Dec 17, 2014 7:37 AM
Family feud closes Concord Christmas tree farm
CONCORD - Rossview Farms has been owned by the Ross family since 1957 and is one of the most popular places in the Concord area to cut your own Christmas tree . . . but not this year.
The Ross family is in the middle of a bitter family feud, and the farm is currently closed. According to court documents, the owners of the farm - Wayne and Ruth Ross - began leasing the farm to their son Don in 2006 for $21,000. It was an effort to begin transferring ownership to him.
Don Ross never paid, which led to a bitter family battle that has lasted almost a decade. Currently, Don isn't allowed on the property, and Wayne and Ruth Ross are asking the court to terminate the 2006 lease that gave him the right to operate the farm.
The sign at Rossview Farm says they are closed for the season because the trees need another year of growth - which is also true, according to Wayne Ross. There aren't many trees that are ready to be harvested this year, and by letting the trees grow, the selection will be bigger next year.
The trial is scheduled to start in September, but Wayne Ross is hopeful Rossview Farms will open for the 2015 strawberry season.