EVANS, Ga. (WJBF)- Plum Tree Farms has put thousands of Christmas tress in homes across the area for three decades now, but to do that, the men who work there have to give up holiday time with their own families back home in North Carolina.
You can only find Plum Tree Farms’ Christmas Trees if you know where to go.
“The repeat customers…they know where we’re at,” said Randy Burleson. “And then if we get any new customers, somebody’s about got to tell them where we’re at.”
They’re tucked behind a row of trees and a shopping center on Washington Rd. next door to the BMW dealership and across the street from Club Car.
But they still sell around 800 or 900 trees each year.
“We took back about 12 last year,” Burleson said. “I think’s all we had left.”
They friendly service and healthy trees have kept customers coming back for 30 years to find the perfect tree.
“That’s the greatest feeling,” Randy Beaver said. “Right now we’re getting kids in here [whose] parents used to come here when they was kids. So that’s a lot to just look at and realize what you’re doing for your families here.”
But it comes at a personal cost. The Plum Tree Farms men bring their trees down from their home state of North Carolina each year, which means spending some of the holidays far from their own families.
“This makes 29 years that I’ve been away from them on Thanksgiving,” Beaver said.
They work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week leading up to Christmas. They even sleep at the lot.
But they say the camaraderie they share we each other and the kindness of the local people makes it easier.
“We got people down here that brings us Thanksgiving dinner out every year,” Beaver said. “Some girls that work at the waffle house up here’s doing it now.”
They say they also sometimes receive baked goods and meals during the week from their customers as well.
They give away the trees they don’t sell to families who can’t afford them.