The Beginning 1903

Kahlil Driebe outside of park market stand in Scranton, PA, 1903.
The Beginning
1903
The Beginning

It all began when Kahlil Driebe, the father of Edward Driebe, and his brother, Tom, started a wholesale banana business in Scranton, PA. In 1905, Kahlil branched out to distribute fresh fruit and produce from a railroad car in East Stroudsburg to local area resorts, delivering via a team of mules pulling a wagon. At that time, the Pocono Mountain area of Northeastern PA was home to many fine resorts. Due to the region’s proximity to NYC and its accessibility by rail, the resorts in the Poconos were enjoyed by many well–to-do travelers from the city, who primarily visited during the warm summer months. Many of those people eventually built homes to enjoy year round.