The Roemer family first settled in Sacramento, when Peter Roemer crossed the waters from Germany to America in 1881. He settled in what is now known as the Colonial Heights area of Sacramento. His farm consisted of one hundred and nine acres of well cultivated land, nearly the entire tract being devoted to the raising of grapes. Peter married Caroline Feil and they had four children, Christena, Clara, Carl, and Oscar.
Oscar followed in his father’s footsteps. He purchased land on Hedge Avenue, which is part of the current Roemer Farm. Like his father before him, he began raising grapes. He married Helen Mollet and they had four children, Eleanor, Oscar Jr., Marjorie, and William. Unfortunately Oscar’s life ended too soon in a tragic accident, leaving Helen to raise four children on her own. Helen began teaching at the Enterprise Elementary School, a one room school house located directly next door to their farm.
Having lost his father at the age of 8, Oscar Jr. had to grow up quickly and assume the role of “man of the house.” As a boy he delivered the Sacramento Bee and helped tend the vineyards, chickens, and cows on the family farm. During the difficult times of the Great Depression he and his Uncle Paul Mollet raised potatoes and sold them door to door. After graduating from high school in 1942, Oscar ran the family farm growing grapes and alfalfa. Oscar saw many changes during his first twenty years of life including the loss of his father, the Great Depression, the start of World War II, and the evacuation of the Japanese in May of 1942. Even though he was not required to enter the War, he enlisted in April of 1944 which took him on a two year tour of duty in Europe where he would fight in the Battle of the Bulge. After being released from active duty in 1946, he purchased eight milking cows and signed a contract with Crystal Creamery. In 1952 he married Mary Ann Pinola. They rented additional land connected to the property which he grew up on, which they eventually purchased to create what is today, Roemer Farms. They had four children, Danny, Karen, Debbie, and Wendy.
Danny joined the family business in the early 1970’s. Danny brought his expertise in farm machinery to the dairy business and they quickly expanded by leasing land and planting and harvesting crops such as alfalfa, corn for silage, and hay. In 1979 Danny married Judy and together they raised Daniel, Krystal, and Matthew. In 1995 they expanded the family business by opening Roemer Pumpkin Patch. With the help of family and friends, Danny and Judy continue to bring the traditions of the fall season to hundreds of school children in the Sacramento and Elk Grove communities. It’s also a must do for family, friends, and their many faithful customers who return each year for the beautiful variety of pumpkins and gourds that they grow. Over the years Danny and Judy have expanded their business and now offer a 5 acre corn maze, a hay maze, hay rides, and many photo opportunities.
Danny’s son Matthew grew up working on the farm and is now an integral part of the business. In 2004, it was with great sadness that the Roemer family sold the dairy. Roemer Dairy flourished for over 58 years, shipping exclusively to Crystal Creamery during that time. Since closing the dairy, Danny and Matthew have expanded into other areas and now offer hay for and custom farming.
The Roemer’s have been farming Sacramento County land for 130 years and look forward to many, many more years of farming.