WEST CHAZY — Santa piled presents under artificial trees for Heather Wright and Rob Boire when they were growing up.
“I think that’s why I always wanted a real tree,” said Boire, bundled up against Sunday’s cold, windy weather.
They found it at Magee’s Christmas Tree Farm on Fiske Road in West Chazy.
Eyeballing the options as they drove along, Wright and Boire stopped just before circling back to the driveway. Walking through a patch of trees, the couple came across a mid-sized one tucked away in a corner.
Though average height, it was wide with no dead limbs or bare patches.
“The point was to find a relatively fat tree,” Wright said.
Cutting through the trunk with a handsaw provided by the farm, Boire hoisted the tree onto his shoulder to carry back and secure on top of his Chevrolet Tahoe.
The evening marked Wright’s first visit to a cut-your-own style tree farm. Though she had wished it were a bit warmer, Wright enjoyed the experience of searching for a tree in the wilderness.
“It’s much cooler than going to Lowe’s,” she said.
FUN IN THE FOREST
Operating since 1975, Magee’s offers roughly 5,000 trees for customers to browse through and cut down.
They are given a handsaw and sent on their way to walk or drive through the forest of balsam, blue spruce and Fraser fir.
Farm owner and operator Roy Magee said he thinks it’s the desire to walk through a forest that keeps customers coming back.
“They spend sometimes an hour, two hours here,” he said.
Maintaining his forest is Magee’s favorite part of operating the farm. A former electrical engineer, he said he had always wanted to be a farmer and enjoys spending his summers mowing and trimming around the trees.