Frank Sabol and Sons

From left are Frank Sabol III, and his daughter Madison and Frank Sabol Jr., climbing into a tractor trailer full of fruit in February 2016. Frank Jr. and his brother Joe run Frank Sabol and Sons, which sells Florida fruit by the CMA church on Saturdays during the winter.

 

A 22-hour drive to Florida doesn't bother Frank Sabol Jr., 65, of Girard, who along with his brother Joe, 53, runs Frank Sabol and Sons Inc., a licensed trucking company based in Girard.

The Sabol brothers will be in Corry on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. selling fresh Florida fruit that they have trucked all the way from the Sunshine State, Sabol said. Their tractor trailer will be parked at the Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) Church of Corry, 721 Hatch St. 

"We want to be there when [people] show up," Sabol said, noting that Corry-area residents tend to come to his stand early in the morning, even in less than ideal weather conditions.

According to Sabol, he brings about 46,000 pounds of fruit per Florida trip, which he makes four times a season.

The season for their fruit lasts from Thanksgiving week until the first of March, Sabol explained. He and his brother set up shop at the CMA corner every other weekend during those months. 

In addition to this Saturday, Sabol said he is tentatively planning to be selling at the corner on Leap Day, Feb. 29 as well, depending on what produce is left. 

Florida oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos and apples are available at the Frank Sabol and Sons fruit stand. Prices vary, Sabol said, based on the size of the fruit and how much a customer wants. Options range from purchasing half a dozen to half a bushel to an entire case, Sabol explained.

The fruit is purchased in bulk from several different Florida packing houses, according to Sabol.

Jean Sabol, Frank and Joe's mother, said that she and her husband, the late Frank Sabol Sr., who passed away in 2012, began coming to Corry with fruit to sell in 1953. Sabol says he remembers making trips to Florida with his parents as a child.

"We've always done it," Sabol said.

He also referenced what seems to have been a seamless transition into running the company in his father's place, noting that he's been making the Florida trip, whether riding or driving, for most of his life.

 

 

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