North Spoon - a Christmas Tree farm experience

Growing up, I would dream with my dad about what our "ranch" might be called one day...we would talk about what if we 'hit it big' and we landed a ranch ( a farm), what would we call this place? One day, without hesitation, my dad looked across the truck as we drove down the gravel driveway to feed our horses, and proclaimed to me he knew exactly what we would call our dream ranch: The North Spoon.

That day, a name was born and a memory was planted within a young man's heart. I'm not sure if my dad was fishing for a title, sufficing the dreams of his son, or dreaming of what might be for himself....but one thing we know: we never forgot the name.

When Olivia and I felt the prompting from the Lord to seek out land, we began praying about what 'this place' would be like and what we hoped for. It wasn't long and we felt this impression in our hearts to consider starting a Christmas Tree farm! There's a cross-story here where another dear family in our community had taken us in as friends and were big fans of Young Life and it's mission. Through the process of watching God provide a small farm for our family, our affinity for raising up Christmas trees and serving our community continued to rise. One day, I discussed this with the late Steve Lockett, and how we felt like whenever they were ready to get out of the Christmas tree business, we would have an interest in getting in! He only encouraged our involvement even more so!

As time went by, and Steve went to be with the Lord, the Lockett family had learned of our desire. They began helping us with resources in the tree business and some quality counsel along the way (still much to learn). The outcome of this long time friendship with our family and the Lockett family at Buttermilk Farms has been deep friendship, shared memories and the onset of The North Spoon Christmas Tree Farm at our home and small farm along with a second location - we are continuing a long tradition of Norway Spruce Christmas trees at Buttermilk Farms! We felt like with the birth of our pipe dream come true, the extension of grace and tidings of joy from the Lockett family, we wanted to honor our friend and mentor, Steve Lockett.

Each year we will open up the Christmas Tree season with 'opening weekend' at Buttermilk Farms for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving to continue this long line of tradition.

Bare with us as we re-grow some trees and re-establish a presence on that farm.

Grow with us as we develop a new tradition at our home and show you our progress each year as we raise up White Pine, Virginia Pine, and Douglas Fir trees with some Norway Spruces mixed in! During the interim and more than likely over time, we will keep offering fresh cut Fraser Firs from the North Carolina Appalachias!

All are welcome! Come on out for a Christmas Tree Farm experience: hayrides, hot chocolate, bonfires, our farm animals, and certainly Christmas Trees and Christmas wreaths for your family!

Blessings to you and yours!

Andy Ogle

North Spoon Christmas Trees owned & operated by Andy & Olivia Ogle and their family.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fall turns to Christmas preparations = a Farm Experience

 (Steve Lockett & family @ Buttermilk Farms) 
(Andy Ogle & sons Wyatt and Boone) 

As we look back over the years, Buttermilk Farms founder, Steve Lockett, was a great source of encouragement and counsel for the Ogle family and our pipe dream of starting / running our very own Christmas Tree farm! Many days we would sit under those trees (top right of tractor pic) and he would listen to stories of how Young Life ministry was going and how the Ogle family was doing. He would always smile and point us in a good direction - indeed, a good man.

As we would cut down our tree every year, the richness and experience grew! Our hope for you is quite the same - we hope you'll join us this year as we raise up trees at our home and we re-plant moving forward at Buttermilk Farms.

What will the atmosphere be like? 

Nostalgic. A farm feel. Hayrides, Hot Chocolate, fun farm animals, a few Ogle family members and perhaps some friends with a smile on our face saying "hi" and "Merry Christmas"! 

Come join us this season...

Opening November 24th 10 AM 


  1. We are very excited! Do you now own buttermilk Christmas tree farms? We have been going there the last 7 years to cut our tree. We generally receive an email or a letter with information, but did not receive anything this year.

  2. Hi Erin, please let us know if you did not receive the email update from Buttermilk Farms; it should have shown up near the time of your comment to us. Thanks! -ao