“Welcome. Would you like a cup of glogg?” Gunilla Jansson asks customers as they enter the small gift shop on the tree farm in rural Carlton.

Glogg is a Swedish drink made of apple cider and loganberry, similar to hot cider. She also offered pepparkakor, a cookie similar to a gingersnap.

Gunilla and her husband, Goran, were born in Sweden and split their time between both countries every year. The quiet farmstead has been in the Gunillas' family for generations.

The land had been cleared decades ago, but brush took over part of the land. The couple decided to plant trees to sell at Christmas about 13 years ago. The local deer were excited about the new buffet and ate the majority of the little trees.

Gunilla Jansson pours glogg, a Swedish drink made of apple cider and loganberry, similar to hot cider. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Gunilla Jansson pours glogg, a Swedish drink made of apple cider and loganberry, similar to hot cider. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

The couple researched to find trees that were less appealing to the deer population. They now have about 250 fraser firs, blue spruce and douglas fir to choose from. Customers choose their tree and Goran cuts it down for them.

Mary Hagen played the harp as a group of women looked through Gunillas homemade goods for sale. There are placemats, Christmas ornaments, bundles of firewood, among other items. As the women milled about in the small, wood, one room building, the lone male commented there were too many women and quickly exited the room.

About 20 families came through the farm and purchased trees during the grand opening.

The Janssons are keeping a short schedule as they see how much demand there is for their trees.

They are open daily 1-7 p.m. until they close Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact them on Facebook at "SwedishChristmasinMinnesota" or call 218-355-8259.

Mary Hagen plays the harp during the Jansson Tree farm grand opening Friday, November 29. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Mary Hagen plays the harp during the Jansson Tree farm grand opening Friday, November 29. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal

Other Christmas tree locations

  • Chub Lake Tree Farm, 1867 E. Chub Lake Road, Carlton. A choose-and-cut farm.
  • Butkiewicz Family Farm, 6714 Butkiewicz Road (second driveway), 7 miles west of Kettle River: Pick your own spruce or balsam tree up to 15 feet tall and they will cut it for you. Raspberry jams and jellies are available. Costs: $30 for a 6- to 8-foot tree; $40 for 9-10 feet; $50 for 11-12 feet; and $55 for a longer than 12 feet. Cash or check only; no cards. Visit www.butkiewiczfamilyfarm.com/gallery/index.php or call 218-273-6100.
  • Vichorek Tree Farm, Moose Lake. Take Minnesota Highway 61 out of Moose Lake to Mills Road. There is a sign for the tree farm. Trees range from 5-8 feet and all are trimmed. Balsam, blue and white spruce, red/Norway pine, all $35. Small table trees available as well as large wreaths. Call 218-485-8526.
  • B&B Market, 506 Big Lake Road, Cloquet. Pre-cut trees and wreaths available. The trees are from Mora and Sandstone, Minn., and range from $25-$60.
  • Tree lot in Super One parking lot, Cloquet. Trees from Butternut, Wis. Wreaths also available.
  • Sue and Rod Holmes, Wrenshall. Go 7 miles southeast of Wrenshall on the west side of Minnesota Highway 23 across from fire number 3030. Cut your own tree for a donation to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital. Call 218-384-4256.