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Oh, Christmas tree: Local farms experiencing brisk business
WEST NORTHUMBERLAND -- Well-known Canadian comedian Sean Cullen is among the thousands of customers who have visited KOL Tree Farms on the Oak Ridges Moraine south of Rice Lake.

He and his crew came out and shot footage for a CBC Christmas special a few years ago and they took about a half-dozen trees with them for the set, Mike Kol said during an interview.

Harrowsmith magazine has also come out to take pictures in the past, he said.

In 1986, Kol said, he traded in his three-piece suit for real work clothes after purchasing the 100-acre Christmas tree plantation that is located halfway between County Roads 28 and 18 (watch for the signs), with spectacular views as well as great trees. They include Scotch pine and two fir varieties, Douglas and the needle-retaining Fraser fir.

The latter is the most popular because of the aroma and because it leaves "no mess," Kol said. The tree's needles are blunt, not sharp ones that can prick when decorating. And because the tree holds its needles, Kol encourages people to plunk the trees in a snow back after the holiday season with suet to attract birds. It won't be until summer when the needles start to fall, he says.

Kol is just one of several area tree farms seeing a fairly brisk business this year despite last weekend's rainfall.
By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today, Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:00:00 EST AM
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