Robert Moehling has a passion for fruit. Weird tropical fruit.
Back in 1959, a fruit stand by the name of Robert Is Here Fruit Stand was established by Robert’s father and started selling cucumbers and a sign on each side of the table proclaimed in big red letters “Robert Is Here” so people could see the six-year-old boy and his cucumbers.
It was a hit and tomatoes were added and the fruit stand was born.
In the beginning, Robert Moehling sold fruits every day during Christmas break and when school started again in January of 1960, customers picked up fruits and paid by leaving the money in the coffee can using the honor system. The school bus would drop Robert off after school and he would work his stand until it got dark.
Robert became a farmer with a passion for tropical fruits and his Robert Is Here Market is Florida’s most famous produce stand, a huge barn-like building that welcomes people traveling through Florida City. Today, Rober sells most of what he grows—tropical fruits like guavas, tomatoes, squash, lettuce but also very rare and exotic fruits such as dragonfruit, lychee, and sapodilla that Robert is happy to introduce them to you.
Robert Is Here Fruit Market has the weirdest fruits in Florida and many people who come to visit the Everglades National Park pass by his market crammed with those delights, some of them they had never seen before.
This year, the Moehling’s family is celebrating 60 years in business.
This story is based on a Great Big Story’s story as part of their Human Condition series.
Robert Is Here Fruit Market Has the Weirdest Fruits in Florida