About Our Farms
In 1983, Chip and Sally Ellms moved to the farm in Charlton and began planting Christmas trees in 1984. As the demand for a choose and cut operation grew over the years, the farm was expanded by acquiring fields from the Palmer family. In the year 2000 the dairy farm on the north side of Charlton Road, without the cows, was purchased from Bernie and Shirley Palmer. Now the entire Ellms Family farm is over 200 acres.
The Ellms family was fortunate to start with three generations in 1983 and now has its fourth generation. Bud Ellms, Chip’s father, took care of the trees for many years until he passed away in April 2007. Over time Bud, Chip, Sally, and children, Sasha, Ashley, and Garth, worked together doing tasks needed to provide an invaluable family experience. Spouses Josh and Dan, have added their expertise and granchildren Aven, Calla, Ryah, Atli, Harper, Kinley, and Clover can be found “helping” as well. As Chip and Sally look to slow down, Garth looks to speed things up as he is continuously learning every aspect of the farm. Sasha and her family moved back onto the farm as well – lots of extra helping hands! Ashley still lives in Rochester and gets home with her family a majority of the weekends.
Chip continues to work off the farm in his trade as a chemical engineer while Garth is very active in his festival planning business with a long time family friend and son of Chris Bodden, our former CEO (Childrens’ Education Officer!) on the farm. Ashley’s husband, Dan, who works in Rochester as a Financial Advisor, makes the trip home almost every weekend to help out. Sasha is active on the farm with new and interactive ways we can grow, while her husband has the true creativity as a game designer as he owns a gaming company based in Burnt Hills , NY. Between Ashley and Sasha’s families, we have some of the best quality control staff in the business… seven kids in total ranging from 10 months to 11 years old!
Due to encouragement from our loyal Christmas tree customers who wanted to enjoy the picturesque farm setting in warmer weather, we opened our fall business in 2005. We look forward to seeing you and are happy to be part of your family traditions for the holidays AND the fall season!
Come join in the fun and make us part of your family traditions!