Rick (my husband) and I have been getting our order together from the Menominee Conservation District in Upper Michigan. We ordered from them last year. The trees and bushes were absolutely beautiful! So strong and healthy. We learned the lesson of not ordering more than we can plant in the next day or two from when we get them. Rick and his brother ordered 200 Norway spruce and some apples last year. ..........let's just say the chiropractor could have used a chiropractor :-) They are ordering 100 Norway spruce this year and some wild apple trees for their hunting land. Hopefully they spread it out over two days. They won't get any help from me :-)
I will be planting what I buy for the homestead. Last year what I bought from them was; 5 elderberries, 5 sand cherries, 5 nannyberries, 5 highbush cranberries, a Wolf River apple tree, and a flowering crab apple. Everything is alive and well.
This year I'm buying 5 nankin cherries, 5 more highbush cranberries (part of a windbreak), a Lodi apple tree, 5 hazelnut trees, 10 forsythia bushes, a Stanley plum, and a Victory plum. That's about all the holes I can dig. Actually, I will have most of the holes dug and ready before they come.
Why such an array? Am I really interested in feeding the turkeys and deer? uuhhhh No. I'm sure they will take their share though. Everything being planted has a reason. It's either food for our table, with any extra going to the pigs, ducks, and chickens, or, I am specifically planting it for winter feeding of the chickens. (all those small fruits I will dry). The forsythias are for early feeding of my bees (and because I love them blooming so early in the spring too :-)........and I might make some sand cherry wine this year. :-)