WORCESTER TOWNSHIP, PA – A family-owned Christmas tree business has operated in this central Montgomery County community for nearly a century.
Bustard’s Quality Christmas Trees in Worcester Township first opened in 1929 and has since become a popular staple during the holiday season, serving festive families in Montgomery County and beyond.
The company even boasts of supplying the official White House Christmas tree in 2015, no doubt a great honor for this local Montco family business.
Bustard’s recently drew some attention from 6 ABC, which reported that people from the state of Delaware, up to an hour away, were driving to buy their Christmas trees for the season.
According to the company, the seasonal business specializes in large trees and offers Douglas fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, Concolor fir, balsam fir and Nordmann fir.
“We care about our customers and strive to provide you with quality service and assistance in choosing the right tree and greenery for your home,” the company’s website reads.
Bustard’s says what sets them apart from the competition is that they grow all of their own quality trees on their four farms and then fell the trees to sell fresh in their retail stores.
The company also says it offers customer amenities like the boardwalks throughout their tree lot so people don’t have to “slop around in the snow or mud”; Cut the bottom of trees for customers to ensure they fit into tree stands; offering to drill trees directly into customers’ stands; clean trees with a mechanical shaker to remove all debris; help customers load trees into their vehicles; and provide “knowledgeable assistance” to keep customers from wandering aimlessly.
In addition to trees, Bustard’s also offers handmade wreaths, rope, garlands, and other items for the holiday season.
An article in the Mercury newspaper last year said Bustard’s also participated in the annual Trees for Troops event, which aims to help military families by sending Christmas trees to those serving the country overseas.
This article credits business owner Jay Bustard who talks about the benefits of buying real Christmas trees versus fake ones during the holiday season.
As for the official White House Christmas tree a few years ago, the Intelligencer reported that Bustard’s received the honor after winning the 2015 Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association competition and then the National Christmas Tree Association’s White House Christmas tree competition.
“We’re the first family in southeastern Pennsylvania to ever win,” Jay Bustard told The Intelligencer in late November of that year.
The Bustard family is a well-known family in this part of Montgomery County.
The Christmas tree shop is located on a section of Bustard Road named in honor of the family, which has longstanding roots in Worcester Township.