New features at the Marmion Christmas Tree Farm
Auroraâ€”Marmion Abbey Farm opens Saturday, Nov. 21, daily from 9 a.m. to dusk, for those who enjoy the tradition of hunting through the pines and spruces to cut down their own Christmas tree.
The Abbey Farm has more than 120 acres of trees available for $30 to $40 each.
The Marmion Abbey Farm is located on Butterfield Road about five miles west of the routes 59 and 56 junction. Visit www.abbeyfarms.org to download a flyer and map of the tree farm, or for more information call (630) 897-6936.
Those who have made the Marmion tree hunt a family tradition will notice some new features at the farm, including sleds for kids, a tree bailer for easy transport, as well as warming fires and free hot chocolate on the weekends. This year, the farm also offers a selection of pre-cut Michigan Fir trees and handmade wreaths.
The Abbey Farm, which began raising trees in 1957, has played a key role with Marmion Abbey and Academy. The successful business of selling Christmas trees has enabled the monks of Marmion Abbey to continue their ministries throughout our community and grow the San Jose Priory in Guatemala. The farm has also been, and will continue to be, an educational resource for the young men of Marmion Academy. Through a close partnership, the farm teaches the students of Marmion Academy about stewardship of land and the ecology of running a tree farm.