Pick Your Own Christmas Tree in Rhode Island
Local farms provide the full tree-tagging experience.
Rhode Island has more than two dozen Christmas trees farms, many of which allow you to select and even cut your own tree. At some farms, you can tag early in the season and come back later.
For tree farm patrons, buying that special fir isn’t like picking up a carton of milk. “It’s an experience, not an errand,” says Eric Watne, president of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association (RICTGA). Some families spend hours browsing through trees, and even take their holiday photo at the farm.
“We grow plenty of trees in Rhode Island,” says Watne, so forget about choosing a spruce trucked in from hundreds of miles away. Buying from a farm supports local agriculture and is ecologically sound (many municipalities even pick up discarded trees after the holidays for mulching). The RICTGA site lists local farms by name and region, and provides info on extras like sleigh rides and Santa visits. richristmastrees.com
Clarks Christmas Tree Farm, Tiverton: One of the state’s oldest tree farms, Clarks’ picture-perfect barn is one mile from Four Corners. Clarks also sells locally produced honey, jam and eggs, and has chickens and goats on the premises. clarkschristmastreefarm.com
Bedrock Tree Farm, Wakefield: Bedrock is known locally for its thirteen acres of trees. Outside Rhode Island, it is famous for its fir-needle soaps and candles, which are sold in more than 900 stores nationwide. bedrockfarm.info
Seven Cedars Christmas Tree Farm, Smithfield: Sure they have Christmas trees, but there’s also a winter market and a caroling hayride with hot chocolate and cookies.
Tree buying tips:
- Don’t go too big (a tree looks smaller outside than it will in your living room).
- If purchasing a tree on a very cold day, don’t bring it into a warm house immediately.
- If properly watered, most firs will last six to eight weeks indoors.
- Don’t wait too long to buy; some farms close early so as not to deplete their stock of trees for future years.