- Published on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:29
- Written by Breanna Bright
One of the holiday season’s oldest tradition is the decorating of the evergreen tree, and Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson is keeping this tradition intact not only with a live Christmas tree farm, but a horse-drawn wagon to create the charm of an old fashion Christmas.
Picking out a fresh evergreen while riding in a horse-drawn carriage sounds like something you only see on a Norman Rockwell painting, and that is the atmosphere at Horse Shoe Pines. Teresa Meier purchased the farm with her husband, Steve, in 1981 before their first son was born. The first trees were planted in 1983, and a brand new tradition began, “We enjoy sharing our farm with our customers and being a part of so many families Christmas celebrations.” Teresa said, adding that their regulars include three-generations worth of Christmas tree-lookers.
What makes this Christmas tree farm unique is the horse-drawn wagons that carry customers to the tree fields, “We have had Belgian draft horses for over 30 years and they are a big part of Horse Shoe Pines,” Teresa said. The horses pull custom wagons that Steve and her sons built themselves, giving rides to the tree fields where patrons can handpick a fresh Christmas tree grown right on the farm, “We grow scotch, white and Virginia pines, along with spruce and fir trees. We also bring in firs that we can't grow here in Missouri and set them up in the fields so people can enjoy the ride to the fields to pick their trees. We have a crew in the fields to cut the trees after the families select the tree they want to take home.”
The entire farm is owned and operated by the Meier family, including Teresa’s and Steve’s three sons Adam, Ben, and Charlie. Daughter-in-laws and grandchildren have joined in the family tradition, working as busy as elves in Santa’s workshop for the holiday season. Teresa says family is the most important aspect of the farm, “We try really hard to make sure everyone enjoys visiting our farm. Everyone is welcome to a cup of spiced cider after their ride to the field, and they can warm up at the Christmas shop while enjoying browsing the shop.”
The Christmas Shop is a charming gift store on the farm to help decorate the new tree. There are plenty of ornaments, and wreaths handmade with fresh evergreen.
The tree field opens November 27 at 10:00 a.m. Carriage rides to the field take place each weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Christmas shop is open on the weekends with varying times.
Santa Claus will make a special appearance November 27 and 28, and December 4 and 6.