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Business builds seasonal, rural tradition
Raye Nakles creates one of the wreaths the Brewers sell, along with trees and other seasonal items on their farm. Nakles' wreaths have earned ribbons a the Georgia State Fair for four years straight. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins


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While searching for the perfect Christmas tree, people can still spot one of the first trees Paschal Brewer planted 35 years ago on the Brewer’s Christmas Tree Farm in Midway.
“It was family and friends to start with,” he said.
Since the beginning of the farm, Paschal and Judy Brewer have opened their crop to the public and even expanded to invite area schools to the farm.
Judy Brewer turns into Christmas Tree Judy and school groups enjoy a puppet show before a tour of the tree farm. Part of the tour is by hayride and Christmas Tree Judy leads children in Christmas songs along the way.
In addition to a tree, people can take home a wreath made by Raye Nakles. Her wreaths have won blue ribbons four years in a row at the Georgia State Fair, keeping people pre-ordering the authentic wreaths to hang on front doors or over mantles.
“They like how I mix the greens,” Nakles said.
“They got an awesome place here,” a  resident of Hinesville said, referring to the farm.
Stewart visited with Ireta Headly and her son, Nathan Headly, to pick out and cut down a tree.
“(These are) memories kids are always going to remember,” Ireta Headly said.
“We allow pre-selection of trees as early as November,” Paschal Brewer explained.
People can choose and cut a tree the same day or mark a tree to come back to cut later.
The Brewers help people prepare the tree and provide instructions on proper care and maintenance.
Paschal Brewer will drill the tree trunk and explain how to mount and water the tree so will last longer in homes.
He will also net the tree and help strap it to tops of cars.
The Brewers are proud of the trees in their farm.
“We sell a tradition,” Judy Brewer said. “We sell a family affair.”
“If you cut it yourself, you’re not going to get any fresher than that,” Paschal Brewer said.
Judy Brewer said the weekend is when “the tradition part really kicks in.”
The Brewer farm bustles from daylight to dark with families strolling through the rows of trees, children on hayrides and hot apple cider and cocoa served.
For information, call 884-5292 or visit their Web site at
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