Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s | Must stop at ‘Robert is Here Fruit Stand’

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February 5, 2021 – Homestead, FL – Pedaling into the Everglades to camp overnight I needed to stock up on supplies and “Robert is Here Fruit Stand” was the perfect stop.

The corner fruit stand was started by then 6-year-old Robert Moehling. Now, nearly 60 years later, the salt-and-pepper Moehling has built a small empire of fresh produce, acclaimed sandwich-and-shake masterpieces and an environment that carries personal service to a new level.

Clerks don’t ring up your order; they add it by hand, putting yellow pencil to brown paper bag. There’s also assistance at the ready to transport boxes of groceries to a vehicle.

“My family thought I was dyslexic because I had a hard time reading,” said Robert.  “But doing math came easy. That is what I teach my employees. There’s not a calculator on site.”

 

“Robert is Here” is not a five-minute grocery visit; it is an experience.

Robert and his staff are knowledgeable and personable. Robert is first to arrive at 5 a.m. and generally last to leave. It is a routine he keeps seven days a week.

On my return visit from the Everglades, Robert offered a welcome. “You’re back. How was camping with the crocs?”

I didn’t know he was watching me. Nothing gets past Robert.  He greets all customers by name. “Have a good day, Erma,” he said to a tiny, older woman with white hair and glasses. “Don’t rob any banks today.”

He is grandfatherly in his demeanor and welcoming with his interactions. For West Benders, he was very George Prescott.

During my return visit I tried the lunch counter with a fresh Cuban sandwich and strawberry with coconut milkshake.

The Cuban was the best sandwich I ever had with warm bread, a healthy helping of ham, slow-roasted pork and Swiss cheese.  The best part was the blend of mustard, mayo and sweet pickle.

Robert took a break from the front counter and came over and surprised me with a slice of key lime pie and an autographed copy of his autobiography “Robert is here: looking East for a lifetime.”

So kind.

If you ever visit southern Florida, make sure “Robert is Here” is part of your trip.

In an attempt to pedal 500 miles and share stories from the road I’m also throwing down a challenge to raise $10,000 for Alzheimer’s music and exercise programs at Cedar Community in West Bend; 100% of the money raised will go to Cedar Community so you will be able to see your donation at work.
HOW TO GIVE:

Cedar Community is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is therefore supported solely by the gifts and contributions of friends like YOU. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Checks made payable to “Cedar Community” with note “JUDY’S BIKE RIDE” can be mailed to: Cedar Community Philanthropy, 113 Cedar Ridge Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. You may also click here for a downloadable donor form. (In “additional comments” add the note “Judy’s Bike Ride”

OR

CLICK HERE to donate securely online. (In “comments” section” add the note “Judy’s Bike Ride”)

Thank you note

Thanks to Lee and Sandy Stehling from Ace Canvas for kicking in the first $200. I’m currently working on a $10,000 match should the challenge goal be reached.
Thanks, also, in advance for your kindness and support; adventure suggestions are welcome on the 2021 tour of the Florida Keys.

 

 

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