Christmas, 2013

The holidays are here again and we are preparing for our December harvest. Our brave bunnies were born today and our farmer’s market is winding down. The season officially starts when the first tree hits the ground, which will happen this week when we begin making garland. We hope you are as excited as we are for Christmas to begin.

What follows is the text of our Christmas flyer, which will provide some information about our operation.

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This is your invitation to visit our farm to find your perfect Christmas tree. This will be our 28th 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 organically grown, hand-sheared White Pines, Norway Spruces and White Spruces this year. We will also have taller, pre-cut, individually priced Spruces grown by our children on their neighboring farms.

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 Spruce and White Spruce Christmas Trees
Christmas Wreaths
White Pine Garland and red-berry Holly bouquets
Our own Jams, Honey and Beeswax Candles
One of a kind Hooked Rugs and Handwoven Items
Felted sachets, Gift Baskets and other hand-crafted items

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. from Tuesdays to Sundays; we are closed Mondays. We open the day after Thanksgiving and close on Christmas Eve.

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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 grow without herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. 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

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Directions
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
www.oakshadefarm.net

Open Farm Days
Last year we had two Open Farm days, featuring beekeeping and shiitake mushroom culture, and we hope to do that again this year. We may also cover rug hooking, weaving, felting, and blacksmithing, depending on interest. Please opt-in to our email list when you sign-in this year if you’d like to receive once-a-month updates about Oak Shade Farm events.