For as long as I've lived in Columbus, I've picked up my Christmas Tree from Oakland Nursery in Dublin. It's a great place to get a tree, but this year I was feeling the call of the wild. I wanted to do more than just pick a tree in a lot. So, after some research and this super convenient list of Central Ohio farms from 10TV, we found a place to cut our own tree.
Cackler Farms in Delaware is close ride from Columbus. We used the GPS, but if you just keep heading towards the dozens of cars on the road with trees on their roofs, you'll find it. After pulling in, a bevy of activity greeted us and we headed to a red barn and got our saw and sled from Bill Cackler. Being an overconfident man, I was thinking the sled was unnecessary, I'll just toss the tree on my shoulder and carry it back like my ancestors would have. Welp, that was before we got to the other side of the barn, past the food truck, kids play area and sheep and donkey pen and I saw acre after acre of trees. Maybe this sled would play a key role after all!
We trudged through the Spruces, the Firs and the Pines for close to a mile before finding our finalists. We found a winner and fired up the saw. It's a handsaw, so when I say fired up, that means I stretched my arm. Leaning under the Spruce, I started the back and forth motion and a couple minutes later (and some help from my fiancee), yelled timber to no one in particular and the tree fell. We loaded it up on the sled (thank goodness for the sled) and began the walk back. It was then when I appreciated the true size of the farm and how far we had traversed looking for our pefect tree. On the way back, we found a "little nugget tree" (her words, not mine) that my fiancee needed for her desk. She sawed it and carried and we had a baby tree to go with our granddaddy tree.
Cackler Farms also offers hand-weaved wreaths and intricate grave blankets. They plant 3,000-4,000 trees each year by hand! I could have spent an hour talking to Donna Cackler about the farm's history. She told us they planted the first trees in 1989 and it takes around seven years for a tree to mature. Our entire experience at the farm was magnificent, educational and warm.
There are still three weeks for you to cut your own tree! Consult the 10TV list above if you live in or near the Central Ohio region. If you're in another corner of the state, check out these links for where to cut a tree in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Toledo. Happy Holidays to all you tree cutters out there!