A live Christmas tree doesn't have to come from the lot. Make your holiday grander and more earth-friendly with a tree fresh from the farm!

It's no secret that 2020 has been a crazy year for all of us. Nothing will raise your spirits faster than getting a tree and decorating your home for the holidays. Lucky for you, Maryland is full of tree farms. All you have to do is visit a farm, pick out your favorite, and cut it down. The tree farm will shake it, bale it, and help you attach it to your car, avoiding certain disaster. Here are four Maryland tree farms where you can get the perfect holiday tree while helping to support local farmers. 

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Gaver Farm | Mt. Airy, Maryland

Gaver Farm is a one-stop-shop for all your Christmas greens needs, even during COVID! Cut your own tree (ranging from $65 to $200 in price) from varieties like Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, and Scotch Pine. Step inside the wreath shop (masks mandatory), and you’ll find decorated wreaths, centerpieces, swags, and window boughs. Gaver also has a farmers market and bakery serving up goodies like hot donuts, pies, and kettle corn. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Nov. 27 through Dec 23, 2020.

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm | Union Bridge, MD

Clemsonville is one of the most affordable cut-your-own farms in Maryland! All trees are priced at $30, and that even includes the use of saws and twine. This Frederick County family farm is also known for its unique holiday feature, the Everlasting Tree. The “tree” is a 50-foot limestone rock formation in the shape of a Christmas tree, complete with a star at the top. The Clemsonville Tree Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning on November 27, all the way through Christmas Eve (or until all the trees are gone)!

Triadelphia Lake View Farm | Glenelg, Maryland

Located in Western Howard County, Triadelphia Lake View Farm is the perfect place to pick up a holiday tree. Unfortunately, visits with Santa will be limited this year due to COVID and the snack shack will also have limited hours. Tree prices range from $45 to $60 and include shaking, baling, and drilling. If cutting-your-own isn’t your thing, TLV also has some pre-cut trees available. The farm is scheduled to open near the end of November and will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Supplies may run short this year so call ahead before visiting the farm.

Pine Valley Farms | Sykesville, Maryland

Marking 43 years in the business, Pine Valley Farms has one of the largest selections of tree varieties in Maryland. Trees range in size from 5 to 12 feet tall, and availability is conveniently listed on the website. Be sure to bring cash or your checkbook, because the farm does not accept credit cards! Stop into the Christmas and shop the fresh wreaths and other holiday decorations. Located in Sykesville, Pine Valley opens November 21 for the 2020 season and will remain open daily, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thanksgiving Day, they'll be open 9 a.m.–3 p.m.