Choose-and-cut Christmas trees in Sonoma County Shopping for a Christmas tree should be fun, but crowds at busy BayArea tree lots can detract from the pleasure. Consider heading toSonoma County, where some 50 farms let you select and cut the tree ofyour choice. Most are concentrated in or near Petaluma, Sonoma, and Sebastopol,with a few around Healdsburg. You can reach the first of these in lessthan an hour from San Francisco via U.
S. 101. Make a day of it. The rolling hills should be carpeted with greenfrom fall rains; the weather can be brisk and startlingly clear. Sonomaalso boasts a wealth of wineries for tasting and parks for picnicking.
Some of the farms sell several different kinds of tree, among themBishop and Monterey pines, Douglas fir, and sequoia; they also supplythe saws. A few have animals for children to visit, or sell juices,fruit preserves, wreaths, and ornaments. Prices for trees should be $18to $24 for sizes up to 12 feet. Go soon; most farms are small and sellout quickly. A free map from Sonoma County Farm Trails pinpoints 20 tree farmsand includes addresses, telephone numbers, and hours. It also listsnearly 150 businesses, including apple growers, nurseries, wineries,cheese and sausage shops.
For a copy, send a stamped, self-addressedbusiness-zie envelope to Sonoma County Farm Trails, Box 6674, Santa Rosa95406. California Christmas Tree Growers has a free brochure listing 11members in Sonoma County. For a copy, send a stamped, self-addressedbusiness-size envelope to Box 1752, Lafayette 94549. (The brochure liststree growers in 30 northern California counties.) Or, as you’re out driving, watch along U.S. 101, statehighways 37 and 6, Sebastopol Road, and Guerneville Highway for signs totree farms. Photo: Tractor-towed trailerful of children heads into 6-acre farmin Sonoma County to look for just the right Yule tree