The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!" 

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Why not start a family tradition and buy a Christmas tree from your local farm.

Christmas trees trace their beginnings to pagan culture, in which the evergreens symbolized life and rebirth and when Winter Solstice was widely celebrated. Later, candles on Christmas trees were meant to light up the darkest days of the year and ward off evil spirits.

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Suydam Farms, in existence since 1713 and preserved as a working farm in perpetuity, offer beautiful Douglas and Frasier’s firs in their spacious greenhouse and a selection of pre-cut Charlie Brown trees outside. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and pick one of the opulent, fragrant firs in a relaxed atmosphere. You can also cut your own tree. Christmas carols complement the already festive atmosphere and the holiday spirit of this yesteryear place. Hand carved wooden reindeer with brightly colored bows and freshly assembled rustic wreaths are displayed outside.

As soon as you enter the parking area, Dave, the real-life resident farmer, welcomes you warmly. Friendly and dedicated staff go out of their way to inform about their products and engage you in friendly banter. Fresh pressed hot apple cider is offered and children can toast marshmallows at the fire pit.

Besides the Christmas trees, the store also offers pies, jams, honey, fresh brown eggs, homemade cheeses and a variety of meats including beef, turkey and lamb. All of the produce with the exception of Maryland made, McCutcheon's jams, come from local New Jersey farms.

A scent of the burning fire and the sight of imposing red barns remind you that you are in a historic place. The farm has been run by a Dutch family for generations and it is still thriving. The Suydams settled in Brooklyn in 1663 where they lived for fifty years prior to moving to Somerset, New Jersey.

An outdoor, holiday-themed musical performance by the Judd School 3rd Grade Chorus, directed by Elizabeth Perryman, will take place on December 8th at 1:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Driving out, among, what it seems, endless fields, it is hard to believe this place is in existence in the very heart of New Jersey.

Suydam Farms https://www.suydamfarms.net/ are located at 1803 Route 27 in Somerset, NJ 08873. The telephone number is: 732-846-7139.  Email: info@suydamfarms.com Winter hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until December 23rd.