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Appleton Creamery hosts Christmas Tree Drop-off

By Gabriel Blodgett | Jan 06, 2020
Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett Jessie and Annie Odgren get acquainted with some of the goats at Appleton Creamery's Christmas Tree Drop-off Jan. 6.

Appleton — As many households bid reluctant or merciful farewell to the holiday season, their recycled Christmas trees will continue to provide cheer for another local family.

On Jan. 6, Appleton Creamery held its annual Christmas Tree Drop-off, where local residents donated their used trees to the herd of goats, who will enjoy munching on them throughout the winter.

Brad Hunter, who owns the Creamery with his wife Caitlin and daughter Fiona, said they have been giving the herd - which now numbers close to 50 - the family Christmas tree for years, but three years ago decided to open the tradition to the public and organize an annual winter event to bring people to the farm.

He said as “browsers,” the goats enjoy putting in some effort to find their food, so along with the Vitamin C and roughage provided by the trees, the goats get a more exciting dining experience than the hay they generally subsist on throughout the winter.

They also like the taste.

“It’s like candy for them,” said Hunter who said they will ration out the trees for several weeks.

The celebration brought visitors of all ages who were treated to cookies and hot chocolate and the opportunity to spend some time with some of the more social members of the herd.

If the official drop-off day was too early for some families to get rid of their trees, Hunter said people are welcome to continue dropping off trees at the farm, located at 780 Gurney Town Road in Appleton, provided they have not been sprayed and have had all the ornaments and tinsel removed.

Camden-Rockport Middle School students will also hold a Christmas tree pick-up fundraiser Saturday Jan. 11 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to benefit the Japanese exchange program and ensure that “all students selected have a chance to participate… regardless of income,” according to a press release.

Residents of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton, and Lincolnville wishing to make a donation should contact Sally Lane Smith at or 617-784-1009 with their address and phone number and leave their tree outside with a donation attached for the students to collect and bring to the Creamery.

(Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett)
(Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett)
(Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett)
(Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett)
(Photo by: Gabriel Blodgett)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 06, 2020 12:54

Great pictures. Are you related to Cindy Blodgett, the UMO basketball star of years ago? Love the pictures, thanks.

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