WOOSTER, Ohio – For Rita Dush, Christmas trees have many meanings.
“Stewardship of the land, beauty and happiness for families,” said Dush, owner of Pine Tree Barn in Wooster.
At the barn, there is a list of different types of trees that take time to grow. “It usually takes about eight years to harvest,” said Pine Tree Farm nursery manager Brad Moore.
It also takes time to choose the perfect tree. Once customers choose, they cut them down, shake the pins, and pack them for takeout. Although the tree may last for a month or two, the joy carries forever.
“It’s the spirit of Christmas — you make families happy. You see little kids who are happy,” Moore said.
It’s not just the amazing experiences and memories that last for customers. For Dush, Pine Tree Barn has a deeper meaning.
She lost her husband two years ago today. Roger and Rita built Pine Tree from the roots of Roger’s family farm, Yuletide Tree Farm, 40 years ago. They didn’t expect it to be as big as it is today, but they made a promise to themselves.
“We knew we weren’t going to live forever and we both wanted a farm to continue. That’s why I always do it, and I’m sure if I was him and he was here, he would always do it too,” Rita said.
So every smile she sees on the farm brings her joy.
“It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful, especially with little kids, but they’re smiling and happy and bouncy,” Dush said.
Rita sees eight years of work, when Roger was by her side, come to life.
“It gives me a purpose, I miss him,” she said.
The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and they have a gift shop and restaurant on the property. For more information on Pine Tree Barn, click here.
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