Susan Grelinger never has to decide between a real tree or an artificial one.
She and her husband, Bob, have owned Windy Knoll Tree Farm since 1979 and produced their first harvest of Christmas trees in 1986.
For years they ran it as a side business – she was a teacher at Robinson Middle School and he was a scheduler at what was then Raytheon Aircraft. A decade ago, both retired from their jobs and now run the farm northeast of Derby. They have six acres planted in trees and have sold about 500 so far this year, up about 8 percent from last year. This year, they produced the tree for the Governor’s mansion, a 10-foot tall scotch pine.