Midwest growers from one of the regional associations, the Mid America Christmas Tree Association, shared some of their most popular activities; Bill & Hazel Redman of Whispering Hills Tree Farm in Irving, Illinois.
"We're a small grower, said Hazel Redman
...Retired from the Army National Guard and the State of Illinois, Department of Corrections as a food service manager in a prison, Bill and Hazel, just retired from The Kroger Company, bought land in the country to "get out of town."
Bill's friend, a forester, visited one day, whipped out his
calculator and asked, "Why don't you sell Christmas trees?"
"Our customers come back for special hand-drilled trees to fit in them," said Hazel
.Three website listings help a lot, too, including the one with the NCTA."We get calls from 250 miles away," explained Hazel
For more information, contact Bill & Hazel Redman
at Whispering Hills Tree Farm
, 15073 Seven Sisters Avenue, Irving, IL 62051.Call: 217-533-4382 (ph).Contact the NCTA at National Christmas Tree Association 1000 Executive Parkway, Suite 220, St. Louis, MO 63141-6372.
Call: 314-205-0944 (ph); or 314-576-7989 (fax).Visit them online at www.realchristmastrees.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org