More than Christmas trees: Peter Bergman sells an experience
The smell of pine is in the air at Peter Bergman’s farm and it’s no wonder. For families who are looking for a place to start a wonderful tradition, or for those who know the fun and adventure of cutting down their own Christmas tree, Bergman’s Trees is the place to go.
Peter and his family have been selling Christmas trees for more than 40 years and this year will be no different. As he sits in his little shack, heated by an old-fashioned wood barrel stove, Peter waits for customers to pull in. Everyone is invited to find the tree of their dreams. “I have 10 to 15 acres planted in Christmas trees here,” said Peter.
This tree plantation mostly consists of balsam trees with a few spruce sprinkled in. There are many sizes to choose from also. “We have trees as tall as 16 foot,” said Pete.
And for those who aren’t into cutting a tree down, pre-cut trees area available as well. For those who would like to cut their own tree but may find a long hike tiresome, many trees have been planted close to the parking area for easier loading.
But for those wishing for a truly old-fashioned experience, there is plenty of land to explore. “We have lots of deer out here and other wildlife,” said Peter. “It’s really very enjoyable to walk through this property with all the trees. Families can spend all the time they want.”
Customers don’t have to worry about bringing in equipment, either. Peter provides saws (no chainsaws are allowed on the property to cut down a tree) and plastic sleds for hauling trees and even to give a child a ride or two. Once a tree is selected and brought to the little shack, Peter will even send it through a wrapping device, which binds a plastic mesh carefully around the tree for easier hauling.
And once that perfect tree is found, Peter completes the experience by making sure every child gets a candy cane. “Kids that have been here before always ask if I am still giving away these treats,” he said with a chuckle.
Pets are welcome to accompany their owners on the perfect tree quest, but they must be on a leash at all times.
Bergman Trees will remain open until Dec. 22. The hours are 8 a.m. until dark. The tree farm is located at 2245 Cty. G south of Rhinelander, about six miles past Nicolet College. For more information, call (715) 362-6729.