Just Fruits began as a small retail nursery in 1978, founded by Brandy Cowley-Gilbert & her father, affectionately known as “The Old Hippie.” At that time we were called “Just Fruits Nursery” and only consisted of edible plants, as the motto was “If you can’t eat it, we don’t need it!” During this time, Just Fruits became known in the southeast for having a wide variety of edible plants & the knowledge to go with them.
In the late 90’s, the Just Fruits team decided to expand and bring along a wide variety of ornamental and landscaping plants. Including some very outrageous and unusual varieties that later in 2007 led to the new name, Just Fruits and Exotics. We still encourage all of our customers to not just landscape their yards with ornamentals, but “Fruitscape” instead, mixing edibles and ornamentals to make their own edible garden.
Just Fruits continued to grow, and has become not only a nursery for the southeast, but one for all across the USA. In 1999 Just Fruits opened its first website for mail-order sales, where we package and ship our plants in containers with the same quality customers see here in Crawfordville, FL. The online store was created not just for shipping plants, but also to provide more educational information for our customers.
In 2017, after building a family owned and operated nursery that helps customers grow the gardens and orchards of their dreams, Ted and Brandy were ready to retire. However, they were determined to pass on the nursery to another family. One that would share the same values & continue to grow the nursery in a way that is best for gardeners of all generations. After multiple years of searching, and turning down offers from many who wanted to develop the land or change the business, Ted and Brandy sold the nursery to the Davino/Robinson Family. Ted and Brandy continue to be regular visitors and consultants at Just Fruits. Also, all of the employees stayed on board with the new ownership team, and have been an integral part to a seamless transition.
Jamake Robinson is a Leon County native who grew up with a passion for gardening and growing fruit trees. He manages the growing field and retail nursery.
Marlee Robinson has a background in environmental planning and a deep appreciation and curiosity for all aspects of the natural world. She currently manages the mail order aspect of the nursery. Marlee is most often found chasing their young son, Bodhi, around the fruit trees.
Michael Davino manages the business side of the nursery, while also owning another business in the financial industry.
Kyle Davino is a former elementary school teacher. She now manages all of the social media accounts. Her and Michael’s 1-year-old son, Micah Shea, can be found marketing the nursery by popping up in many photos shared with our customers.
The Just Fruits Family hopes to continue to build the Just Fruits legacy for all gardeners to enjoy.