If you need: fruit from the ordinary stuff like strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas, and watermelon to exotic fruits like mango, mamey, jackfruit, star fruit, papaya, sour sop, and guava; fresh produce; home made milkshake with exotic flavors like Mamey or Black Sapote; to feed giant tortoises, emus, goats, turkeys, parrots, and iguanas; experiential knowledge and information about all types of exotic fruits; or just some good conversation about old Homestead… Robert is Here is where you need to go.
This fruit stand opened just before 1960 when Robert was a little boy selling his dad’s produce. Now it is as famous as anything in the Homestead area. Sometimes they even have live musicians pumping out great rock and roll hits with a country flare. If you need information on exotic fruits, Robert will give you a taste of just about anything he has and explain its growing habits. Much of the fruit and produce is local and some of it is grown on site.
In the back of the produce area, you can get an up close and personal look at giant land tortoises, emus, goats, chickens, turkeys, parrots, iguanas, and water turtles. The fruit stand will bring out buckets of the old produce to feed the animals. The emus scare most people, but I haven’t seen anyone get bit… yet.
It is almost a requirement that you grab a milkshake while you are there. They can make a milkshake out of just about anything. They advertise their keylime milkshake, but I tried it and didn’t dig it at all. I do like the strawberry, banana, blackberry, mamey, sapote, and pineapple milkshakes.