Melanie Houle warms up with a cup of coffee while watching a trailer get loaded up with Christmas trees.
A can of beef stew being warmed up on the stove by Patrick Houle so that he could give his clients a snack to help them warm up. It was windy and cold on this day and the guys loading their trailer were not well prepared for the inclement weather.
Patrick Houle bringing a cups of hot beef stew out to clients who were loading a trailer full of Christmas trees.
Melanie and Patrick Houle working together to find a welder to help fix a broken axle on one of their clients trailers.
Melanie Houle talking on the phone trying desperately to get in contact with a welder to help fix her clients broken trailer. This was late in the day and because the trailer was blocking the road everyone's schedule was getting delayed. She needed to get
Patrick Houle watching as clients begin to leave after a long day made diffcult by a broken axle on a trailer. Patrick eventually hauled the clients other trailer down the mountain using his tractor (seen behind him) However, his tractor had fuel pump pro
Extra safety glasses lined up on the window at Houle's Tree Farm.
Patrick Houle clears snow off of his plow truck, an old Ford F250 he obtained from his brother - who runs B & B Tire and Auto in nearby Beecher Falls, VT.
Plowing the road to Houle's Tree Farm. Patrick Houle needed to prepare the road for the trucks that were coming later in the day to pickup several hundred Christmas trees. The old Ford F250 he obtained from his brother - who runs B & B Tire and Auto in ne
Stacks of Christmas trees at Houle's Tree Farm waiting to get loaded onto a tractor trailer and then delievered to the retail location in Brooklyn, NY.
Christmas trees getting loaded onto the trailer at Houle's Tree Farm in Canaan, VT.
(Names from Julia) Workers loading heavy, snow laiden Christmas trees into a pile so that they could be easily acccess by the hydraulic arm and put onto the tractor trailer.
Christmas trees getting loaded onto the trailer at Houle's Tree Farm in Canaan, VT.
A tractor trailer loaded to the brim with Christmas trees leaving Houle's Tree Farm in Canaan, VT.
Melanie Houle ties up a recently sold Christmas Tree, making it easier to transport.
Patrick Houle carries a Christmas Tree down the block to Aaron Devaney's car, while Aaron's son watches with excitement.
Melanie Houle shows patrons a photo of a blackbear that was taken on the tree farm in Canaan, VT.
A Christmas tree is used as a sign for the Houle's outside of the Brooklyn Artery in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
Patrick waiting for customers and warming up in the sun outside of Brooklyn Artery. The tree lot loses sunlight quickly because of the surrounding buildings. When it is really cold he and Melanie will take turns warming up in their car nearby.
Deanna Aull and her sister Joanna holding their Christmas tree. This was their first year shopping at the Houle's tree lot, but they remembered seeing their signs last year.
Deanna Aull and her sister Joanna brigning their Christmas tree home. This was their first year shopping at the Houle's tree lot, but they remembered seeing their signs last year.
Patrick Houle uses a ring knife to cut the twine used to bind his Christmas trees. The same type of knife used by butchers.
Melanie Houle keeps track of the trees that are sold from the lot in Brooklyn, NY.
Patrick Houle turns on the lighting at his Christmas tree lot in Brooklyn, NY.
Customers wait while Melanie and Patrick wrap up their Christmas tree in twine for easier transport. The Houles used to have more space, but a feud with the lot owner resulted in a new fence and much less space for their retail operation behind the Brookl
Melanie Houle working with a customer at the tree lot in Broolyn, NY.
Hyacinth Carroll helps the Houle's with retail and also delivers trees to customers who live nearby.
Patrick Houle gives one of his Christmas Trees a fresh cut while Melanie holds it in place. He makes sure all of the branches are cut flush so that people will not have any difficulty placing their tree in a stand.
Patrick Houle at the tree lot in Brooklyn, NY.
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