John Roba dreamed of someday owning a Christmas tree farm. In 1984, John found the perfect piece of land to make his dream a reality when he purchased a 52-acre dairy farm in North Abington Township, a few miles north of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 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 on weekends. Jake is a graduate of Duquesne University and Jeff is a graduate of Bucknell University. Jennifer has two beautiful children, Gabrielle and Johnny, who love to visit the farm!
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. Much like a pumpkin vine that overtakes an entire home garden, 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.
But don't worry, 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. The Lakeland Farm has been open on the weekends in December for retail Christmas tree sales since 2007. The Scott Township farm is also the location of Lakeland Orchard & Cidery, which opened in the Fall of 2013 for 'Pick Your Own' apples and has most recently added a carousel and 'Pick Your Own' sunflowers and zinnias.
Today, Roba's is spread out over three farms and grows over 100 acres of trees, including evergreens, and shade and flowering trees, as well as pumpkins and other fall specialty crops. The Robas are proud to be a family owned & operated business and are grateful to the many visitors who come to Roba Family Farms to
celebrate Fall Harvest fun and Christmas tree traditions.