“We don’t sell trees,” explains Charles Albert Reichheld III, Ph.D, who locals affectionately know as “Doc,” of the Medina Christmas Tree Farm. “We sell a Christmas experience.”
For decades, locals have been visiting this magical farm in anticipation of the holiday season. It has become a tradition to stop by the dreamy, snow-covered farm nestled away on Hamilton Road each holiday season. And why wouldn’t it be? Read the next paragraph and close your eyes. Go ahead and dream, I’d like to paint a picture for you.
“We help people establish a tradition,” explains Doc. “It’s all about having fun and building a memory that will last a lifetime.”
A visit to the farm will engulf you in a selection of premium trees. You can select a tree straight from the field, or choose from a pre-cut section brought in by other local farmers. The trees range up to fifteen feet in height, offering an impressive selection that caters to everyone’s holiday needs.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re Paul Bunyan or the highest paid individual at the office,” says Doc, allowing his tone to change to reveal humor. Doc is a Professor Emeritus of Economics, and as he speaks, he eloquently weaves a yarn that instantly captivates. “Your Christmas tree is special. It’s going to be on show, so it should look great and you should love it. Whether you are looking for a pine, spruce, or fir, an experience hand-selecting your tree is truly unbeatable.”
The farm can trace its beginnings back to 1980, when Doc and his brother Fred decided that they wanted to begin making holidays a bit more magical. Today, the farm actually spans several lots, many of which contain a fascinating collection of local history. The main part of the farm, located at 3301 Hamilton Road, is part of the original Deis family farm and dates back to the early 1800’s. A neighboring lot on Hamilton is part of the Blakesley, now known as the Butler, Farm, which traces its roots back to circa 1837. These farms are two of the earliest pioneer farms in Northeast Ohio, and their legacy is honored today with a different type of agriculture.
“What is interesting about trees is that what is right for one person may not necessarily be right for the next,” explains Doc. “There are so many different kinds of trees, and we grow a number of different varieties to cater to different tastes. Fraser Firs are the most popular trees. Their needles are a bright dark green, and their undersides reflect a silver hue. We grow Canaan Firs, which are a lovely blue-green with soft needles. White pines are fast growing trees, and they produce long, soft needles. But there was a time when I liked Blue Spruces best. Their needles may grow in a silver blue, and the distribution of branches provides the perfect spaces to hang and display ornaments. No matter what you choose, the most important thing is that you leave with a smile and a warm glow.”
The festivities begin on Black Friday and continue throughout December 25. Swing by between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturday or stop on a Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Between December 22 and Christmas Day, the farm will be open 24/7 for self-serve pre-cut trees.
If you’re ready to make your holiday both memorable and magical, you have found your winter wonderland. For more information, visit MedinaTrees.com.