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Christmas tree farm expects busy season after record year


December 15, 2021

A crew of young employees plants evergreen seedlings at Daniken Tree Farm in Bond County. David and Joey Daniken grow six species of pine, spruce and fir, totaling 45,000 trees, on 70 acres. (Photo courtesy of Daniken Tree Farm)

By Kay Shipman,


Bond County Farm Bureau member David Daniken anticipates a busy holiday season, but topping last year's record will be tough. In 2020, Daniken and his wife, Joey, sold the most trees in the family farm's 53-year history.

In October, Daniken, a Marine veteran, started getting questions about whether trees will be available.

"There are only so many trees, but we've got plenty. I'm not going to run out," he said he assured customers.

The Daniken Tree Farm began with 500 trees planted by Maurice and Betty Daniken before their son and daughter-in-law bought the busin...

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