Famous Santa Cruz Christmas tree farm...

Famous Santa Cruz Christmas tree farm, Crest Ranch, opens today

There are 15 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Nov 21, 2009, titled Famous Santa Cruz Christmas tree farm, Crest Ranch, opens today. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Even Hollywood has heard of Fred Jensen's Christmas trees. The 78-year-old owner of Crest Ranch drove to Los Angeles last month in heavy rain and storms, hauling 60 pines, white firs and Douglas firs in a trailer.

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United States

#1 Nov 21, 2009
Crest Ranch is a tradition in my family. We look forward to going every year. It's a great place!


#2 Nov 21, 2009
Well done Crest Ranch. We have come to your Farm for many years. The most memeorable was one year cutting our tree in a snow storm. Even though it was cold it made for a special Christmas that year. I wish you well through these holidays and for many more good years to come.
Scrooge cant wait

Belmont, CA

#3 Nov 21, 2009
For the seasonal mini van drivers going 25 up empire grade refusing to pull over. It gets even better when they are driving down the mountain going 20 swerving all over the road trying to get their screaming kids to shut up in the back seat. I just love the holidays.
Come on Do the math

Santa Cruz, CA

#4 Nov 21, 2009
How can people be coming up for 50 years..."bought it in 1973, it's 2009...okay an embelishment..
Still impressive run Fred, congrats!
In The Know

Walnut Creek, CA

#5 Nov 21, 2009
Maybe I missed it but I didnt see that the location was mentioned in the article. I know its on Empire Grade in Bonny Doon past the cdc/Calfire Camp but it telling where its located would probably help those who dont know. Again, maybe I just missed seeing it.
Local Lurker

Oakland, CA

#6 Nov 21, 2009
Creat Ranch is a great place. A lot more memorable experience then buying a xmas tree at a lot or lumber yard for sure. A bit of a dive up into the hills, but well worth it. I'm just waiting for the obligitory Santa Cruz ELF member to complain that cutting live xmas trees is not "eviornmentally sustainable"...
SC Local

Boulder Creek, CA

#7 Nov 21, 2009
Your kidding who can afford to throw away money on a Xmas tree? Must be nice to be rich.
Why why why

United States

#8 Nov 21, 2009
"Established in 1948, Crest Ranch Christmas Tree Farm is the oldest choose and cut Christmas tree farm in the Western United States."
The Crest Ranch has been selling trees for 61.
A Christmas tree and a family outing. Not expensive. Cheaper than a tree-lot,
plus it's a lot of fun.
To be a human, pick any winter celebration and share some happiness with friends.
To be a humbug, stay home and keep all for yourself. No one will care.

San Jose, CA

#9 Nov 21, 2009
We have many great memories in my family of packing the kids, dog and picnic in the old VW van and going to Crest Ranch for the day to pick and cut our tree. Tromping around all day to find the PERFECT tree was a great family adventure. Then when we found it we all took turns with the saw to cut it down. Even when it was raining it was fun! And as someone else posted, it was a reasonable price to pay for a day's entertainment for the whole family. Now we have a live tree that lives in a LARGE pot on the deck and gets wheeled in and decorated for two weeks during the holidays. It's nice, but I miss the old Crest Ranch excursions.
Jonathan Jupp

Provo, UT

#10 Nov 21, 2009
Our favorite spot - been going there for 20 years
Christ Puncher

Daly City, CA

#12 Nov 22, 2009
Some of my greatest childhood memories are on that farm.
Fred Swanton

Guerneville, CA

#13 Nov 22, 2009
One of the wild things about Crest Ranch is that it seems that every single tree is a perfect shape. It's bizarre. But they are all out of central casting. Really nice. And they last for a month if you refill the water. My family has gone there for 10 years and will be back soon. Ho ho ho....
Crest Ranch

Union City, CA

#14 Nov 22, 2009
Come on Do the math wrote:
How can people be coming up for 50 years..."bought it in 1973, it's 2009...okay an embelishment..
Still impressive run Fred, congrats!
Fred Jensen purchased Crest Ranch from the original owner, Howard Nielsen.

San Francisco, CA

#15 Nov 23, 2009
Come on Do the math wrote:
How can people be coming up for 50 years..."bought it in 1973, it's 2009...okay an embelishment..
Still impressive run Fred, congrats!
The tree farm had previous owners who purchased it in about 1948. They operated the farm and sold trees before it was purchased by the Jensens. The tree farm has been operating for 50 years.

Martinez, CA

#16 Dec 6, 2009
Would be great if they would put an address.

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