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Fresh Christmas Trees Are Here!

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.

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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.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

Connie Williams says …

Do you offer table top trees?

says …

@Connie Yep! Most of our stores will have small potted trees for your table tops.

Shelly Niemeyer says …

Are there wreaths and garland too?

paig292 says …

@Shelly Yes, there are wreaths and garlands in many of our stores as well.

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.

ryan says …

Do your trees come with the stand already attached?

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@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

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.

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.

Lisa Hammoudeh says …

Do your stores in Arizona have trees?

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

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...

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/

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.

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 ...

limboland la la says …

Darn, was thinking about buying your cute trees till I found out about the pesticides....

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?

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!

Megan says …

@David Products vary from store to store, so your best bet will probably be to check with the floral department at thes store you purchased the tree from. Thanks! I hope your tree does well!

David says …

I have a question about the trees -- i bought one of the small cypress ones from Whole Foods and i am getting ready now to transplant it to a bigger pot! It's doing great, but does anyone know the variety it is or the species? Once i know that i can determine how much to water and fertilize -- and how big it will get too. Thanks!!

Sasha says …

What's the prices of your trees??

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SASHA - The trees we have for sale at each location are going to vary in vendor, therefore varying in price. I would suggest reaching out to the store where you plan on buying your tree for a price quote.

Phil says …

Like many others who have posted, I too was hoping these trees would be organic. There are a couple organic growers in California - Black Road Xmas Tree Farms in Los Gatos, and Silvertip Tree Farm in North Fork, CA. Silvertip will even ship their trees via UPS!

MV says …

Does your store in LaVista (Atlanta) carry small potted real christmas trees, so I can replant later? Thank You!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MV - Our tree options will vary between locations. I would call the Atlanta store directly to see what they have in stock.

Tatanya says …

Do you know the source of San Rafael's Whole Foods Christmas trees? - I was told they came from Oregon with no flame retardent and likely were pesticide free as they were a very sustainable farm, yet my throat is sore immediatley I got the tree in the car ,last year both I and my 2 yr old daughter got very sick from our regular bought christmas tree ( never considered pesticides on trees as I grew up on a farm where we never sprayed them). There is a pesticide free farm in petaluma - //www.littlehillschristmastree.com/about.html. I am sure you could google more of them and suggest the smaller farms get a consortium together to deal with a huge account like whole foods: These are two great resources for organically grown produce and trees the first is "naturally grown" very similar standards as organic, the second is organic http://www.naturallygrown.org/;http://www.localharvest.org/

Drake Miller says …

I purchased a tree from the Whole Foods Market Street Location in early December of 2013. I took it home and put it into the stand with water and within a week it was DEAD! I believe that just like Home Depot and Lowes, Whole Foods buys truck loads of trees that are cut sometime in late October and shipped to distribution centers where they are trucked to the stores. This means that the tree you are purchasing was cut 4 to 5 weeks before it hits the store. Fresh Trees, thats a laugh. I took the tree back and told them how unhappy I was and they refunded my money back. I went to Sundance Christmas Trees at 14th and Mission and bought a beautiful Fresh Cut Tree that lasted well into early January, 2014. I paid more for it, but it was worth it.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DRAKE - My apologies about your tree last year. You can always let the store know in the future, they would love the opportunity to make it right!

SHANE says …

DO YOU GROW YOUR TREES IN COLORADO THAT YOU SELL WITHOUT CHEMICALS? INC. BUT NOT LIMITED TO PESTICIDES, ETC.?

Laura Huddlestone says …

Are Christmas trees in at the Lafayette CA store? Thank you, Laura

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LAURA - I just spoke with the store and they do currently have trees in stock. They are running a bit low so you can always give them a call at 925.284.5305 to make sure they have some in before you head over.

Nanci Berry says …

Im looking to purchase a tabletop christmas tree in Southglenn,Colorado.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NANCI - We have a store located in SouthGlenn that might still have table top options in stock. I would suggest calling them at 303-996-3660 to make sure they still have some before you head over.

Jeannette Switzer says …

What varieties of Christmas trees are available? Price by height? Do you deliver trees? Thanks, Jeannette

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JEANNETTE - Our exact options will vary. Most stores will have a variety of options from table top size to full 7ft trees. Check with your store for details on delivery as well.

s wright says …

Do you have the same special on xmas trees on Friday as Coddingtown does? thank you

Shannon says …

Do you tie them to the car? I thought that was an obligatory part of tree buying until I bought at a grocery store last year and they didn't have the expected helpers. Some random guy helped out with twine we bought. Same store had tons that never sold.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@S & @SHANNON - Our exact options will differ between stores, check with your local store to see what they have to offer.

Dennis says …

Found a beautiful tree today at your store in New Orleans. Went to customer service and paid for it. Went to the back to pick it up, only to be told that they are out of netting and had no way to wrap the tree. Went back up front for a refund. Not feeling very merry right now.

wc says …

The harmful pesticides are causing cancer in the people of Appalachia. Also, the pesticides are running into the water and polluting the wells. Care for the people of Appalachia and don't buy Christmas trees that are treated with harmful chemicals! The tree farmers (much like the coal companies) are getting rich and the hardworking, beautiful people of Appalachia are once again getting hurt. Preserve this beautiful region and care for these amazing people by refusing to be a part of the problem. Have a Merry Christmas with an organic tree, or a decorated plant.