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December 3, 2012

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Potter’s trees range from about $20 to $70 in price and about 5 to 15 feet in height.

Dan Hobbs, who, along with his wife, Nancy, owns Hobbs Hill Tree Farm in West Chazy, said he can never be sure what characteristics his customers will be looking for in their holiday trees.

Many people, he noted, seek out wide trees; though, some prefer slender ones.

“We have somebody that comes (every year) to pick the ugliest tree on the lot,” Nancy said.

The Hobbs’ have about eight to 10 acres of trees on their farm, located at 7286 State Route 22.

About 95 percent are balsam trees, Dan said, and the other 5 percent are spruce.

People can drive out on the lot and cut down a tree using their own saw or one provided on site.

Customers of Hobbs Hill pay $30 for trees up to 7 feet tall, and $5 per every additional foot.

Jared Smith, of Plattsburgh, goes to Hobbs Farm every year to pick out his Christmas tree.

Because he lives in an older home with narrow doorways and a lot of furniture, Jared noted, he chose a small tree this year.

“I was looking for a short, not so large tree,” he said.

In addition to the selection of balsams and spruces, Dan and Nancy offer customers complimentary hot chocolate and sugar cookies, which Dan makes himself.

“It’s a true mom and pop (business) because there’s just mom and pop working here,” Dan said.

Regardless of the size or shape of the tree one chooses, it’s important to ensure it is healthy and will last until Christmas, he noted.

One way to tell if a tree is in good health, Dan said, is to rub its branches through one’s fingers.

“If (a lot of) the needles are falling off, you don’t want to buy it,” Nancy said.

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