||We went to the same place as last year (and the year before, and the year before that...), a you-cut tree farm just off route 138 near (and owned by) The Farmer's Daughter plant nursery. Before this place opened, most years we got our trees from a you-cut tree farm owned by the parents of the owner of The Farmer's Daughter. (Yes, she really is a farmer's daughter.)
The tree we picked was one of the older trees there. (Jill counted eleven
or twelve rings, which would mean this tree was planted shortly after we
moved to Rhode Island.) Lower branches had been pruned away as it had grown.
We like its shape and its fullness... and Jill discovered another advantage
of picking an older, taller tree like this one: you don't have to get down
on your knees to try to cut almost at ground level; you can cut standing