SEVERE WX : Winter Storm Warning View Alerts

Local Christmas tree farm prepares to help those in need

The Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm in Marcy is preparing for their big Christmas tree delivery to local not for profit agencies on Monday.

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 2:29 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2020 3:06 PM

Marcy, N.Y. - Don and Marianne Buttenschon have been busy since 1992 selling Christmas trees from their Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm in Marcy since 1992 and for the past 10 of those years they have organized an annual event to help those in need here in our community.

Each year since 2010, the Buttenschons have donated a total of between 200 and 300 Christmas trees before Thanksgiving to the local not-for-profit agencies, The Salvation Army of Utica, the Salvation Army of Rome and the Veterans Outreach Center in Utica.

Marianne Buttenschon, who is also the Assembly representative for the 119th Assembly District here in New York State, says these three agencies then hold their own events where they give away the trees to those in need along with food for the holidays.

Buttenschon says her family's tree farm is one of a number of similar farms and businesses in our area that donate Christmas trees to local agencies, "I do get many different requests, but since we are a small farm, unfortunately we kind of just stick to the few. I know there are a bunch of other individuals that provide, so we’re just happy to be a part of that team."

The Buttenschons will deliver their trees to the three agencies on Monday, but this weekend her whole family and their friends and neighbors have all volunteered their time to cut the trees down and prepare them to be delivered.

The Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm will begin selling trees to the public this Friday, the Day after Thanksgiving, as is their tradition.

Those looking for a tree can either buy one that has been cut down or they can take a wagon ride down through the Buttenschon farm and pick one out, and then someone from the farm will cut their tree down for them, wrap it up, and get it to their vehicle.

Because of the tradition that so many families have come to know over the years, the Buttenschons still wanted to give people the option to go on the wagon and through the farm to pick out a tree despite COVID, so there will be some changes this year.

First, Santa will not be visiting, second there will not be hot chocolate available because the Buttenschons do not want people to congregate, and finally, there will be changes as far as going on the wagon, "We’ve asked people to sign up for the tractor ride and then we have advised them if they’d like to walk, they have to maintain social distancing. They will have to have a mask on when they’re on the wagon."

To sign up for the tractor/wagon ride, you can call the farm at (315) 865-4849 or you can sign up on the Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm facebook page :

https://www.facebook.com/ButtenschonChristmasTreeFarm/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCNpKKj-kGgCxlrR8y5gosd3UF9VKohN2xqTNrm9PqN08lgHZ_EpFywtoLuD3DIqT_FHEGvXLs-XYsC

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1212922

Reported Deaths: 40637
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1515817782
Kings1485017994
Suffolk1225972545
Nassau1099842518
Bronx1015535243
Westchester819821774
New York727353419
Erie502271339
Richmond433221363
Monroe42774737
Rockland31061806
Orange27862642
Onondaga26544517
Oneida16110331
Dutchess15873290
Albany15520248
Niagara11534233
Broome10620248
Saratoga865376
Schenectady8183116
Ulster7337183
Rensselaer6454101
Putnam620370
Chemung5422107
Chautauqua522151
Oswego466462
Ontario452877
Steuben4444130
Cayuga419768
Sullivan371348
Wayne352750
Genesee350691
Herkimer342346
St. Lawrence332055
Cattaraugus325360
Madison298575
Jefferson294220
Cortland256352
Livingston256136
Tompkins252822
Columbia229966
Allegany228675
Tioga212454
Montgomery206971
Wyoming198741
Clinton197713
Fulton193247
Greene192951
Warren192836
Orleans185167
Chenango165438
Otsego155921
Lewis138822
Washington138121
Seneca114445
Franklin10409
Delaware96516
Essex92916
Schoharie8515
Yates75816
Schuyler68410
Hamilton1431
Unassigned37108
Out of NY0163
Rome
Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 34°
Binghamton
Cloudy
31° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 22°
Rome
Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 34°
Rome
Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 29°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
2021 Golfer's Paradise Card - 21 Courses for only $99.99
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve