Christmas tree farm in Rice setting ‘Golden’ standard for over 50 years
Customers heeding the sign follow a driveway to a barn in a yard full of wandering chickens, cats and a stout little dog. The business operates out of a small red shack containing a cash register, heater and just enough room for the owners, Mr. Gerald Golden and his wife, Katie to make wreaths.
Beyond the shack lies over 400 acres of pine, spruce and fir.
“You don’t smell it anymore,” Katie said.
Although the air is bright with the sharp scent of evergreen, the Goldens no longer notice after more than 50 years of running the farm.
Gerald’s father was the first in the family in the Christmas tree business, and started growing trees for sale after noticing how much money others had made from cutting and selling wild trees.
Trees on the Golden farm aren’t far from wild themselves, as Gerald still grows his crop the old-fashioned way, without complex irrigation systems or other technology.