In the mid 1930s, the Botek family began selling Christmas trees at our small family run grocery store. This sparked an interest in raising trees and in 1950 a couple of acres of Scotch pine were planted near Lehighton, PA. The youngest child in the Botek family, Francis, enjoyed working with the trees from year to year. In 1964, Francis and his wife Margaret bought about 25 acres of land in the beautiful Mahoning Valley.
Over the next several years, Francis converted the one time dairy farm into what we now call the “home farm” of Crystal Spring Tree Farm. During this time, Francis and Margaret operated both the tree farm as well as the grocery store along with a family of their own. Their three children, Francine, Alison, and Chris were raised between the grocery store and the tree farm and were always encouraged to help at each. This sometimes proved to be the biggest challenge for Francis and Margaret.