My friend Kim shared a great tip on where to get a sustainably grown Christmas tree in SW Portland for an affordable price. We've never been the kind of people who tromp out to a snowy forest and slay our own tree. But this looks to be the place we will go from here on out. With hand-painted signs, 'The Little Forest,' is owned and run by an older gentleman who grows the trees on his land, using only rain and rain collected in barrels from his roof. He spent a good amount of time telling us about the trees, and little tidbits about the neighborhood. He said he's been growing trees for 20 years, and selling them for eight. Here's the info from a flier he handed us:
We grow our trees which come in all sizes from two to 12 feet. They are completely chemical free. We have U-Cuts and Pre-Cuts which are harvested several times per season. They are stored outside in water to assure freshness. Each tree has been carefully trimmed in early summer allowing time to heal and bud over before harvest. This assures a natural, unblemished appearance. All these trees should easily keep throughout the Christmas season, especially if watered which is recommended. Trees can be delivered if needed , and free cedar greens are available.
Open Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sunday 1-5pm. If you call ahead we will hold open for you: 971-570-7380. SW 57th Ave. off SW Garden Home Road in Portland.
I only wish we had brought the kids (and my camera)! It was just a lovely little lot with trees of many sizes growing in concentric circles around a huge cedar, and it's got a magical feel to the place. We wussed out over the weekend due to the rain forecast, but got a beautiful tree today while the girls were at school. I can't wait until they get home to see and decorate it!