The tree lot is now open at its permanent location on Templeton Road
TEMPLETON — Now that we have said goodbye to Thanksgiving, it is time to head to your favorite local Christmas Tree lot and grab yourself, or your family, the perfect addition to your household for the next month. That’s where Agape Christmas Trees comes in.
In 2006, Rick Armet and his family started Agape Christmas Trees because they wanted to have an experience that was family and local-based. Then they decided on Christmas trees because of the business’s festive nature.
“It just turned into something where we really enjoy it. It’s really neat to see the repeat customers. Some of the kids that were coming with their parents are now coming with their kids as young adults,” Armet shared. “It’s really neat to see the family tradition that’s been created and to see familiar faces and to be involved with the community in that way.”
For the past 16 years, the Armet family’s tree lot has been located on the corner of Del Rio and El Camino Real in Atascadero. While that land is now being developed, Armet didn’t let that break his 16-year stride; instead, he took it as a sign to purchase an 80-acre piece of land on 625 Templeton Road in Templeton and turn it into his own Christmas tree farm.
“We’re excited to have much more of a destination Christmas tree experience, or Christmas experience rather,” Armet explained.
The Armet family purchased their new property to be the permanent location of their tree business from here on out.
“Hopefully, by next year, we’ll have our seedlings planted so that we can also offer a ‘you cut’ opportunity,” Armet continued.
Agape Christmas Trees upped the percentage of fresh-cut trees they’re importing this year. The tree farm supplies over eight varieties to the area, including Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Nordmann Fir, Grand Fir, White Fir, Silvertip Fir, Scotch Pine, and Norway Spruce, with fresh shipments coming in weekly.
“It keeps the supply very fresh. We have people year after year come back saying the trees easily last into January,” Armet shared happily. “The fact of us having a fresh truckload each week not only keeps the inventory very fresh, but I can also adjust my orders accordingly if we’re selling more or less.”
The trees come from small business Christmas tree farms located in Oregon and Northern California. The Armets added that they love supporting and working alongside the farms where they get their trees. Most of the trees that Agape provides to the county are grown in higher altitudes and cooler climates, which is why these partnerships with out-of-state tree farms are so important.
Agape Christmas Trees received their first tree shipments the week before Thanksgiving and were officially open the day after Thanksgiving. They will continue to receive their weekly tree shipments, which will be available at 625 Templeton Road until Christmas, or once they’ve run out.
See the full story on Agape Christmas Trees in the December issue of Atascadero News Magazine and Paso Robles Press Magazine.
For more information, visit Agape Christmas Trees’ Facebook Page agapechristmastrees or call (805) 460-9161.