The town is Keremeos, British Columbia, and the year is 1987. This is the start of the dream for Paul and Sarbjit Uppal. Coming from a long lineage of farmers from India, the Uppal’s had a plethora of experience they were ready to showcase. They started off their Canadian farming experience as general labourers on orchards throughout the Similkameen Valley, and continued to work as general labourers until they purchased their own orchard. Now known as the ‘fruit stand capital of Canada,’ the Uppal’s definitely planted their seeds in the right city.
12 years later, the Uppal’s eyed another challenge in their career. They wanted to expand. The original mission was to provide high-quality, fresh, and locally-harvested produce to the Keremeos community. With a focus on providing the locals an experience along with the highest-quality products in Okanagan, the Uppal’s decided to expand and create “Mom and Pop’s Farm Market.”
Following the rebrand, the Uppal’s widened their product mix. In addition to their fresh fruits and vegetables, Mom and Pop’s Farm Market added items such as: jam, dried fruits, juices, soft-serve ice cream, samosas, hot sauce, cider and even t-shirts! With a zero-waste initiative, Mom and Pop’s looks to help the community by more than just providing healthy produce and products. When you shop at Mom and Pop’s Farm Market, you’re not just buying fresh and organic fruits and vegetables directly from a local producer – you’re also contributing to the local Okanagan economy.