Agriculture and the rural character of Delaware Township significantly contribute to the quality of life here. As such, The Post is pleased to introduce a series of articles on farming and agriculture in Delaware. The Post will be visiting farms and farmers throughout the township to get a glimpse into the varied types of agriculture that make up the farming fabric of Delaware. We believe in supporting our local businesses, and, while we do not necessarily favor one business over another, we encourage you to support our neighbors too.
Since the Christmas holiday season is here, it seems appropriate to start the series with a posting about a farm that fulfills the needs of Christmas revelers – The Rosemont Tree Farm.
Mr. Duke Grimes started his tree farm in April 1982 on his eleven acre tract. Today, the Rosemont Tree Farm has about 9,000 trees on about seven acres. Norway spruce, blue spruce, Douglas fir, white pine, Scotch pine, and Canaan fir (a variety of balsam fir) are the varieties the Rosemont Tree Farm grows.
The farm is open Thursday through Sunday from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Mr. Grimes invites you to bring along your family and friends to help choose that perfect tree. You can roam for as long as necessary among the thousands of trees to find the right one. Once you’ve made your selection you can borrow one of the farm’s bow saws, cut down the tree, load it into one of their carts, run it through netting so it’s easier to get it into your house, load it into your vehicle, and then return to the farm shed for a cup of hot chocolate. If help is needed, there are folks available to help. All the trees, except the Canaan fir are $35 regardless of the size. The Canaan is $45.
According to Duke Grimes, people come from as far as Staten Island and Philadelphia to cut a Christmas tree. “They just enjoy visiting this part of New Jersey, shopping in the area or dining at the Rosemont Café.”
Although Christmas tree farming has a very short time of harvest, Duke and his staff work hard all year to assure a healthy and attractive stock. “The biggest problem we face is the weather and more specifically the lack of rain.” Also, transforming the stock into a Christmas tree requires significant work all year-round to shape the tree and correct its height ensuring a full tree with space enough to hang ornaments.
The Rosemont Tree Farm is located on Route 519 (the Kingwood – Stockton Road) about 0.3 miles north of the corner of Route 604 and Route 519. For more information, including tips about keeping your tree fresh through the holidays, visit the farm’s website at www.rosemonttreefarm.com