Mistletoe Tree Farm is only open as a u-cut Christmas tree seller for 10 days out of the year, but each of those days is packed with families coming to the rural Chehalis farm from across the region not just buying a tree, but enjoying the holiday experience farm owners Pat and Missy Murphy take great care to provide their customers.
“We’ve always taken pride in having fresh, green trees,” Pat Murphy said of one of the reasons for Mistletoe Tree Farm’s short season.
The other, he said, is managing inventory on the farm so they can preserve the land and maintain the operation for years to come.
Customers have the choice of cutting their own tree on the farm or picking out a fresh, pre-cut tree in the restored barn, which also displays 90 hand-decorated wreaths and a collection smaller “gnome trees.” True to the name, gnome trees are small pre-cut trees dressed up as gnomes, complete with sunglasses and potato noses.
“They’ll all be gone by next weekend if not sooner,” Murphy said of the wreaths and pre-cut options on Nov. 25, the farm’s first day of the season open to the public.
Whether customers prefer to head out into the mud to chop down their own tree or to stay clean and dry by picking out a fresh, pre-cut tree in the barn, families get access to a toasty fire pit and hot cocoa. Buckin’ Beans also has a stand on site with seasonal Christmas specials for sale.
“We’ve got to keep the old Christmas tradition alive,” Murphy said.
Pat Murphy bought the barn and the land west of Chehalis that became Mistletoe Tree Farm about 32 years ago, with Missy joining the business after the two married about 27 years ago.
Pat Murphy had initially planned to start a farm in Winlock, but bought the property west of Chehalis after he struggled to find suitable land for sale in Winlock.
“I went to school in Adna and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” he said.
The barn itself was built in 1949 as part of a cattle facility and was being used as a mini-storage business when Murphy bought it in the late 90s.
“It was a creative purchase for 2,500 bucks,” Murphy said. “Nobody gave us anything. We just worked for it and made it ourselves.”
Mistletoe Tree Farm attracts its customers primarily through word of mouth, as most of its customers are families who return year after year.
“Christmas time is a happy time here,” he said.
If You Go
Where: Mistletoe Tree Farm, 268 Stearns Road, Chehalis
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 4. Santa is visiting on weekends 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More info: Visit Mistletoe Tree Farm on Facebook