Meet the Farmers
In 1984, John Roba found the perfect piece of land to make his “Christmas Tree” dream a reality when he purchased a 52-acre dairy farm in North Abington Township. The first Christmas trees were planted in 1985, and the farm opened for "choose and cut" retail sales in December of 1990.
John married Sue in 1988, and together with their children they built Roba Family Farms into the successful business it is today. Jennifer, Jeff, and Jake not only grew up on the farm but also contributed to the growth of the business. As the years have gone on, the second generation of Robas are taking lead roles in the daily operations of the family business. Both Jennifer and Jeff have active roles in managing the farms, while Jake contributes during our fall and Christmas seasons.
In 1993, Roba Family Farms began selling pumpkins, hoping this "side business" would help promote Christmas tree sales. The pumpkin patch quickly became very popular, and this side operation grew from its three-acre beginnings to encompass nearly the entire original 52-acre farm. The original farm is now dominated by fall fun and harvest activities and is a major destination for locals as well as out of state visitors.
The Roba family hasn't forgotten about what originally brought them to the business. In 1999, they bought a 196-acre farm in Scott Township, known affectionately as "the Lakeland Farm", where they have been growing Christmas trees ever since. Lakeland Orchard & Cidery calls this “Lakeland Farm” home and produces apples, flowers and produce as well as seasonal family fun!
Today, Roba's is spread out over three farms and grows over 100 acres of trees, pumpkins, and specialty crops. Our farm and family have grown since 1992. We love this opportunity to share our farm with you!