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 :