Our Farm History

In 1920, Nick’s grandfather, Charles Mobilia, emigrated from Sicily to Elis Island in New York City. He decided to follow his brother who already resided in Erie.

They constructed a building on 26th street and opened up a shoe shop.

Nick’s grandmother developed asthma,  and a doctor suggested they buy farmland in the country. They moved to North East and purchased a piece of land.

That land was the beginning of Mobilia Fruit Farms, which initially had 68 acres.

The family farmed a little bit of everything; growing peaches, cherries, wheat, corn, and grapes. With a large selection of produce, they started a farm market.

Mobilia Grapes

They packaged grapes in 4 and 8 quart baskets and took them to the rail yard to be shipped to New York City and Chicago. Packaged grapes were only the beginning for Mobilia Fruit Farms.

Over the years, the farm expanded little by little. By the 1940’s, Nick’s father started working on the farm. He purchased a track of land that was one farm away from Nick’s grandfather and began cultivating tree fruit such as apples and cherries.

The family continued expanding Mobilia Fruit Farms and decided to sell the produce to supermarkets. They developed a delivery truck route and travelled through 15 towns to provide produce to all of the supermarkets.

More grapes were planted and they joined a CO-OP called Keystone Foods in North East. After that, they ventured into the greenhouse business for a while. Green housing was before its time when they began the business.

Nick and Lou Mobilia

People weren’t ready for tomatoes in the winter time, so it was slow to catch on. After Nick graduated in 1970, he stayed on the farm with his father. He married Kathy in 1973. They bought the farm that was between his grandfather’s, and his father’s, bringing Mobilia farms’ total acreage up to roughly 250.

In 1980, Nick and Kathy began pressing grapes into juice for wineries in North East, Pennsylvania. Eventually, they would begin to produce their own wine. Shortly after, Nick and Kathy opened Arrowhead Wine Cellars on the Mobilia Fruit Farm property.

Mobilia Vineyards

Nick always wanted to bottle everything he produced. He took a tour of a bottling plant and found it fascinating.  He knew that someday he would own one.  Over the years, he positioned the farm to process everything that was grown. In order to make money in agriculture, you need to produce it, harvest it, process it, package it, and sell directly to the consumer.

Because of that mentality, Mobilia Fruit Farms now produces and processes enough juice to supply almost 60 wineries in 15 states, east of the Mississippi River. The next venture for Mobilia Fruit Farms is following Nick’s father’s dream of bottling pure 100% pasteurized juice with no sugar and preservatives added.

With just a few pieces left to come together, this dream will soon become a reality!

 

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Juice for Home Wine Making

Posted On September 15th, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Mobilia Fruit Farms once again has a variety of Juice available for Home Wine Makers

Labor Day Weekend Sale

Posted On August 29th, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Labor Day Sale will be on Friday Aug 31 - Sunday Sept 2, 2012

Labor Day

Posted On August 29th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

The Fuit Market will be closed Labor Day

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