Our STory

the Orchard

In the spring of 2012, the first crop of high density, trellised apple trees were planted at the Orchard. When we opened our doors, we had no idea our Family Orchard would grow to what it is today. 

To date, we have grown more than 30 different varieties of apples spread across 20,000 trees & 17 acres. Since opening our gates in 2013, we have quadrupled the size of our Orchard! We have added acres of 'Cut Your Own' Sunflowers, Zinnias, Snapdragons, ‘Pick Your Own’ produce, strawberries, and blueberries too! But that’s not all, we have a fully restored Country Carousel, Cow Train, Giant Corn Box, Pumpkin Bounce and Goat Corral. We even have yard games for children and adults that are guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours.

In 2018 we built our beautiful Cider Garden which includes Live Music (every weekend), Axe Throwing, Delicious Food and Hard Cider! 

But we’re not finished just yet. We have plans to add a cidery and retail shop too. What started as a small family orchard is growing into a beautiful place to spend the day with family and friends. Come for the flowers, apples, food, and hard cider and make memories that will last from season to season.

the Family

In 1984, John Roba found the perfect piece of land to make his “Christmas Tree Farm” 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 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 grows apples, strawberries, flowers and produce as well as seasonal family fun!

Today, Roba's is spread out over two 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!

Thank you for visiting our orchard!