Scott Wilson was passionate about nature, science and farming. Early on, he spent much of his free time outside of school and athletics hunting, fishing and helping neighbors with their farms. He also raised a small hog herd and some sheep. In 1980, after marrying his wife, Mary, the couple joined Scott’s dad, Gerry, and planted Christmas trees on 12 acres of property Scott grew up on.
The Wilsons cared for their new crop of trees, planting more each year throughout the ’80s and into the 1990s. In 1988, the first harvest took place. The Wilsons continued to fill each section of land with trees and took out lease agreements with various landowners around Le Sueur to continue to meet their growing consumer demand for Christmas trees at the family business, Brewery Hill Christmas Trees.
In the last seven years, Scott and Mary purchased the family farm and an adjacent parcel which expanded the operation by 200 percent. With the additional land Scott and Mary diversified their business to include asparagus, pick your own strawberries, and they grew pumpkins. Each year the family plants between 2,500 and 3,000 trees, 6,000 berry plants and over 13 varieties of squash and pumpkins. Almost all the labor is provided by Scott and Mary’s children, their spouses and grandchildren.
The Wilson family collaborates with the Le Sueur/Henderson Wrestling Association and Hilltop Elementary School for wreath fundraising. The family offers tours of its farm and hosts Boy Scout Troops for badge work. They are involved members of the Minnesota Christmas Tree Growers Association. Brewery Hill Christmas Tree farm is part of Le Sueur County’s soil and water conservation program.
In 2018, Scott’s father, Gerry, and Scott’s wife, Mary, passed away. Both gave so much to the farm in thought, care and dedication. Scott attributes the success of the farm as a labor of love. The Wilsons know the importance of family that Gerry and Mary prided themselves in and the practices and philosophies of the farm are dedicated to giving customers the sense of family.