Up North U.S. 81 a few miles out of town sits a bright-red barn, surrounded by Christmas trees, blackberry plants, a few sheep and chickens.
This is Red Bird Farm, an agritourism destination owned by Kent and Becky Evatt. The farm, which opened this year, is gearing up for the fall season where they will offer pre-cut and u-cut Christmas trees starting Black Friday.
The farm held a sort of soft opening this past week with a Porter Peach sale, where they also sold TLC grass-fed beef, farm-fresh eggs, fresh flowers and jams.
“We didn’t know if it would be crickets and no one would come, or what it would be like,” Becky said. “But it was wild.”
Becky and Kent started the Christmas tree portion of the farm five years ago, and built a house where they moved to the farm three years ago. The couple has lived in Enid for about 10 years and Becky said it is “definitely home now” since they’ve put down some roots.
“We didn’t have any intentions of living out here but we soon discovered it’s a lot easier to check on your plants and stuff if you just walk out your door, rather than a 15-20 minute trek from town,” Becky said.
Although the farm’s main product is Christmas trees, they also have been growing blackberry plants, raising chickens and selling other items.
They plan to hold another peach sale by the end of the month and will also hold a flower arrangement workshop July 20, but the fa rm’s first bigger event is planned for the fall when Christmas is right around the corner.
Becky said the event will be a harvest barn sale, where there will be some antique-salvage opportunities, sweet potatoes, pecans, heirloom pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales and more “fun shopping.”
“It’s seasonal, so anytime we have a holiday we’re going to try and have something centered around that theme,” Becky said.
Christmastime will be the tree sale, Easter will be an egg hunt in the trees and then they hope to have peaches again next summer along with sweet corn and their first harvest of blackberries.
“We just want to be kind of a place where people could come and stroll through the flowers or blackberries and trees, just get some fresh air,” Becky said. “Learn about where your food comes from a little bit.”
Kent said it takes about five to six years to get their first sellable trees, so although they have been working with them for years this will be their first harvest. Their first year they planted 35 trees.
“It’s kind of a test, to see if we could do it, see if we liked it,” Kent said. “Then next year we went in with 6 or 700.”
The Evatts have four children, and they said their farmwork is definitely a family affair where every day is a new adventure.
“It’s work ethic for the kids, it’s big-time important,” Kent said. “They get into it, they love it.”
The Evatts also have chickens, guinea birds, babydoll sheep and are looking into getting a miniature donkey to have a Nativity-themed petting zoo for Christmastime.
“Definitely (most excited for) Christmas,” Becky said. “Everybody gets in the Christmas spirit but we really hope to bring back the reason for the season, put focus back where it needs to be. Sometimes you just get marketed to death, and just step away from the media frenzy … and just come out and get some fresh air.”
Kent said he hopes their farm can help to offer a reprieve for people during the Christmas season to go back to creating memories over the holidays.
“It’s a time of year where you make memories with your family, but it’s also just gotten twisted into this huge barrage of marketing,” Kent said. “We hope people will … just come out and get some hot apple cider, and walk around the trees, and just pet the animals, take some pictures with your kids and just step away from it for a minute.”