The Matthes Family welcomes you to our Christmas Tree Farm in Southeast Michigan, as we have for over 50 years.
From Thanksgiving until Christmas, we offer a family “farm” atmosphere for you to create lasting memories.
Here at Matthes Tree Farm, our family and our dedicated staff are more excited than ever and want to make your Christmas tree selection and other activities an enjoyable experience. We are primarily a choose and cut farm during the Christmas season, offering 80 acres of pines, spruces and firs to wander through. If you’re visiting on a weekend, stay and enjoy the 15-foot decorated tree, the live entertainment, crafters, Santa Claus, refreshments, petting zoo, pony rides and our own Christmas Shop where we create wreaths, roping and decorations with our own fresh greens.
In 2016, the farm was purchased by Caleb and Kate Matthes, along with the support of their whole family. They currently have three kids: Kaden, Collin and Corinne. They are committed to keeping the “farm” look and feel along with continuing the traditions that so many people have come to love at Christmas time.
As time went on, the family’s kids and grandkids started to help out around the farm. There were many other activities and offerings added. The trees also changed as well from the traditional pines to more firs being offered. Wilbert was often heard saying, “We aren’t just selling trees, we’re providing an experience,” as many of his customers are now second or third generation. Wilbert and Peg never thought when they cut their first tree that they would be one of the largest “choose and cut” Christmas tree farms in the state of Michigan. The festive atmosphere included decorations, a huge Christmas tree and the presence of Santa Claus which created a family tradition for many in the community.
In 1984, two weeks after the season ended, the old barn burned to the ground along with cherished family mementos. In an attempt to recreate the “old barn look”, four entire barns were dismantled, hauled to the farm and used inside of the barn.
As the farm grew, Wilbert and Peg began to listen to what the customers were wanting and started offering a few food and drink items. This idea also started to grow and soon it was obvious they needed to expand on the idea. In 1978, they started to remodel the original 100-year-old barn to make a warming room and display area.
In 1953, Wilbert and Peg Matthes founded Matthes Evergreen Farm. The land they bought is the same piece of land the farm still currently operates on today. After much work clearing brush and installing drainage tile, the first trees were planted on the farm. After a few years, the trees had reached a marketable size and an opportunity presented itself. The first few years it started on a small scale basis, but as more trees were being planted and more trees were being sold, the farm started to take off and grow in size.
Keeping tradition in the American family!
Tradition means a lot to our family and our business. We are third-generation tree farm operators and while many things must change, family tradition is not one of them. We embrace the values from our grandparents, and love to pass them on from our family to yours.