The Candy Cane Tree Farm, located off of Jefferson road in Lincoln, Delaware, has been a local holiday tradition since owners Nancy and Joe Sykes first started selling the iconic fir trees in 2007. Grown and manicured on site by the Sykes family themselves, the 2,500 trees that make up the farm are once again in season and ready to become a centerpiece for this year’s holiday in the homes of local families.
The land on which Candy Cane Tree Farm is nestled has been in Nancy’s family for generations, first being purchased by her mother and father in 1953. After Nancy married Joe Sykes, her mother decided to divide the original farmland between Nancy and her four brothers. The parcel of land that Nancy and Joe received hosted 20 acres and a chicken house. Thirty years of raising chickens and cows prepared the two for their next ventures as the owners of a Christmas tree Farm and Strawberry Patch.
In 2002 Joe suggested that the family start growing Christmas trees and with the help of their daughter Jodi and husband John Messick the crew planted over 2,800 seedling hoping to see them grow over the next few years. Five years later the Sykes family sold their first Christmas tree and continue to cultivate younger trees to ensure the longevity of the farm.
Since 2007 the family traditions has continued to grow as Joe and Nancy, now as grandparents, love to watch their grandchildren play among the trees searching for insects and birds. Nancy believes that choosing a real Christmas tree and the several elements of the tradition including picking out the family favorite at the farm, decorating the tree with ornaments and the smell and feeling it provides through the holiday is a feeling unique to the real tree experience.
“We have families come to the farm that hold hands and sing around their tree before taking it home, it is such a great feeling to watch,” commented Nancy. “The smell and the warmth of the tree in the home is unbeatable and we love to hear about people making the change from artificial to real trees.”
Among the trees grown on the Candy Cane Tree Farm are the Canaan Fir, Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir and Concolor Fir. The Douglas and Canaan Fir varieties range up to 7 foot and the Fraser Firs and Concolor Firs are smaller. Trees can be tagged in advance and the farm follows a “you choose and we will cut” format as saws are provided for those who would like to cut their own trees. The tree farm is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the weekend before Christmas. For more information individuals are encouraged to call NAncy at 302-381-6076 or visit the farm for themselves at 11219 Nancy Street in Lincoln, Delaware.
“It just makes me feel so good and I get goosebumps watching families pick out their Christmas Tree,” commented Nancy. “It is all about the kids at Christmas and families have so much fun together picking out the tree that will be decorated in their home.”