2014-12-04 / From The Garden

Generations of Tree Farmers


John and his son, Ian, who flew in from California for the holidays to help his father with Christmas trees). John and his son, Ian, who flew in from California for the holidays to help his father with Christmas trees). Imagine being a 10-year-old boy or girl and your parents ask you to invite friends to play in the snow in winter. This day of throwing snowballs and making snowangels would be accented with a hot bowl of soup, a grilled cheese sandwich, hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies. This is where the magic enters in; your parents own a 50- acre Christmas tree farm filled with four varieties of spruce. You can chase around the trees, hide under them, or just kick snow along the path you would make with your feet.

Such a wonderland exists, in the form of Spruce Acres Farm on East Main Road, near the Middletown- Portsmouth border.

The farm has been open for several generations. The current owner, John Deveau, talks about his father and being a boy on the farm. He likes to share his memories of running among the trees with his son, Ian.

This farm is really a museum of fabulous Christmas trees of all ages. There are Norway spruce, red spruce, white spruce, magnificent powder-blue spruce, and Douglas firs. Huge 20-foot trees that are 50 years old find their way into lobbies of large corporations, while the smaller-scale trees find their way into homes.

Upon arriving at Spruce Acres Farm, park in the family lot. Make sure to wear rubber boots. The walk is not that far but it is a bit of a trek to the wonderland of trees. After you walk down the winding road, there is a clearing. It is fairy tale material. The perfect shapes of the trees are truly amazing. The large spruce and firs surround the smaller trees. The trunks are neatly trimmed for easier cutting. If you want to cut your own tree with a handsaw you can, but with supervision. It is far better to let one of the strapping Deveau lads cut it and take it to your car for you.

Trees are priced at $8 per foot up to 10 feet. Larger trees are priced by age and height.

–Cynthia Gibson

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