Joe Schrempps sold his first Christmas tree in 1986. Generations of local families have been making their annual pilgrimage to Schrempps Christmas Tree Farm in CLinton, CT ever since.
Joe always loved working outdoors and enjoyed a long career in the nursery industry. When he retired in 1979, Joe renovated an abandoned dairy farm in Clinton, Connecticut. He cleared the unproductive apple trees, hauled away the biggest rocks and started planting Christmas trees. Every year he added another block of trees. The 17-acre farm now has over 16,000 Christmas trees.
Andy and Dawn Piazza live near the farm and help their Uncle Joe manage the Christmas trees. Both Andy and Dawn have off-farm, full-time jobs. After their workdays and on most weekends, they each grab a pair of hedge trimmers to hand prune their trees. “This is our second full-time job. It takes pretty much the whole season to trim all the trees,” said Andy. [ Learn more here.]