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Top Story, Dec. 1, 2016


Wyckoff’s going out on a limb with colors

 

By JANE PRIMERANO
AFP Correspondent

WHITE TOWNSHIP —
In the television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Lucy VanPelt dispatches Charlie Brown and Linus to get a Christmas tree: “A silver aluminum tree,” she tells them.
Now, you can get a silver real tree at Wyckoff’s Tree Farm. Silver and purple were the first colors offered, but within 24 hours of an announcement on the farm’s Facebook page, customers were asking for dark blue, light blue and pink.
Other customers saw the trees from the county road and slowed down to take a look.
The trees are sprayed with latex paint, Jean Nastaka, an employee and cousin of owner John Wyckoff said at the farm on opening day, Friday, Nov. 25. “People were lined up at 8 o’clock this morning.”
“Purple seems to be the big color,” she said, and that was backed up by a number of pruple stumps. But there were a significant number of Giant’s fans among the customers and blue trees were moving as well.
One customer who was trying to get his girls to decide between two purple trees said the girls were very excited when they saw the colorful trees on social media.
This is their third year buying from Wyckoff’s. He said the family went apple picking at Mackey’s nearby and decided to come back for their tree. The family is from Manalapan and said similar businesses down the shore are too busy with too many crowds and too much traffic.
Wyckoff’s employees, many sporting bright red Belvidere High School varsity jackets, directed the heavy traffic on and off County Route 519 and assisted the customers were cutting, bagging and loading. Fresh cut trees are also available and other items are sold in the gift shop.