VIDEO: Christmas comes early and so do the trees in Clark County

East Fork Christmas Trees and The Tree Wisemans sell out of trees early

RIDGEFIELD — The days of families going out to get their Christmas tree just a week or two before Christmas are long gone. Here in Clark County, u-cut Christmas tree farms have been selling hundreds of trees a day since before Thanksgiving this year. 

We caught up with the folks at East Fork Christmas Trees and The Tree Wisemans to see how the season has been treating them. Since the weekend  of Dec. 5-6, both have sold out and now are only selling pre-cut trees, if that. 

The Tree Wisemans has been a staple of the holiday season in Clark County for decades, but is still seeing new customers each year. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Tree Wisemans has been a staple of the holiday season in Clark County for decades, but is still seeing new customers each year. Photo by Mike Schultz

Following COVID-19 guidelines both farms had to close down their free hot chocolate booths, but experienced few other changes. Both farms said the vast majority of their customers wore masks. 

The Tree Wisemans, founded and operated by Bruce Wiseman, has been a staple of the holiday season in the county for decades. This year they decided to open before Thanksgiving to try and slow the massive crowds. It didn’t have much effect, he said. 

Derek Aldrich trims the base of a tree at East Fork Christmas Trees, where the farm workers cut trees for customers. Photo by Mike Schultz
Derek Aldrich trims the base of a tree at East Fork Christmas Trees, where the farm workers cut trees for customers. Photo by Mike Schultz
Tyler Flanagan drives an ATV hauling trees at his father’s Christmas tree farm in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz
Tyler Flanagan drives an ATV hauling trees at his father’s Christmas tree farm in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz

Over at East Fork, Rob Flanagan has been building up his farm’s inventory for the last two years, but still quickly sold his available trees this year from his smaller plot in Ridgefield. 

Both Wiseman and Flanagan had important tips and tricks they suggested for keeping a tree fresher longer, especially if you hope to have it through Christmas. Watch our video to find out more, and be sure to follow both farms on social media to see inventory updates. 

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About The Author

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of WSU Pullman’s Edward R. Murrow College where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. He has won a regional Emmy and Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his film work. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife and son in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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