Agriculture, Central New York, Consumer

CNY Christmas Tree Farm Does More Than Just Sell Trees

By Ben Stevens JAMESVILLE, N.Y. (NCC News) — With Christmas right around the corner, Christmas tree farms around Central New York are in the busiest time of the year.  But selling trees during this two to three week stretch leading up to Christmas isn’t the only thing a tree farm, like Rocking Horse Farm in Jamesville, does.  This Christmas tree farm isn’t a one-trick pony.

“We’re a family-owned business,” said Julie Liebmann, the owner of Rocking Horse Farm. “And it’s kind of the small farm experience.”

Part of this experience features animals.  Liebmann is especially passionate about one type of animal she raises on her farm, alpacas.

“I raise the alpacas for their fiber,” she said. “We get it made into yarn every year.”

And that’s why when you walk into the gift store at Rocking Horse Farm, you are immediately surrounded by alpaca products.  From sweaters to gloves, the alpaca products have added a whole new section to Liebmann’s business.

Rocking Horse Farm also stays open for more than just the holiday season.   Starting in September through October, Liebmann has opened up a apple-picking orchard on her property.  She has also started growing pumpkins and winter squash to keep with the theme of the fall season.

“We’ve picked up those two seasons,” Liebmann said. “So fall through Christmas, I’m pretty busy here.”

But if you asked Liebmann her favorite season of all, she would probably say when her farm is closed during the winter.  During the winter, she gets to ride her horses and another of her favorite activities: skiing.

“I get the winter off,” she said with a wide smile across her face.

Rocking Horse Farm sold 170 Christmas trees last weekend alone. (c) 2015 Ben Stevens