Christmas on the Farm – 2015
Here at Oak Shade Farm we have been thinking about Christmas since early October — a trait tree farmer’s share with small children (and probably not the only one). Whether you are looking for Christmas trees, handmade gifts, holiday greenery or just a bunny to hold and some hot cider, we have lots in store for all Christmas visitors, new and old. In this post you will find the text of our annual Christmas flyer, which provides a good deal of information on the farm, including directions, pricing and a bit about what and how we grow.
Scroll down to read our 2015 Christmas flyer.
Our new sales building a Blue Ridge sunset
Oak Shade Farm
This is your invitation to visit our farm to find your perfect Christmas tree. This is our 30th 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 as well as Norway, White and Serbian 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 new sales building 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
- Jam, honey and beeswax candles
- One of a kind hooked rugs and weavings
- Gift baskets featuring our farm products
- A variety of hand-crafted gifts
Our White Pines are priced at $45.00, and the Spruces are $48.00. 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