Catherine Grybko has been a half-year resident of Destin for 14 years.
Her Florida fruit stand business brings her from Ocala to the Emerald Coast during the spring and summer months every year.
“We live a few weeks there, and a few weeks here, kind of like Gypsies,” said Catherine’s daughter-in-law Leilani Grybko.
Catherine’s husband, Steve Grybko, daughter-in-law Leilani Grybko, and one-year-old grandson Emmot Grybko, came with her to help with the fruit stand for the last week of February.
“It’s Emmot’s first time,” said Leilani. “Last time we got a picture of him in my stomach, and this time I’m hoping to get one of us together.”
Little Emmot was more than happy to help sample the fresh produce.
“He loves berries,” Leilani laughed, adding that they now have to cover the produce on the drive up, or he will eat them all on the way.
Catherine is currently carrying Plant City, Florida, strawberries, several variations of oranges and other citrus fruits, avocadoes, tomatoes and other vegetables, and homemade jams and vanilla pound cake.
“She’s very well known,” said Fort Walton Beach resident Sandy Klemond of Catherine. “We always look forward to seeing her.”
Located in the front parking lot of Tropical Waves on U.S. Hwy. 98, Catherine’s Fruit Stand is open weekly Thursday-Saturday.