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  • One less Christmas-tree farm

  • Any word on what happened to Yuletide Trees on Madrona Lane? Each year, I enjoyed selecting the tree, and having them cut and transport it to my truck. I missed them this year.
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  • Any word on what happened to Yuletide Trees on Madrona Lane? Each year, I enjoyed selecting the tree, and having them cut and transport it to my truck. I missed them this year.
    — Jerry H., Ashland
    Jerry, your feelings are mutual. Steve Andrews, who owned and operated Yuletide Trees for the past 20 years, said he and his family regret they can't be part of your holiday.
    The Andrews have clearcut their 25-acre farm and, instead of firs, will plant organic produce next spring. They'll also raise lamb, goats and chickens.
    "Yuletide Trees was a family business, and we had the kids helping us, but now they are grown up," Andrews said. "My son is taking off for college. My daughter is doing a study abroad program in Italy, and my wife is a registered nurse, so we decided to change things up."
    "Plus, trees are heavy, and I'm not getting any younger."
    Jerry, if you're still in the market for a Christmas tree and are keen on the U-cut experience, Larry Ryerson operates a 10-acre Christmas tree farm at 3132 Camp Baker Road in Medford, but you'll have to hurry.
    Ryerson said he's been overwhelmed with customers since Yuletide Trees closed and thinks he'll be sold out of everything, except pre-cut Noble firs, by Sunday.
    There's also Bob's U-Cut on Nellis Avenue, next to Interstate 5 north of Central Point. Bob Snyder has saws for loan and about six acres of Douglas fir, grand fir, spruce and Scotch pine. See www.bobucut.com.
    And depending on how rustic you are, there's plenty of variety in the Rogue River and Siskiyou national forests.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com.
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