By Janee Law
Farms and nurseries across the Town of Huntington have set up shop for holiday tree and décor seekers. Here are a few local spots open for business, just in time to deck the halls.
47 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
Established in 1924, Prianti Farms in Dix Hills began selling holiday trees in 1929 to offer families everything they need for the holiday season. Along with selling artificial trees, the 47 East Deer Park Road location offers a variety of real, pre-cut trees, such as Colorado blue spruce, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Balsam fir, Concolor fir, and Canaan fir. Co-owner Andrew Daniel said that the farm sells trees as big as 15 feet and as small as tabletops, for those customers looking to slim down the festive décor. Daniel said price ranges for trees are $24.98-$600, depending on the size, with tabletops costing $19.98. Shopping for holiday décor doesn’t stop there. Daniel, who co-owns the farm with Giro DiLillo, Sr., said they offer a wide variety, also selling wreaths, garlands, holiday lights and decorations, poinsettias, and more. Hours for the farm are from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday; and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday.
Tilden Lane Farm
48 Wyckoff St., Greenlawn
A family run business for 225 years, Tilden Lane Farm has been selling holiday trees the community for more than 75 of those years. The 48 Wyckoff St. farm in Greenlawn offers fresh cut trees from white spruce, Colorado blue spruce, Norway spruce, Fraser fir, and concolor fir. Owner Bruce Tilden said that this weekend will be the end of their season. “We found that in recent years more people are decorating and putting up their tree earlier than later,” Tilden said. “It used to be closer to Christmas, but we found that the closer you get to Christmas the slower the business gets.” Selling trees from 5 feet-12 feet, Tilden said that they lend customers saws so they can cut the tree themselves. “If they need help, we’ll help them but that’s part of the appeal is that they get to go out and yell ‘timber!’” Tilden said. Prices for trees are $70, and Tilden also offers handmade wreaths, freshly-cut holly and evergreen boughs, and kissing balls for $30, or $20 with purchase of a tree. The location also offers a kids craft where customers can make a pinecone bird feeder to take home. “We have people that have been coming to us for generations. It’s a tradition,” Tilden said. “You can go to any tree lot or big box store and buy a tree but at a cut your own farm you have the opportunity to walk around outside and choose the tree. It’s an adventure for the families.” Closed during the week, this is the last weekend the farm will be offering trees this season, with hours between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Oakwood Road Nursery
223 Oakwood Road, Huntington
When entering the parking lot of Oakwood Road Nursery, customers are greeted by a giant owl made from hay, with a sign that lists the types of trees the location offers. With their trees coming in from Canada, the Nursery offers trees like Balsam fir, Marin Blue Balsam fir, regular sheared balsam fir, noble fir, and Frasier fir. Estimated sizes are anywhere from tabletops, and three feet to 16 feet, with pricing depending on size and variety. Owner Donna Bemiss said that the location, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, also offers fully decorated wreaths from 12 inches-60 inches, pots of greenery, including magnolia, kissing balls, and more. “Everything here is hand decorated and the bows are handmade,” Bemiss said. “The quality is amazing and we make it an easy experience for everybody.” Opening its doors at 9 a.m., Bemiss said that Santa Claus comes on weekends to greet customers. The Nursery is open seven days a week and offers to stay open to customers until 9 p.m.
Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm
1500 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington
From selling pumpkins in the fall, Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm in Huntington also offers a variety of holiday trees for the holiday season. With trees like Douglas fir, Turkish fir, Frasier fir, blue spruce, and Norway spruce, the farm sells sizes from 6 feet-20 feet and is priced by the foot. Owner Lee Itzler said that along with trees, the 20-acre farm also sells wreaths and garlands to customers. For those looking to have the experience in cutting their own trees, customers must bring their own handsaw to the farm. In addition, the farm doesn’t accept credit cards. Selling trees for nine years, Itzler said that if customers want freshness and variety, then his farm is the place to be. For cut-your-own trees, weekend hours for the farm are from 10 a.m. to dark and then continues to 7 p.m. for pre-cut trees. Weekday hours are 3 p.m. to dark for cut-your-own trees, and to 7 p.m. for pre-cut trees. Santa also comes on weekends to get customers in the holiday spirit.