Christmas tree lots pop up all over region

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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With the sun shining and Turkey leftovers chilling for their first day in the refrigerator, Bambi’s Christmas Tree Land was open for business Friday at Zittel Farms in Folsom. Harold Van Weerdhuizen hails from Washington and runs the tree lot. “This is our first shipment,” he said Friday as cars began to trickle into the parking lot and a dozen people milled about the large selection of trees. “We get about 600 trees on a load. With the bigger trees, we get less.” He said trees range in size from 4 feet to 20 feet. “The trees are from Oregon,” he said. “This is my second year doing this for Bambi, the owner. We’re about the only ones going this early.” The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Van Weerdhuizen said their lot has a unique offering. “This is one of the only lots doing silvertips,” he said. Lori Almas, of Orangevale, was busy trying to choose a tree with her family. “It’s a tradition to come out the day after Thanksgiving to pick out our tree,” she said. “We bought from here last year and were really happy with it, so we came back.” Brian Anderson, 18, of Folsom is a recent Folsom High School graduate. He was helping cart trees and work the lot on Friday. “I’m doing this for extra money,” he said. “I also work at IHOP as a server. This is our first day open.” According to Van Weerdhuizen, Zittel tried selling Christmas trees on their own in the past but found it was too much trouble, so they allow Bambi to sell trees. Don Chaddock can be reached at