Area Christmas tree farms are open for the season, so get your saw arm ready and head out to take your pick.

Workers and shoppers were busy Friday at several tree farms as people sawed down their favorites and had them loaded in to vehicles.

At Sarna’s Christmas Tree Farm, 1137 East Jefferson St., Jefferson, owner Daisy Asmus said every year at 9 a.m. there are two or three regular families waiting to get their tree.

“Snow or not they are here,” she said. “It’s a family tradition.”

Asmus said some of her customers have come back for nearly 20 years. She said she’ll never forget one customer who used to come regularly from Cleveland every year in a Ford Pinto and buy the largest tree he could find.

“He would get a 12-foot tree that was 12-feet wide,” Asmus said.

“We would be loading it on to this little Ford Pinto and you could barely see the car. It was bigger and wider than the car.”

Jason and Amy Warren and their son Evan, of Plymouth Township, were at Sarna’s Christmas Tree Farm loading a freshly-cut tree in to their truck.

“We’ve come here one other time,” Jason Warren said.

“We’re trying to make a family tradition for the youngin where we come out and cut our own.”

At Manners Tree Farm, 780 Dodgeville Road, New Lyme Township, cars were lined up far along the road because parking lots were full. Then lines of more than 100 people were waiting to catch a ride by one of eight horse-drawn wagons to the fields where trees are cut.

John Braun, a salesman, said for opening day on Friday it was the largest turnout he has ever seen.

“For an opening day this was incredible,” he said. “I’ve been here 34 years and I’ve never seen it this busy.”

Martha and Peter Halemba, of Novelty, said they have headed to Manners Christmas Tree Farm for seven years to get their tree where they can enjoy time with family.

“It’s like a Hallmark Christmas,” Martha Halemba said. 

At Bender Tree Farm, 3381 Sheffield Road, Sheffield Township, owner Rick Bender opened one day early. Normally the location opens for tree sales on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, he said.

Bender said this year people can take advantage of buying a pre-cut Christmas tree at a new location in Ashtabula at 4038 Main Ave. Bender bought the Anderson Metzger building and is setting up a marketing and graphic design company in the building, and using the side lot to sell trees during the week.

“I’ll be here on weekends and up there during the week,” Bender said. 

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