Sunday, December 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
“Jingle-bells, Jingle-bells, Jingle all the way,
Oh, what fun it is to ride a one-horse open sleigh…”
“Wait, mom, wait. What is a one-horse open sleigh?”
“Oh, well, I think it means that one horse is pulling a sleigh with an open top.”
“O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring…”
“Mom, what is a bellsonbob-tail?”
“Ummm…Well…Uh…I’m not really sure. You know what, let’s load up and go to Kaleidoscope Farms, I bet they’ll know there. They have horses and a sleigh with bells.”
“Alright mom, that sounds great!”
Kaleidoscope Farms offers all of the charm of an old fashioned Christmas, complete with a horse drawn open sleigh when the snow falls and bells ringing on their bobbed tails. The country charm is easy to see in the beautiful rural Hancock county setting for the farm and the rows of carefully manicured Christmas trees spreading out in every direction. After a pleasant winter stroll, guests are welcome to warm up in the cozy, wood-fired warm gift shop. There are ample shopping options along with hand made wreaths and greens, home baked cookies and cinnamon rolls and complimentary hot cider. And this year, for the first time, the Lima Beane Men’s Barbershop Chorus will be strolling the fields and performing at the farm on Sunday Dec. 2 to add an additional element of Christmas cheer.
“We want the people who take time to come out here and share the holidays with our family to find the wonderful Christmas atmosphere they usually can only sing about in all of the old Christmas carols,” said Dave Reese, owner of Kaleidoscope Farms. “Out here they won’t find a shopping mall or a traffic jam, just a simple country Christmas experience on the farm. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we’ll even have some snow for the horses to pull the sleigh.”
Kaleidoscope Farms offers 10 varieties of fir, pine and spruce trees, dug trees, tree delivery and plenty of decorations to Deck the Halls. Celebrate the First Noel this year with a White Christmas in the Winter Wonderland at the farm complete with Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, the Holly and the Ivy, and plenty of fun Christmas tunes sung in true barbershop style.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Kaleidoscope Farms Christmas 2012 tree crop is looking great despite the challenging drought this summer.
The sale-sized trees have deep, well-developed root systems that help them overcome short-term drought conditions experienced in much of Ohio this year.
“The trees weathered the drought just fine and the late rains through the fall have rehydrated the soils and the trees are doing really well,” said Dave Reese, owner of Kaleidoscope Farms just north of Mt. Cory. “If the dry conditions would have persisted through the fall we would have been concerned about trees being too dry, but the wet weather in the last couple of months really took care of that concern.”
The large trees are just fine, but the young trees on the farm suffered significantly in the dry conditions. A substantial portion of the trees planted last spring and the spring of 2011 died in the drought.
“Unfortunately we lost quite a few of our youngest trees to the drought this year,” Reese said. “We will have to make up for the losses by planting more, older seedling in the next couple of years. The drought was very tough on us, but it really did not have much effect on the trees that we will be selling this year. In fact, we may have the best crop of trees we have ever had for sale this year.”
Whether in a dry year or a more normal year, Reese does advise putting the fresh cut trees into water as soon as possible after bringing them home from the farm. They will take up a surprising amount of water, especially in the first few days.
For questions, contact Reese at 419-722-1154 or visit Kaleidoscopefarms.com.
Friday, October 26, 2012
|Champion Fir and Reserve |
Champion ove rall. Canaan Fir.
2012 Ohio State Fair
Reese entered a black hills spruce and a Canaan fir in the Ohio State Fair Christmas tree competition. Each was the champion in its category and the fir was the reserve champion overall.
“We have fun entering trees in the competition,” Reese said. “It lets us demonstrate the quality of our trees to the entire state and we enjoy the competition of it.”
Reese studies the trees in his 25 acres of production to find flawless examples to submit for the competition. He carefully trims each of the trees to attain the ideal conical shape.
“The State Fair trees we entered this year are both beautiful, but different,” Reese said. “The fir tree has a taller, more slender shape that really appeals to many of our customers. The incredible spruce had every branch in the right place to make it a little more curvaceous for those looking for a fatter tree.”
Kaleidoscope Farms had the Ohio State Fair Grand Champion Christmas Tree in 2004 with a white pine entry. For more information about the farm, contact Reese at 419-722-1154.
|Champion Spruce. This is a sample of the |
beautiful Black Hills Spruce we will have
for sale off the farm this year!
Friday, August 31, 2012
What is so scary about getting a homegrown pumpkin at a Christmas tree farm?
Well, nothing really, but it sure is a lot of fun. This year Kaleidoscope Farms will be open for a fall festival so customers can enjoy autumn on the farm.
Gourds, pumpkins, decorative pumpkins, Indian corn, baked goods, and honey made by bees right on the farm will be sold. Customers can have good farm fun with a pumpkin sling shot, smores over a campfire and wagon rides. This could also be a great chance to be among the first to tag a Christmas tree and enjoy some apple cider.
The fall festival hours are 10-6 on Sat. Sept. 22, 4-6 on Friday Oct. 5, and 10-6 Saturday Oct. 6.
You can come check out all the trees and new sections that will be open this season. Get a jump start and TAG your favorite tree. You must use a Kaleidoscope Farms tag, all others will be removed. By attending the Fall Open House you will get the first pick of Christmas Trees.
There are thousands of Fantastic Firs, Stylish Scotch, Wonderful White pines and Stellar Spruce trees to choose from.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
This Serbian Spruce has great new growth following the nice Spring weather. All the trees are busy growing getting their new growth. This summer all the trees will grow between 1-2 feet before we do our late summer shearing.
|Serbian Spruce, one of our Christmas Trees!|