Family Tree Farm has been in my family for five generations. Adam Strayer was the first deed holder in 1810. The farm came to be owned by my grandparents, Howard and Estie Flinchbaugh. Howard and Estie started dairy farming in the early 1930s (hence the name Dairy Road). They made butter and sold milk to customers all over the York area.
Eventually, my father, Howard (Hops), and my mother, Lorraine, took over the dairy operation, continuing until the late 1970s. Dad then crop farmed until the late 1980s, when he retired.
Dad’s retirement from farming started the family on the Christmas Tree farm path. Like many men of retirement age, he needed to stay busy, and so my husband suggested we plant a tree farm. Rick’s family, the Doyles from Whitehall, Maryland, have been very successful with their operation for many years. Dad kept the trees in tip-top condition until his death in 1998. The farm then passed to myself and my husband, who expanded Family Tree Farm to its current size. Our name -Family Tree Farm – blends two strong family traditions of being good stewards of the land with a vision of the future. We have many customers who made choosing their tree from our farm a family tradition since we began in 1995. We are thrilled to see a second generation continuing the tradition by coming to our farm to start their Christmas season.
I hope that through my blog, I can share some of our unique experiences with you of farm life past and present. I also hope to convey how important it is to us to continue the tradition of agriculture on the farm not only for us to enjoy, but also to share with you.
See you out on the farm!