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CNY Tree Farm is Selling More Than Just Trees This Year

Tree Farms like Romagnoli's are expanding their gift shops to carry more decorations so customers can buy more right there at his own business. (c) 2017 Tyler Dudley

By Tyler Dudley ONEIDA, N.Y. (NCC News) – Romagnoli’s Christmas Tree Farm has been in business for 16 years, and they’ve decided to try something new this year.

Owner of Romagnoli’s Christmas Tree Farm, Dewey Romagnoli, knew he wanted to offer more than just Christmas trees.

“This year we took a chance and got more of the ornament lines and other stuff like that; plus we have local vendors,” Romagnoli said.

He said he supports local vendors who also sell honey, syrup and soaps.

Romagnoli’s carries local vendors products like honey and syrup. (c) 2017 Tyler Dudle

If locals want to set up their products and sell them there, he said he has no problem with it.

Customers started buying Christmas trees before Thanksgiving. They can choose to either cut down the trees themselves or select a pre-cut tree. When trimming the trees, Romagnoli chooses to save the scraps to be reused.

“The real quality stuff, the branches or boughs, whatever you want to call them, we use them for wreaths,” Romagnoli said.

He said people can call and put in requests for customized wreaths.

Wreaths can be customized and homemade at Romagnoli’s from tree scraps. (c) 2017 Tyler Dudley

While his family helps him out when it come to sales, in the off-season he says it’s a three-man crew.

“It’s just me, myself, and I; so it’s just me,” Romagnoli said.

People started to drop in to put tags on trees around Halloween, and before Thanksgiving, they had already sold about five trees. Since then he has sold over 200.

 

Every year he participates in Trees for Troops, which is a nationwide donation of Christmas trees to troops and their families. He said this year they were able to donate 274 trees.

While the holiday season is busy, he has just as much to do in the months that follow.

After Christmas, from January to March, it’s usually Romagnoli’s down time.

“There’s not really much going on. April it starts,” Romagnoli said. “You start planting, you start fertilizing, and you start mowing. Then in the midsummer to late summer to into the fall, you trim the trees, you shape them.”

Romagnoli knew he wanted to start his own tree farm when he was a kid picking a tree with his dad. Since he opened his business, he said he has planted about 20,000 trees, all by hand.

To find out where Romagnoli’s is located and their hours of operation, click here.