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'Tis the season to harvest holiday trees

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Plainfield, WI -

For most of us, October is a bit early to be getting into the holiday spirit. But, for one local business, no matter the month, the holidays are always top of mind.

They're not exactly elves, nor are they really Santa's helpers. But, without them Christmas wouldn't be the same.

"It's the season to be jolly and we're certainly more jolly than what I can just about stand," joked Richard Detlor.

He's the owner of Detlor's Tree Farm in Plainfield. A place where it's Christmas 364 days a year.

"That doesn't count the day we're opening presents," said Detlor.

Right now while most everyone is thinking pumpkins. They're thinking about a place for all the presents.

"The stores want them earlier and earlier every year," he said.

But what does it take to get the tree from the lot to your living room? It starts with a chainsaw.

"The tree is cut down at the stump, and then each tree is sent through a baler, then they're hauled up in the yard and put in the shade and ready for delivery," explained Detlor.

During the next four weeks, 30,000 Christmas trees here will go through that exact process.

"We send our trees all over, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois," listed Detlor. "Florida, Alabama, even Texas. We have to get a quality product, to the market, on time."

That means sometimes it's hard to find time for anything else.

"Thanksgiving doesn't exist in this house," laughed Detlor's wife from the kitchen.

So it may be too early to say, "Merry Christmas." They'll stick to "Merry Mid-October"

Detlor Tree Farm is open to the public to purchase Christmas trees or cut your own. The Detlor's say that begins the week after Thanksgiving.

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