Steve and Dan Souto are third generation fruit farmers from Oliver BC.
The story of Steve & Dan’s BC Fruit can be traced back to a little town outside of Lisbon in Portugal. Years ago, their parents (Alvin and Helena), who lived in the same town in Portugal but immigrated separately to Canada, moved to the same area in British Columbia. Back in Portugal, Alvin, Helena, and their families were farmers, so it only seemed fitting to continue farming when they relocated in BC. This was the start of what is now known as Souto Farms.
Steve & Dan Souto saw a need for fresh, BC fruit in Alberta. Fruit stands were everywhere in BC, but, about 15-20 years ago, farmers’ markets were just starting to gain popularity in Alberta. So, they decided to create Steve & Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit – a family-owned and operated company dedicated to bringing the fresh fruit grown on Souto Farms, by their parents, to Alberta farmers’ markets.
80% of the fruit Steve & Dan sell, their family grows themselves. This is the heart and soul of their business. Any fruit that they don’t personally grow, they outsource from farmers they know and trust. These farmers share the same values of community, integrity, and sustainability as they do.
Steve & Dan’s BC Fruit can be found at more than 25 markets every week including Bountiful Farmers’ Market!
Did you know?
Steve & Dan's mother Helena still picks and packs fruit for 12 hours each day during the summer season on their family-owned farm in Oliver, BC.
Products at Market
- Apple Chips
- Fruit Leather
- Frozen Fruit
- Fruit Juice