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Caden Ramirez, 6, and sister Aneline, 5, pull their freshly cut tree with Kelly Locke and Zach Alexander following at Misty Mountain Tree Farm in Loteta on Thursday. "[We came out] to carry on the tradition, its great for the kids too," explained Locke, "Its not the same as coming out here and actually having them doing the labor. It gives you a different appreciation."
Martin Rau and wife Janet have been running the tree farm since 1970 offering Noble Fir, Grand Fir, Shore Pine, and Bishop. They have close to 7000 trees with half ready for harvest. Hands saws are provided.
"There are places on this farm where you can see the surf and you can turn right around and see the snow on the snowcap,” said Martin Rau. "People come to get the trees that are the freshest, grown with the best care, and the experience of cutting their own tree.”
The farm is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information visit: http://www.mistymttreefarm.com/