Oak Shade Farm

What you will find here

First, you will find us, Jim and Sally Mello, and our crew of helpers, who are all members of our family. This is our 26th year of Christmas tree sales. You will also find a lovely setting. Our farm sits atop a hill and offers a sweeping view of the Blue Ridge mountains. Our tree fields radiate out from the hilltop and we have walking trails which wind through our woods, with native trees and plants highlighted along the way. When you arrive you will be invited to visit our greenhouse for some cider and cookies. The children with you may want to spend a few minutes coloring or holding the baby bunnies raised by our daughter Jeanne. When you are ready to look for your tree we will provide a saw, and when you return with your tree we will bundle it for you and tie it onto your vehicle. You will return to the greenhouse to pay for the tree, and might want to take a few minutes to look over the jams, honey and other products we have for sale. We usually have a warm fire in the firepit as well, where you might want to sip your cider. Throughout your visit we pledge that you will be met with smiles and friendship, and will be given all the help we can offer. Our purpose is to make your visit a happy one for all members of the family.

For those with allergies or other concerns we note that we use no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers on the farm.

Visit our website at www.oakshadefarm.net

Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 1 to 5; Friday through Sunday 9 to 5; closed Monday


From Warrenton…Take Route 211 west for about 8 miles to the intersection with Route 229. Turn left on 229 and travel about 6 miles to Route 611, Waterford Road. Go right on 611 for 1 mile to Waterford Run Lane and come up the drive.

From Culpeper…Take Route 229 north through Rixeyville and across the Hazel River. Take a left on Route 611, Waterford Road, and proceed 1 mile to Waterford Run Lane and come up the drive.

Here is where the things we have for sale in our greenhouse come from:

  • Sally and daughter Jeanne Day make the hooked rugs

  • Jim does the weaving, harvests the honey and makes the candles

  • Sally, Grandchildren Steve Day and Caroline Mello, and Sally's sister Judy maked the jams