Fred is no longer with us, but his hobby has blossomed into a thriving family business. Werner Tree Farm sits on the outskirts of Middlebury, with about 20,000 trees of a dozen or so species spread over 36 acres. During the spring and early summer, we go out among them planting new saplings in the gaps between trees in the rows to replace those that were cut during the winter. Later in the summer and the fall, we go back again with our shearing knives and carefully trim and shape each one again. And finally, when November comes around, we convert my father's woodworking shop into the Christmas Shop. And for the 4-5 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it becomes a central part of our lives.
- William Werner