Country Gift & Garden Shoppe
1540 Alleghenyville Road, Mohnton, PA 19540
Growing Christmas Trees since 1956
Over 60 years ago the first Christmas Trees of this farm were planted by the Althouse Family. The first plantings were started in 1956. At that time,
Scotch Pine was the tree of choice. Charles and Robert Althouse sold Christmas Trees in front of the now restored Barn 54 years ago. Charles
continued to raise Christmas trees as did Robert and eventually Earl. As the years passed, Charles grew the farm into a full time business known as
Althouse Nursery. Until the opening of the Cobblestone Farms Barn in 2006 the tree business was conducted from the Charles and Martha Althouse
residence on Witmer Road.
Cobblestone Farms starts selling cut trees the day after Thanksgiving.
More and more we are starting to sell during the week before Thanksgiving due to many requests.
Our trees are cut daily since we grow all our own.
October 24, 2011...the day Charles Althouse left us
to be with our Heavenly Father. Since my Dad's
passing, it has been a challenge in the maintenance
of the tree farm. Mom, at age 80, still does mowing
and tree shearing. My son, Rich, helps with the
equipment, spraying and general field work. I have
been getting a handle on a good bit of mowing and
tree shearing. I thank all our past customers for
their support. My Dad formed amazing
relationships with so many over the years. It is a
treat to see so many customers every year when
they come for their tree! Debbie Althouse
Fields open to the public for TAGGING ONLY the 1st Saturday of October through Thanksgiving Day
*****Fields are closed to the public the day after Thanksgiving*****
We offer the service of letting you tag your own tree in our fields. You simply follow the instructions of putting your name on a tag with a marker and
attach it securely to your chosen tree. Then, fill out an information card and let that card in the tagging box located at field site. We retrieve cards
daily and keep a record of when you want your tree. When you are ready for your tree, we will have the tree cut, drilled, netted and waiting for you
to pick up. This service has been provided for over 30 years through Althouse Nursery now operating as Cobblestone Farms.
Stop by or call for more information.
Sorry, but we do not offer choose and cut.
Fresh Wreath made daily by
Martha & Debbie Althouse
CUT TREE CARE
There are many so-called recommendations on how to care for
your tree. What works? Well... every situation is different. Heat
sources vary for each site you use. This is important to remember
when you choose your tree and where you decide to display it.
What's best? WATER! We've heard all the remedies and after all
thses years we still recommend plain water. Warm water is best.
Never hot which can scald. Warm water can help soften the sap to
allow water to flow more freely. We always recommend giving
your tree warm water for the first watering. If the water goes below
the base of the trunk give it warm water again. Try not to let the
water level get that far and you should not have problems.
If you do wish to add anything to the water because of type or
conditions of your water, please only use recommended tree
preserve water additives. Only use as recommended on the labels.
We understand that many of you have been using all kinds of
remedies for years with no problems. Don't change. If it works, then
stick to it. Please be careful as to how much of anything you may
add to the water. Three ways to think of your cut tree...
1) It is a cut plant, not unlike a cut flower. We don't expect cut
flowers to last over a month?
2) What we put in to the tree is similar to how we take care of
radiators in our vehicles. If we put the wrong stuff in it gets gunked
up! Be wary of sugar and sugar products.
3) Some things can be poison to our trees and defoliate them
immaturely. Salts and Chemicals. Think of what salt does to melt
icy roadways and the result to plant material along those roads.
Pay attention to how you care for your cut tree. Use common sense
and you should have an enjoyable season!