As hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley families are ready to pick their Christmas tree, one popular SCV lot is ready for their last Christmas for “cut-your-own” trees.
Nancy’s Ranch, which has been in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1978, is no longer planting Christmas trees for people to cut down, said business owner Nancy Roatcap.
Roatcap plans to plant pumpkins on her 8-acre lot where the “cut-your-own” Christmas trees have been planted each year for more than four decades.
The move is a less lucrative one for Roatcap, but it’s out of necessity because the leased land that the ranch is on is for sale, Roatcap said.
“I don’t sell nearly as many pumpkins as I do with christmas trees,” Roatcap said. “Right now, I have been growing pumpkins, but I buy elsewhere for the other ones I need.”
“Cut-your-own” trees are $55 any size, while the most popular type of tree, Douglas Fir, that are already cut are $65 for a 6- or 7-foot tree or $85 for a 7- or 8-foot tree.
Nancy’s Ranch is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends. The “cut-your-own” field closes at dusk.
“My dad opened the first farm in Santa Paula, which is still open, in 1968,” Roatcap said. “He planted the first trees out here in 1978 and sold the first ones in 1980.”
This is the 45th year that the Roatcap family has been in business.
“It’s been a great run and I really enjoyed it,” she said when asked how long she plans to run the business. “Sometimes you’re the person who can leave and sometimes you cannot. For as long as it makes sense and provides living for a couple people besides myself, I want to stick with it for as long as I can at this point.”