Iowa tree farm grows joy for the holidays

Iowa tree farm grows joy for the holidays
North Iowa's Carlson Free Farm offers wreath-making workshops

Nothing else declares that you’re home for the holidays like an evergreen wreath hanging on the front door, welcoming family, neighbors and the occasional delivery person dropping off holiday packages.

Perhaps that’s why holiday wreaths have become a growing share of the family business at Carlson Tree Farm in Hampton. In recent years, the wreaths have outsold the fresh-cut Christmas trees, says Michelle Hartman, daughter of the farm’s owners, Dennis and Cathy Carlson, who are Franklin County Farm Bureau members.

Every holiday season, the Carlsons offer on-farm workshops for up to 200 guests to create their own wreaths...

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