Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm is recovering nicely from the long drought we've experienced. Thanks to God's blessing and Farmer Marc's hard work, we have a wonderful selection of tree growing in the field. The baby trees the whole family hand watered in 2009 are big and beautiful, and ready to go home with you. The shortages we will still feel for awhile are tall Virginia Pine trees (over 8 - 9 ft.) and Leyland Cypress trees (over 6-ft). It will take the farm a few more years to catch up with those things. We do have large and small pre-cut Fraser Firs brought in fresh from a friends farm in North Carolina.
A Long History...
Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm was started as a retirement business in 1984 by Grandma Kaye and Grandpa Bill Walton. They sold their first trees in 1987. Through hard work, steadfastness and good marketing the business grew steadily for many years. They knew they were doing something right and that God was blessing them when the same people kept coming back and bringing their friends year after year (it also felt good to be growing award winning trees). We have several families that have been enjoying our farm and cutting our trees for 25 years, What a Testimony.
In 2003 Marc and Twyla Nash (Twyla is the oldest Walton Daughter) bought the property and business with the agreement that Grandma and Grandpa (who had lots of grandkids by this time) would continue to share their gifts to help the business be successful. Landry, Lacey and Zeth Nash were practically born on the farm.Since Marc and Twyla took over the farm, they have added the fall pumpkin activities. 2011 will be the tenth annual Pumpkin Festival and other fall activities. The CHRISTmas Cottage was added in 2006. With the creativity and organization of our wonderful Janet, it has become its own attraction on the farm. Over the years, we have grown and added more parking areas, bathrooms, hayrides and other infrastructure and activities to accomodate our popularity. There are glowing reports on Facebook and other websites recommending Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm as a fun, economical place to bring your family for a day of togetherness. In 2011, the farm added some acreage. The plans are to rotate the tree crops more efficiently and add more activities for families to enjoy, and, of course, it will allow for an even longer hayride.
From now into the Future...
The Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm family has tried to keep God and glorifying Him in front of everything we do since the very beginning. We feel very blessed to have a business that focuses on the birth of Christ and celebrating the gift He was to all of us. We try to share His gifts with the families that come to enjoy the experience of our farm.
For years the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association offered awards for the best Christmas Trees. Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm is a five time Grand Champion Tree winner (1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006) and Best Pine Tree winner in 2008, before the contest was discontinued.
In 2008, Marc was president of TCTGA and Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm provided the Texas Capital Tree.
2012 Elgin Agriculturist
Close to Our Hearts
The farm enjoys supporting, in many ways, the following organizations:
- Various Church youth and school programs
- Various sports teams
- World Vision
- Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
- Elgin Chamber of Commerce
- Angelo State University
- Concordia Lutheran High School of Austin