Jim and Kathy Dyer have been selling Christmas trees for over two decades. They say coming to their farm in Kersley, just south of Quesnel, is a tradition for some area families.
“We’ve got grown children who came riding around on a little sled 20 years ago,” Jim said. “Some families, the kids came small, just seven or eight, now they’re 27 or 28, bringing their own kids.”
A global pandemic isn’t stopping the 77 and 75 year olds from welcoming families back to their farm to pick up a tree in 2020, although there are some slight changes. Masks are required inside the gift shop, and there will be no outdoor bonfire to reduce gathering sizes. Not much else will change, as Jim said they have 160 acres for people to trek across in search of that perfect tree.
“There could be 20 people out there, and you wouldn’t see anybody,” Jim said.
They will still be giving out hot chocolate and hot dogs on the weekends, but only to be enjoyed outdoors.
The procedure is simple. Jim gives the customer a saw, and they have to go out into the plantation area to pick out, cut down and drag out a tree.
“A normal tree, eight feet tall, is $35, and that comes with all kinds of advice,” Jim joked. “The only reason people come back is they want to see if I’m still as miserable as I was last year, and the answer is yes I am.”
Jim added early sales have been strong in 2020, noting the benefits of having a living Christmas tree.
“An eight-foot tree has taken in roughly 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide during its lifetime,” he said. “Your average artificial tree lives six or seven years and goes to the landfill.”
Kersley Christmas Trees will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day until Christmas Day. Jim added no dogs are allowed in the plantation area — “no yellow snow,” he explained.
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