BORDEN, Ind. (WHAS11) – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas across Kentuckiana, but at one southern Indiana business it's been a solemn start to the season.
After 40 years in business, this will be the last holiday season for the Meyer Christmas Tree farm.
If you drive down a rocky road on the Floyd and Clark County line you’ll find yourself in a winter wonderland that over the last 40 years the Meyer family has turned into a labor of love.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into selling Christmas trees,” Laura Meyer said. “We didn’t have a honeymoon, we never had an anniversary trip because we’re usually out here selling Christmas trees.”
Mike and Laura Meyer quickly found out that there was more to this business than just the happy holidays.
“You have to buy them,” Mike Meyer said. “We buy seedlings about a foot tall. We have a machine now, but we used to do it by hand.”
“Sheering keeps us busy in June,” Laura said. “It’s a hard job, but it kind of gets you in shape. It’s tough work, but it’s cheaper than going to a health spa.”
They’ve sold up to 1,500 trees per year, but the business didn’t turn a profit for the first decade, still, the Meyer’s say it was worth it to see kids light up picking out their favorite tree.
“I love to see the people bringing their kids, and their grandkids, out to enjoy an afternoon outside,” Laura said.
“I like when we cut down the tree,” Hope Blair said.
While telling longtime customers like Danielle and Bill Blair has been a heartbreaker.
“It was certainly something we wanted to implement as a family tradition,” Danielle Blair said.
“We’ve had several families come in that have been coming for over 20 years,” Laura said. “They’re bringing their grandchildren.”
So why hang it up now?
“It takes a long time to get in, and a long time to get out,” Mike said. “I’m 71, and I figure by 75 I didn’t want to be sheering these trees anymore.”
The Meyer Christmas Tree farm will stay open through the Dec. 21.
After that, they say they’re going to enjoy their first vacation since the farm opened in 1977.