This curiously named fruit stand sits amongst farmland just outside Everglades National Park. Here you will find freshly grown varieties of unimaginable tropical delights, some of which you may never have heard of - things like Jackfruit, Dragon Fruit, Miracle Fruit and Starfruit. They sell flavored honeys, cut sugar cane, boiled peanuts and more. Out back, you'll find a collection of exotic animals. But the big draw, the one that will have you queued for hours, is the fresh fruit milkshakes, most famously, the key lime milkshake. I've had it, but this past weekend I became a fan of the banana-strawberry milkshake. Well worth the wait.
Always wondering why this place is called Robert Is Here, I thought back to my earliest days in flight school, at The Flight School, Inc. When I asked the owner why he'd chosen such a generic name, he answered that the name of your business should tell people what you do. Makes sense. Robert Is Here, not so much. Then I discovered a brochure. Finally, Robert Is Here explained.
In late fall of 1959, six-year-old Robert was set on this very corner with some of his father's cucumber crop and told to "Sell 'em!" Robert sat all day on that Saturday and no one even stopped. That evening, Robert's father decided "there can't be that many people who don't like cucumbers; they must not see this little boy standing here on the corner."
The next day Robert's father placed a sign on each side of the table proclaiming in big red letters "ROBERT IS HERE." By noon Robert had sold all of the cucumbers and walked home. The following weekend, a neighboring farmer added tomatoes to Robert's display and a fruit stand was born.The only question left is, when closed, do they change the sign to Robert Was Here? Or maybe, Robert Went Home? Alas, mystery is a good thing.
So, if you find yourself down this way, stop by Robert Is Here. If nothing else, you can say you've been to Robert Is Here and really, isn't that something? While there, you might see stuff like this...
Thar's babies in that thar nest. Mama Osprey (or Papa) just dropped off a fish. We were so entranced in watching we nearly stepped on this pygmy rattlesnake.
Matt Was Here.