We started a new holiday tradition a few years ago, buying our Christmas tree from the Candy Cane CHRISTmas Tree Farm at 4780 Seymour Lake Road near Oxford, Michigan. It’s an experience enjoyed by the whole family, as the perfect tree is selected from a large selection of different varieties and even some exotic trees like Korean firs.
My LinkedIn picture and Troy Patch blogging logo is a picture of me standing next to a Korean fir that was too tall for our living room. In 2012 we found one that was just the right size – we bought it in honor of our friends in Korea and pray for their country to be reunited in peace and freedom.
You can read an article I wrote: Michigan Analogy for Korean Peninsula that explains my views on communism and socialism. It discusses my visit to East Berlin in 1981 with a Michigan geographic analogy.
Someday I plan to write about my 1984 bicycle trip, part of which was behind the Iron Curtain, especially since I visited a Servas host family in Ljubljana, Slovenia (former Yugoslavia), where Melania Trump attended university. She speaks six languages, two more than I do. I later had interesting experiences in Croatia and Hungary.
About the Candy Cane Tree Farm
The owners, Frank and Cathy Genovese, started the farm in 1977. They use organic gardening principles and hand trim the trees on their farm. In 2003, they added living Christmas trees in pots for those who do not want to cut a live tree. The last three years’ sales have been so good that they have brought pre-cut trees in from another farm that also uses drip irrigation. The trees typically need eight years to mature, so this allows their smaller trees to grow to harvest size.
Awards won by the farm
Frank won Reserve Grand Champion at the 2013 Michigan Christmas Tree Association Contest. Frank and Cathy presented the Michigan Governor with his residence tree in 2014. Cathy won the 2013 MCTA Decorated Wreath Contest. Frank and Cathy presented the Michigan Governor with a wreath in 2013.
Coupons from the Candy Cane website
Print a coupon for $3 off any tree purchase from their website.
Here is more information summarized from their website:
- They will be open from November 19 through December 18 (call for tree availability after that). Open weekdays from 10:00AM – 5:00PM, 9 to 5 on weekends.
- Santa will visit on these dates: Nov. 25, 26 & 27, Dec. 3 & 4, and Dec. 10 & 11.
- Trees are sized up to 12 feet. Prices average about $10 per foot. Red tagged trees are $39.99 or less.
- They accept cash, checks, VISA, MC and Discover.
About their name
They picked Candy Cane because the “J” candy was originally designed to represent the shepherd’s crook. As biblical history tells us, the shepherds were the first to come and worship the baby Jesus. As children, both Frank and Cathy grew up with the manger scene at the base of the Christmas tree. The little manger scene, probably of dime store origins, became magical as they laid on our bellies as young children, contemplating the birth of Jesus in a stable because there was no room in the inn. There were the shepherd figurines lined up by the manger to visit the infant Jesus. In their hands were the crooks they used in the field to rein in the occasional renegade lamb. Thus, in the past century, this special candy shaped like a crook has come to be associated with Christmas.
They are aware that the use of the evergreen in seasonal festivities predates Christianity. Since the 1500’s, however, the evergreen has become associated with the Christmas season.
Today, they are delighted that many of their customers who hail from from a variety of cultures and religions choose to share their rich tradition of putting up a Christmas tree and sharing the love, peace and joy it brings them.
Candy Cane Tree Farm Supports
–Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan which provides over 40 million meals to the hungry of the five county area of southeastern Michigan, each year through over 500 area pantries and soup kitchens.
–The Christmas Spirit Foundation which sponsors the Trees for Troops program and other charitable endeavors. Frank and Cathy invite you to join them in supporting these organizations, if you are so inclined and able, by dropping a few dollars into the contribution can on the counter.
Last summer I gave a talk at work about my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. You can see the slides and the text of the talk. Below that there are also links to the presentation our USA Melting pot club gave to the Troy City Council.
Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the project and published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.
Dale Murrish writes on history, travel, technology, religion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.