METROPOLIS, Ill. — It’s a family affair for the McGinnis Christmas Tree Farm to prepare the 400 or so flocked trees with just the right the touch.
Myron and Heather McGinnis have been flocking Christmas trees for years, but this year’s trees are closer to their family than ever. After working previously with extended family across the river in Paducah, Ky., the McGinnises have branched out on their own.
That included packing up the whole family — all six of them — into the pickup truck for the trip to North Carolina to pick up their first batch of fresh-cut Frasier firs. Once home, they started work immediately on a long list of orders.
McGinnis is retired from the U.S. Army and an active member of the Homegrown by Heroes farm development program for veterans.
Besides running tree-flocking operation, McGinnis has 10 colonies of bees and plans to start a bee supply shop as the Rolling Acres Bee Farm.