Friday, October 28, 2011

Mobile Tour Opens at The Rocks

There’s a new way to explore The Rocks Estate! Our Mobile Tour of the 1,400-acre property uses Quick Response (QR codes), allowing visitors to pull up information about some of the Estate’s historic buildings, the different types of Christmas trees we grow here, and the Forest Society’s wildlife habitat and forest management efforts at The Rocks.

Using their smart phones to snap a photo of the QR code (they look like abstract black and white designs) on each sign of the Mobile Tour, visitors to The Rocks are able to access historic photos of the Estate. Some of the codes also share knowledge from The Rocks’ staff about the various types of Christmas trees, helping visitors to determine which type of tree is best for them! There are 13 signs on the Mobile Tour.

“It’s a really fun and easy way for visitors to learn about The Rocks, whether they’re here to select a Christmas tree, visiting our Maple Experience museum, or just exploring our trail network,” said Manley. “History is very important to us at The Rocks, but we try to be a little bit cutting edge, too.”

Monday, October 3, 2011

Online shopping - farm fresh trees, wreaths and more!

At The Rocks Estate, Christmas is always on our minds. If the holidays are on your mind, too, we invite you to let the season begin – by browsing our online shop.

We’re already accepting orders on farm fresh Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, and everything else you’ll need to deck the halls this holiday season, from ornaments and fragrant garland to tree stands and wreath hangers. Order your beautiful farm grown Christmas tree now, and we’ll deliver it whenever you wish, from mid-November to mid-December.

We’ve recently redesigned our online shop to make it easier than ever to place your order for the holidays. Our new shop features a streamlined checkout process, wish list feature, and additional shipping options. And for all you smart phone and tablet users, we’ve added a mobile shopping option, too.

To see one of our wreath makers at work, visit The Rocks YouTube page for a wreath making video. You’ll also be able to watch Rocks Estate manager Nigel Manley tag trees in the field to prepare for mail order shipments.

The Rocks is also open weekends from now through October 16th for folks who’d like to visit the farm in person to tag a tree now and return closer to Christmas to harvest that tree. We open for the regular Christmas tree season November 19th.

We hope to see you – online or at the farm – this holiday season!