"We wanted to be able to replicate the experience of cutting your own tree down and still be able to get a Fraser fir," he said.
The Thompsons make an experience out of picking a tree. When customers arrive, they take a hayride for the quarter mile trip from Mud Creek Ranch's barn to the tree lot. After customers pick out a Fraser fir, which ranges in price from $65 to $110, the tree is taken back on a trailer and wrapped up. But before they go, customers can roast marshmallows or buy Christmas wreaths or tree ornaments.
"We won't do more than two loads (from North Carolina), and if we sell out the second load, we'll wrap it up," Jud Thompson said.
"We told some friends, and they've been so generous to tell their friends," Jud Thompson said.
Todd Brumbelow of Kennesaw brought his wife, Katy, and daughters Sara Kathryne, 14, and Olivia, 11, to pick out a tree on the first day Old Mountain Christmas Trees was open.
"We've got a little bit of everything you can need for a tree," Jud Thompson said.
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The Thompson brothers' uncle, Air Max Bw Ultra Robert Parris, helps customers in the tree lot, but he said the trees sell themselves.
"The whole family comes together," he said. "Everybody has a job to do, and we get it done."
"We love the experience of the hayride, we love the land and we love that it's local in the community," Todd Brumbelow said. "And it makes a great childhood experience for our girls"
The Thompson brothers' father, Butch Thompson Sr., said the family has been intrigued by Christmas trees since the days when they would go to the north Georgia mountains to pick one out. He has 16 artificial trees in his home that his wife starts decorating in October.
Jud Thompson, owner of Old Mountain Environment Design, has brought his six employees to work on the farm while the landscape architecture business is in its slow season. He credits advertising and word of mouth with the success so far of the tree lot.
out at the tree lot.
Butch Thompson Jr. usually uses his ranch to teach horseback riding lessons to young people. But now he is one of 17 family members who help Air Max Audacity Pe
"Most people get a Frasier fir," he said. "They like the fragrance, and they are easy to hold ornaments."
only grows in North Carolina, and Banner Elk is the "Fraser fir capital of the world," Jud Thompson said.
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"This is a dream that Jud has had for many years," he said.
"We're just giving them what they want," he said. "They want Christmas trees, we've got the best Christmas trees in the state. We're just meeting a want with a need."
WEST COBB If the first day of sales at Old Mountain Christmas Trees is any indication, Cobb has no shortage of Christmas spirit. Thompson opened the tree business for the first time this year on the 64 acre Mud Creek Ranch, which owned by his brother, Butch Thompson Jr., at 1226 Villa Rica Road, just west of the county's first roundabout intersection.
Christmas tree sales are taking root at Mud Creek Ranch's lot
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