
ryan says ...
Do your trees come with the stand already attached?
12/10/2011 7:20:01 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Ryan It's not likely that the trees supplied at your store are available with the stand already attached. However, many of the stores are also selling tree stands and if the Team Members from the Floral Dept are not busy, they may be happy to help you purchase a tree and stand and attach the stand prior to taking it home. I encourage you to reach out to your community Whole Food Market to make this inquiry. The link below will help you identify their contact information. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores
12/13/2011 1:47:07 PM CST
Robin says ...
We would love to get a live tree, but we know that pesticides are used heavily to shape christmas trees. Are the ones sold at Whole Foods certified to be pesticide free?
12/16/2011 1:12:40 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Robin At this time, Certified Organic Tree production is very limited, thus we are unable to offer them. But we would love to support organic trees and will continue to seek opportunities in this area. If anyone has an organic Christmas tree farm, let us know!
12/20/2011 10:49:55 AM CST

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