How to Buy a Christmas Tree: R and R Christmas Trees in Neptune Beach

Over in Neptune Beach, we met Rick Sauls, who runs R and R Christmas Trees on the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road, at the edge of the Winn-Dixie parking lot.  Rick and his partner from Michigan have been selling Christmas trees, from Michigan, for twenty years here.  They’ve employed lots of beaches youth with seasonal holiday jobs over the years.

Grown in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (which we happen to know is the middle of that state), they bring in both Fraser Furs and Scotch Pines.  Rick Sauls concurs with the other two tree sellers we talked with when he told us that the Fraser Fur is the most popular tree for beaches buyers.  Rick showed us how to evaluate a tree’s freshness – grasp a branch and run your fingers in the opposite direction of the needles’ growth to see if any fall.  He tells us that their trees are cut then immediately transported right here to Neptune Beach so his customers are buying a fresh and fragrant tree grown in Christmas tree country: the cold north!

Everyone at the beach has probably donated to BEAM at one time or another – or been a recipient of its aid.  R and R Christmas Trees is now  receiving your donations to BEAM  here at the lot.  If you want to help fill the shelves at BEAM all you need to do is to come to the corner of Atlantic and Penman and drop  it off and they will get your donations over to BEAM.  You don’t even need to buy a tree from them!  (But it would be nice if you did.)

Here we chatted with Rick about Christmas trees – he gives us some good tree advice, a bit of backstory on his lot, and their work with BEAM. Enjoy!





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Jeannie Greenwald is a freelance photographer, neighborhoods evangelist, and editor-in-chief of The Beaches Online. She is also a degreed psychologist and occasionally works as an adoption social worker for Jacksonville area families. She founded The Beaches Online, LLC, in 2011 to write about the happenings in 'the beaches' - the island-without-a-name, in Duval and St. Johns Counties, Florida. Always equipped with cameras, she roams the beaches, the string of barrier islands from Amelia to Anastasia, and also journeys inland, to the rural banks of Florida's blackwater rivers, and the pristine, freshwater springs. Jeannie's lived at the beaches for twelve years, and considers herself a common-law native. She celebrates the joy of living in a coastal community that prides itself on its beautiful beaches and strong, independent local business community.

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