Another Christmas season is here and your tree is waiting for you somewhere in our fields! Warm up with a cup of hot cider after your search; hold a bunny, find some gifts, or get together for a Christmas group photo with the beautiful Blue Ridge behind you.
Beneath the picture of our old cabin and much older Chestnut oak is the full text of our annual Christmas flyer with details about the farm. But first, here are the answers to a few of our most commonly asked questions this time of year:
What kind of trees do you grow? Norway Spruce and White Pine make up the vast majority of our trees. We do not have Firs.
How much are your trees? Any White Pine is $40 and any spruce is $45. The price is the same for trees of any height.
What are your growing practices? We hand-shear our trees and we grow without man-made chemicals.
When are you open? 9AM to dusk every day except Mondays, from November 28th through Christmas Eve.
Do you sell wreaths/Christmas decorations/gifts? Yes to all! We offer a variety of evergreen decorations as well as gift items ranging from jam to weaving to ironwork, with something at every price range.
Where are you located? Scroll to the bottom of the page for directions from Warrenton and Culpeper. Our address is: 14455 Waterford Run Ln. Rixeyville, VA
Oak Shade Farm
This is your invitation to visit our farm to find your perfect Christmas tree. This is our 29th Christmas at Oak Shade Farm, and over that time we have made many friends. We look forward to renewing these friendships and to making many new ones this holiday season.
We have a good selection of hand-sheared White Pines, Norway Spruces and White Spruces. We will also have taller, pre-cut, individually priced Spruces grown by our children on their neighboring farms. All of our trees are grown without pesticides or herbicides.
Our greenhouse will be warm, and full of our farm gift items. Please bring young and old for a family outing, and remember to wear sturdy shoes and warm clothing. We will have bunnies to hold and chickens to visit, and cider, cookies and juice. You are invited to walk our forest paths, and to sit by our bonfire. If it is warm enough you might see our African tortoise. Items we will have for sale include:
- White Pine, Norway and White Spruce Christmas Trees
- Wreaths, garland and red-berry holly bouquets
- Our own jam, honey and beeswax candles
- One of a kind hooked rugs and weavings
- A variety of hand-crafted gifts
Our White Pines are priced at $40.00, and the Spruces are $45.00—these prices are for trees of any height. We provide free netting and tying-on for easy transport home
We realize that Christmas is a busy time, but we hope that you will come to relax and enjoy the outdoors, the beautiful blue mountain views, and some respite from the hustle and bustle of the season. Our farm is open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Tuesdays through Sunday; we are closed Mondays. We open the day after Thanksgiving and close on Christmas Eve.
About our Farm
We are a 23-acre, family owned and operated farm in the Virginia Piedmont, at the northern end of Culpeper County. Christmas trees are our main product, but we also tend several garden plots, an apiary, many shiitake mushroom logs, laying hens, and native plants. We use no herbicides or pesticides in growing our produce—our fertilizers are organic and our weeds and invertebrates are prolific. In addition to doing agricultural work, a few of us are artists or practice a craft, like weaving, rug-hooking or blacksmithing.
We have a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge to the west, with many sitting areas and picnic tables around the property. We maintain a walking path that loops through our beautiful woods, with informational signs at points of interest along the way. We built our farm to be visited, but we also work hard to maintain the seclusion and tranquility that was here before us.
We are small, but many-faceted, with lots to see and do. Bundle up, bring your family and join us around our bonfire sometime this holiday season.
-Jim and Sally Mello
From Warrenton – Take Route 211 west for about 8 miles to the intersection with Route 229. Turn left on 229 and travel about 6 miles to Route 611, Waterford Road. Go right on 611 for 1 mile to Waterford Run Lane on the right and come up the drive.
From Culpeper – Take Route 229 north through Rixeyville and across the Hazel River. Take a left on Route 611 and proceed 1 mile to Waterford Run Lane, and come up the drive.
Oak Shade Farm
14455 Waterford Run Lane, Rixeyville, Va. 22737
Phone: 540 937-5062