2018 Dates and Hours

Friday, November 23.........10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 24.....10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 25.........1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 1.......10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 2...........1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Kruse Family

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John Kruse, Drew and Kate Warnock, Loren and Liz Kruse

The Kruse family farm began in 1930 when John H. Kruse married Johanna Gerdes, daughter of the minister at Lincoln Center Church, and they moved to the farm just a mile south of the church. John and Johanna reared four children: Marian Sherman of Aplington, a retired teacher at Aplington-Parkersburg; Elinore Aiken, deceased; Dorothy Clark, who retired from GNB Bank in Grundy Center; and Loren Kruse of Ankeny, who retired in 2012 as Editor-in-Chief of Successful Farming magazine in Des Moines. John and Johanna, both now deceased, moved from the farm in 1979 after 50 years. The farm has been in Loren's care since that time. He added Christmas trees as a new enterprise in 1981 when he planted the first seedlings with the help of his nephew Steven Aiken, now deceased.

Loren enjoys spending much more time at the farm — and less hurried as well — since his retirement from Meredith Corporation. Liz, in addition to making all the wreaths and swags, is a part-time copy editor for Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media. John works in West Des Moines, and Kate and husband Drew Warnock live and work in St. Louis.

Contact Us

Christmas trees:


Wreaths & Swags:


20420 Q Avenue
Grundy Center, IA 50638

Directions from Grundy Center: 2 miles north on
IA HWY 14, 3 miles east on 215th St. (Zaneta blacktop), 1 Mile north on Q Avenue.

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"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12

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