CANASTOTA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Thousands of green trees are ready and available at Romagnoli’s Christmas Tree Farm in Canastota, New York, but you will spot a few more colors popping out in the field.
While Santa or Rudolph may choose a red tree — purple happens to be the pick of the painted trees.
“Folks are always calling for the purple,” said Dewey Romagnoli, tree farm owner.
While the final purple tree has already been claimed, Romagnoli says there are plenty of red, blue, turquoise, pink, white and frosted trees to choose from.
Locked and loaded with non-toxic paint, Romagnoli starts painting months ahead.
Since it’s too cold to paint now, the farm cannot take more painting requests this season, but people are welcome to head out to the farm to pick out trees in the summertime and choose a color.
“It’s a special formulated paint for trees. You’re not going to find it in your local hardware store,” Romagnoli said. “We get it through our supplier. Painting-wise it only takes a few minutes to paint. The time-consuming thing is to clean out the spray gun out when you’re changing colors.”
If any painted trees are not claimed and purchased, they will continue growing and may just need a touch-up because the tree will continue to grow new buds on its branches.
Romagnoli says many people who have been putting up artificial trees in their homes are some of the prime buyers for the painted trees.
He adds that buying a “real tree” is good for sustainability because new trees are planted in place of each tree that’s cut. Plus, Romagnoli says your tree can be mulched after the holiday to use in your garden.
From noon to 4 p.m., Santa will be at the farm’s gift shop to see families after they pick out their tree.
“Our motto is, we don’t sell Christmas trees, we sell the experience,” Romagnoli said. “We have the free wagon ride that comes out into the field. Families are on the wagon, they got their kids, they’ve got their dogs and they can come out and run the whole farm and pick up the perfect tree. Either it is the painted tree or the non painted.”
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