Barker's Christmas Tree Farm adjusts operations due to COVID-19

Posted at 7:49 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 19:49:00-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The holiday season will be here before we know it and many things will be different this year, including Christmas tree farms.

For nearly two decades, Barker's Christmas Tree Farm has opened the day after Thanksgiving.

"We'll sell anywhere from 900 to 1,000. That's what we've seen over the last several years. We do real well with that, it's just getting them to grow fast enough," Barker's Christmas Tree Farm Owner Dale Barker said.

Barker says this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19, you have to make a reservation to cut down a tree.

"Like the appointment would be from 9-10. You'd select that slot. We're going with 40 people an hour. We know we will have some sign up that don't show up," Barker said.

Barker says he's confident their open, outdoor space, will be able to handle that amount of people per hour.

"We provide saws and sleds to saw and cut the tree down and the sled to bring the tree back on. We will be sanitizing those just like your shopping cart at grocery stores," Barker said.

The first day of the season for the Christmas Tree Farm will still be after Thanksgiving.

"We've had customers started out coming out with their kids. Now, their kids are bringing their kids out. So, it's a big tradition for a lot of people and we just want to make it where it's safe and healthy for everyone to do," Barker said.

You can make a reservation to cut down a tree at Barker's Christmas Tree Farm here.