Ann Arbor Weather:
Thursday January 20, 2022
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Christmas Trees are Flying

Local tree farms see sales soar

by Trilby MacDonald

Published in December, 2020

Christmas tree farms are bright spots in an otherwise gloomy retail market this year. With most families sticking close to hearth and home, holiday decorating has started earlier and become more elaborate. Harvesting your own Christmas tree is an outdoor holiday activity that families can safely enjoy together, and they are coming out in droves to do just that.

The Urquhart Christmas Tree Farm is celebrating its thirtieth year in business with their highest sales ever. "This virus has been beneficial to the outdoor industry," says owner Brian Urquhart. Other farms, he says, "have sold everything in three weekends."

While families still select and cut their own trees, some of the details are a little different this year. The Urquharts are having patrons hike to the field and haul back their trees, rather than pulling them in a wagon by tractor, and have introduced social distancing measures including in-car contactless checkout, and. Families can also cut and pay for trees during the week when there is no staff. "People are happy to be outside," Urquhart says "We started to plant trees in 1983 and I thought it was a reforestation project, but my wife said no we're going to sell them! And this is our 30th year."

Another change: Urquhart and his wife, Sue, won't be handling the sales. "I had my 80th birthday a couple of months ago and this virus is dangerous for people our age so we're laying low this year," he explains. Instead, they have thrown the reins to their children, grandchildren, and their significant others. "It's going great," he says. I'm very very happy to see the whole family involved and I assume that will take its course and they will take over completely soon.

Urquhart's Christmas Tree Farm

10050 Jerusalem Road, Chelsea, MI 48118


(734) 433 - 8733


Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Westman's Christmas Tree Farm in Dexter is also having a

...continued below...

spectacular year "We have been overwhelmed with the community support," owner Tammy Westman says. "Our business was up 200% on Thanksgiving weekend when many of our fir trees found wonderful homes. We still have lots of spruce varieties available.

"We usually don't sell out of species. but this year we have, due to many new customers who have never had a live tree coming out and enjoying the magic of the tree farm." For elderly patrons and for those with health concerns, they are offering hours by appointment. And, Westman says, "we still plan on being open until Christmas Eve, as we have always done."

Westman's Christmas Tree Farm

8000 Chamberlin Road

Dexter, Michigan 48130

734-426-2476 (Recorded information)

734-646-7062 (Bill's Cell phone)


Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m.. - dark.

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - dark.

Other hours by appointment     (end of article)

[Originally published in December, 2020.]


Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Nightspots: Bel-Mark Lanes
The U-M Now Has 50,000 Students
And for the first time, most aren't from Michigan.
James Leonard
One of the Best Marine Engineering Departments?
Question Corner: December 2021
Tim Athan
The Howard Effect
Juwan Howard's team shocked the pundits last year. Now they may be overcompensating.
Craig Ross
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
American Rescue Plan
The city and the county are getting almost $100 million from Washington. What will they do with it?
James Leonard
The Eyesore on W. Washington
The old road commission site is once again in play
Grace Shackman
Ann Arbor, by Sam Cain (Age 13, Demarest, Nj)
Charter Changes
In a record turnout, voters approved best value purchasing and ranked-choice voting
James Leonard
Dozer Coffee Joins the HOMES Taproom
Tommy Kennedy expands his beverage portfolio.
Micheline Maynard
west end grill