Buying a Christmas tree from the Cozzolino family takes on special meaning this holiday season

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on December 16, 2015

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An article in the San Francisco Chronicle last Friday got us motivated to go over the hill to Half Moon Bay where the Cozzolino Christmas tree lot is tucked in next to Spanish Town off of Highway 92  just before getting into town.

Tony Cozzolino_verticalFor years, we’ve been fans of the Cozzolino family, who bring their flowers, pumpkins, eggs, and, at this time of the year, Christmas trees, to the Menlo Park Farmers Market. So, we were saddened to read that Tony Cozzolino’s 26-year-old wife, Stephanie, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The holidays, needless to say, are less jolly this year.

Standing amidst the trees grown on the family farm — Noble , Grand and Nordmann firs — Tony told us about the outpouring of support the family has received. “People have driven two hours, just to buy trees from us,” he said. “And our competitors have sent over people to help on busy days. It’s been amazing.”

In addition, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up. It will help support the family when the tree selling is over. Tony hopes to take at least a month off, except for caring for their 400 chickens mornings and evenings.

Tony’s father, Alex, plans to have trees for sale at the next Farmers Market this Sunday. “But if it’s raining hard like last week, we probably won’t go,” Tony said.

As for the Half Moon Bay lot, Tony expects to sell out by Sunday. So, if you still haven’t bought your tree, consider making the trek over the hill before then.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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