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Not sure who is winning at this point Looey or the tree.

Any year I happen to have the fortune of being on vacation Thanksgiving week we venture to Huber’s Farm to cut down a Blue Spruce to decorate for Christmas.  We go on Black Friday but so do a lot of other people in what I assume is an attempt to avoid the crowds at the big box stores.  It’s always an adventure but the hot cider, cookies and fried chicken livers at the end of the day make it well worth the work.

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Looey would prove victorious in the epic battle of Man vs. Tree.

As you can see there are no power saws on this farm.  Just a dull buck saw and elbow grease.  If it’s muddy too bad.  If it’s cold you better wear a coat.  Today wasn’t that bad.  We had a little rain the day before and it was a balmy thirty-nine degrees.  Perfect tree cutting weather.

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After the hard-fought battle we get a tractor ride back to the market where the smell of hot cider, cookies and fresh-cut conifers linger in the air.

For anyone not local to southern Indiana Huber’s is a family run farm that has been here since the late 1800’s.  It’s a nice farm with different seasons that you can go out and pick your own produce off the tree or vine.  Obviously a big labor cost reducing practice but it is very popular and people from all over come and do it.  We seldom come for anything but trees but have picked an occasional pumpkin here as well.  They dropped us off in the area where the Blue Spruce and Norwegian Pines grow and left us to labor away on the trunks of our trees and then they kindly give us and our evergreens a ride back to the farmers market to pay and load our trees.

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This machine shakes any loose dead needles from our tree. Although from the look of our floor after putting it in the stand I don’t think they shook it long enough.

We drug our spruce off the trailer and paid for it then a nice gent took it to the shaking machine to remove a portion of the dead and loose needles out of the tree.  After a vigorous shaking the tree is moved to the wrapping machine to be bound with string to make it easier to carry and haul home.  It also makes it mush easier to fit through the door of our house than if we left it unbound and free to flop around and stab at our fingers.

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These guys are preparing to put our tree through the machine that wraps it tightly with string for ease of carry and transport home.

There is one thing to know about Blue Spruce trees before you go and wrestle with one in a field.  Looey and I like to refer to them as “the cactus of the evergreens” because that is what they are.  Their needles are needles and tend to stab more than other conifers that we have cut to be our tree for Christmas.  Leather gloves are recommended as well as long sleeves.

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Here comes the tree out of the wrapper. This gentleman ties the loose ends off and I grabbed and carried it the quarter-mile to the back of the truck for the ride home.

However these trees have a great smell and that very nice triangle shape everyone wants.  Blue Spruce are in our opinion the best shaped trees available with stiff limbs perfect for hanging ornaments on.

So head out today and cut down your own Christmas tree, drink a little hot apple cider and avoid the fist swinging crowd at the mall.  We hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and a merry Christmas.

Thanks for reading.  Be good.  God bless.

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