MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There’s something about cutting down your own tree.
It’s an experience.
Just like the Fraser fir and balsam, the Wolcyn Tree Farm, and family, continues to grow.
“Eleven Wolcyns. Over half the Wolcyns in the world are here right now,” Ben Wolcyn said.
And so does the Christmas tradition of cutting your own tree.
“My dad started the business. He was actually a teenager when the business first started. He jokes with people and says he started it because he didn’t want to commute,” Ben said.
That was 45 years; four sons and six grandchildren ago.
“When Tom and I got married, it was very small. We sold some Christmas trees. His parents planted Christmas trees when he was 14 for a hobby. And he thought it could be a full time business,” Adie Wolcyn said.
Halfway between Cambridge and Princeton, Wolcyn Tree Farm – voted best in Minnesota – is 1,100 acres of Christmas cheer.
“We sell Christmas trees all over the Midwest. But most importantly right here in Cambridge, where people can come out here for an experience with their family, cut their own tree and make those memories,” Ben said.
People like the Carlsons.
“We’re going to cut a tree here,” the Carlsons said.
Who’ve searched for the perfect tree with their kids, and now grandkids, every year for three decades.
“The idea of going out to the farm and cutting a tree is one of the favorite memories. Whenever they’re home with us, that’s what they want to do. No matter the age,” the Carlsons said.
From the tractor ride out to the plot, to the hot cider waiting upon your return, the day plays out just like page from a storybook.
“No time is as traditional as Christmas time,” Nick Wolcyn said.
So, I decided to bring my husband Peder along, to start our own family tradition.
“Tradition is a part of the glue that keeps families together, that gives us things to talk about and celebrate. Things to look back on long after families have changed,” the Carlsons said.
Wolcyn Tree Farm is a beautiful, hour drive from downtown Minneapolis.
They are open daily starting Nov. 28, and offer hayrides on weekends.