Sunday, December 4 10:00
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
Sunday, December 11 10:00 - 7:30
1962 until 2009 when his thoughts turned to planning for retirement. In 2011 Toby & Cynthia sold much of their tree inventory toHighland Blue Ribbon Trees (HBRT) operated by the Charlotte White Center in nearby Dover-Foxcroft. In just two short years the folks at HBRT were cultivating quality trees and filling orders for the Hall's wholesale customers without a hitch.
Toby and Cynthia could see retirement approaching when their niece Abbey Bray decided she would like to see if she could merge
This children's book was researched and written by Ellen Bryan Obed who lives in nearby Dover-Foxcroft. After two years of visiting our farm, during every season, she wrote a book that truly appeals to "kids" of all ages. The bright, colorful drawings of the bugs, critters, flowers and weeds that want a Christmas tree enchant infants happy to sit on a comfortable lap. Each month a story is told about who wants a Christmas tree as it grows in the plantation. Factual information about life cycles and habitat are included. There is also a special section in the back of the book that explains, in the words of us farmers, the cycles of raising Christmas trees including scientific facts and taxonomy (genus & species names). We always have signed copies on hand and we hold book signings in the Christmas Store during the Holiday rush.
The Hall Family has been growing and selling Christmas trees since 1931! Toby and Cynthia Hall are the current owners of the farming business. Toby grew up on the farm with his parents,Donald & Dottie Hall and three sisters and one brother. He learned at a young age that there is more to farming than putting seeds in the ground and watching them grow. Not only is there a lot of back-breaking work but there are risks of crop failure when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. There are marketing risks when what
you have grown doesn't have a demand. A farmer can also count on
growing Christmas trees on the farm where she grew up with her own Spring-Summer-Fall New Leaf Gardening and Landscape Design business. She's now into her third season of co-managing the Christmas Store and has three plantations of her own to nurture as well as a nursery with thousands on tiny seedlings that will be ready to sell as transplants in just a few short years.
Colleen Pinkerton hard at work in the Christmas Store Workshop.
A fun book about our farm!
Hall's Christmas Tree Farm 816 Douty Hill Road Sangerville Maine 04479 207-564-3603
equipment breakdowns, not enough workers to help meet the planting, harvesting and shipping deadlines and having lots of bills to pay with only seasonal money available to pay them. Toby learned a lot from his parents and his Grandfather George Hall about farming and selling Christmas trees. He helped operate a retail sales lot in West Concord, Massachusetts from
Steph Panciera making ready to play a little Christmas music during one of her rare breaks.
Toby & Cynthia Hall
Christmas Trees and running the Farm Store with her landscaping business, New Leaf Gardening in Boothbay, Maine. She purchased and moved into her grandfather's house on the farm and began learning the business.Since Abbey moved back to Sangerville she has been sharing her enthusiasm and ideas which is bringing younger customers to the farm. New items and styles along with special events including Customer Appreciation Day.
Abbey Bray, Don & Dottie's granddaughter.
Celebrating 85 years in business in 2016!!
Stephanie Panciera and Colleen Pinkerton travel from nearby Monson, Maine to work in the Christmas Store each day. Steph makes wreaths, takes care of UPS shipping and Colleen's specialty is roping made from Balsam fir, Fraser fir, White pine and Cedar boughs.