“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.
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.