LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The holiday season is upon us. For many families, this means heading to the local tree farms and cutting down their own Christmas tree. First News at Nine’s Carla Rogner explains how some Christmas tree farms are handling the holiday season this different year.
Christmas has arrived at Curvue Hideaway & Trees where families have already started finding that perfect Christmas tree.
Brittney Malone, Curvue Hideaway & Trees Co-Owner said, “Everyone is just looking to bring joy to the year of 2020.”
Though much is the same.
“We will have a huge precut lot and then people can still cut down their own trees,” said Malone.
Brittney Malone, who owns the farm with her husband, says they’ve made some changes to keep people safe, like canceling wagon rides and asking families to keep their distance from one another.
“For people who don’t feel safe going into public or being around other people this year we have an online option so people can order their tree online drive up and we will bring it out to their cars,” said Malone.
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Over at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm in Elk Mound, Robin Scharlau, Pleasant Valley Tree Farm Co-Owner said, “We want to offer a good experience and the ability to make new traditions for families at the same time offering a safe environment for them to come out and enjoy.”
Scharlau is also adapting to COVID-19 by limiting how many people are on hayrides, moving snacks outside. Requiring masks inside and offering hand sanitizer.
Scharlau said, “For people who are really concerned, come in the morning or even on a weekday.”
At the same time, she says she wants to make the experience as normal and as special as usual.
We have the opportunity for families to come out and make memories in our tree field and at the same time be socially distanced,” said Scharlau.
Pandemic aside, the growers say it was a great year for Christmas trees in Wisconsin.
“We are looking at a good selection of trees this year. We have been very fortunate,” said Scharlau.
They are excited to welcome people out to reap the harvest.
Carla Rogner WEAU 13 News