|In the spirit of Christmas, the eighth annual Christmas tree sale is being hosted at Heritage Park located in La Verne. The Christmas tree farm, located in the heart of an orange grove, offers weekend sleigh rides through the grove on a tractor. The farm orders 400 trees from Oregon which are sold to their returning customers each season. Trees will be available until Dec. 24.
It’s that time of the year again, the Christmas tree farm at Heritage Park in La Verne is as busy as ever after its opening last Friday.
The family-run farm offers some of the finest Noble, Grand and Douglas Fir trees.
“We like to call ourselves the Nordstrom of Christmas tree farms,” co-owner Robin Molina said.
“We have a small lot compared to any of the others around here, but our trees just got off the truck from Oregon so they could not be any fresher.”
The beautiful trees range in height from three feet to 11 feet, with one specially ordered 12 foot fir reserved for the City of La Verne’s Community Center.
The price of each tree ranges from about $50 to $160 depending on the height.
After eight years of serving the La Verne community, Molina estimates that 80 percent of her customers are return customers from previous years.
“We’ve been coming here for about five or six years,” said University of La Verne alumni Rochelle and Richard Espinosa. “They have a great selection, good prices and I think they give a portion to charity, so that’s why we come back.”
The family atmosphere is a big part of the Christmas tree farm at Heritage Park. Kids can run and hide between the tall trees or try to find their way through the hay stack maze.
Every weekend, a sleigh ride takes the children through the acre and a half of historic La Verne orange trees for $1. A pig and a dog wearing matching reindeer antlers attract the kids’ attention with their unusual and adorable friendship.
“The kids are a lot of fun to be around,” family worker Dorothy Molina said.
She comes from Arizona every year to help her son and daughter-in-law run the family tree farm.
The Molina family has plenty of experience with the Christmas tree business.
Robin Molina and her family lived on a tree farm in Oregon for four years where they grew, cut and prepared trees for the Christmas season.
Each tree is cut, immediately placed on a tree stand and consistently watered.
The tree stand can be purchased along with the tree for an extra $15 and brought back the next year to hold the next tree.
Adding to the experience of the Christmas tree farm, tomorrow there will be a snow day at the park.
The historic Weber House, located on the Heritage Park lot, will be open for free tours tomorrow also.
The tree farm is open weekdays from noon to 8:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Christmas Eve or until the 375 trees sell out.
Robin Molina understands the appeal of her family’s small, family oriented Christmas tree farm.
“You can just go down the street, pull in and buy a tree, but here the kids can play and it’s an experience.”
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