Christmas trees are ready to cut at A&W Tree Farm.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many Jackson County residents are turning their focus to finding the perfect tree for their holiday season.
While fresh cut trees are available to purchase at stores like Lowe’s in Gautier, starting from $29.98, those who want the authentic tree farm experience have a couple of local options in Jackson County: A&W Tree Farm in Moss Point and Bozo’s Seafood Market & Deli in Pascagoula.
Since 2014, A&W Tree Farm has allowed for families to come to the farm, purchase live trees, and even choose their tree and cut it themselves. They grow three types of trees: Virginia Pines ($35 to $65) Green Giants and Carolina Sapphires and also source Frazer Firs from North Carolina. The Virginia Pine trees are available for choosing and cutting, with the others becoming available in 2018. Visitors can also choose live potted Green Giants ($25) or Carolina Sapphires ($65).
Wanda Clark said she and her husband decided to start the Christmas tree farm around 2011.
“We have 40 acres, and after cutting down pine trees in the past destroyed the property, we never wanted to do that again,” Clark said. “We thought about growing fruit trees and some others at first. But we decided on Christmas trees and nothing bigger than what our pickup truck could get back to and carry.”
In addition, the Clarks built a train visitors can choose ride back to the property. On Sunday, Dec. 3, the farm will celebrate the holidays by having a visit from Santa. Clark said it will also likely mean that the number of available trees will dwindle. While A&W Tree Farm will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 3, those still in need of a Christmas tree will need to call 251-751-2596 in advance to see what is left.
The farm has seen many successes over the years, including supplying Moss Point and Dauphin Island with their official Christmas trees, and Clark said the years keep getting better.
“We’re a small mom-and-pop farm,” Clark said. “But this has been our best year yet.”
Bozo’s Seafood Market & Deli in Pascagoula also carries the annual tradition of converting its lawn into a tree farm.
Jackson County resident Zeke Clancy and his family returned to Bozo’s this year to choose their trees.
“This is really my first year to come out here and experience this and pick out a tree,” Clancy said. “My sister and her kids have been coming for the past four or five years.”
He said the main reasons he visits Bozo’s for a tree are the location and high reputation. Most of all, though, he said choosing a tree each year is always a family affair.
“My grandfather came here and always picked out his trees,” Clancy said. “I guess we just carried on the tradition.”