Isn’t it crazy to think of all the places you have yet to discover that can be found in your own backyard? I grew up in South Florida and luckily enough have been able to visit many areas of the state. But when you find those hidden gems that seemingly have been around forever and in such close proximity, I can’t help but have a “seriously, why haven’t I been here before” moment. I take pride in being a local tourist, always up to discovering and exploring what is taking place in my city or state, and that passion is what led me to create this very website. But today’s post isn’t about me, it’s about a man named Robert and his fruit stand simply called Robert Is Here. Around for 50+ years this open-air farmers market has a fun and motivating beginning as well as an incredible selection of produce, products, and other offerings. It was hard to narrow it down, but here are 5 reasons you absolutely must pay a visit to Robert is Here Fruit Stand when visiting South Florida.
A Taste of the Exotic
Aside from all the local fruits and vegetables that are grown on the farm, Robert is Here offers a copious amount of exotic fruits. As I meandered through the market, there were fruits I had never seen before, let alone nearly impossible to pronounce. Dragonfruit, Jackfruit, Papaya, Mamey Sapot – it was a true feast for the eyes! I decided to try Guanabana (sour sop) which is a fruit that tastes like cotton candy and has a texture that you need to look past (in my humble opinion) … but it was so damn delicious! There is definitely some intrigue in trying something foreign, and a newfound appreciation for what it is and where it comes from. Side note: When you purchase your produce, they even offer to slice it for you, so it can be enjoyed immediately, which is exactly what I did.
Milkshakes and Smoothies
Enjoy a freshly made milkshake or smoothie with some of the latest fruit at their milkshake stand. People were lining up like crazy to get one. All fresh and simple ingredients that clearly have people coming back for more. Rumor has it the key lime milkshake is out of this world. I didn’t have one during our visit and quickly regretted that decision upon leaving.
Fun for the Family
Robert is Here sells fruit, vegetables, and locally sourced goods. But it also sells FUN. In the rear of the market is a petting zoo, splash pad, and picnic area. It seems to be a destination for families, tour groups, and school outings – funny enough, a school field trip was taking place during my visit. The petting zoo had everything from your typical farm animals of goats and chickens to tortoises and ostriches! They even had a toucan by their orchid display out back!
Shopping local is so important. If it hadn’t been for the community supporting Robert through their visits and sales, who knows if it would be where it is today. We value the convenience of going to the grocery store and frequent the big box chains that have everything in one place, but there is something so special about seeing what someone built and knowing that your money is going towards that person’s dream and livelihood. I certainly feel an immense responsibility to honor that.
Meet Robert Moehling
If for no other reason, you must visit Robert is Here to meet Robert himself. Yep, he was there when I visited, and rumor has it, he is there most every day. A prosperous and profitable farmers market with a full staff and the owner/visionary behind the register ringing you up. You don’t see that often. Actually, I haven’t seen that at all. 50+ years ago Robert Moehling was a 9-year-old kid just trying to sell cucumbers on the side of the road with a simple sign proclaiming “Robert is Here”. He may have been overlooked at the beginning but now the world has taken notice, and he is admired and respected for what he built and how he operates.
So there you have it, the top 5 reasons to plan a visit to Robert is Here Fruit Stand! And fear not for those who don’t reside in South Florida or who don’t plan on visiting anytime soon. Robert is Here ships nationwide! So, you can literally have a taste of South Florida on your doorstep!
I’m curious, have you been here before? If so, what was your experience like? And would you be brave enough to try some of the foreign fruits and vegetables?