Didar Singh Bains, known as the peach king of California, has passed away at the age of 83. Bains was born in 1939 in the Nangal Khurd village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district. He came to the US as a teenager, worked as a manual labourer and went on to become the biggest peach farmer in California.
Didar Bains' first job was as a farm labourer working for local farmers in Yuba County. Due to his hard work, he soon became a foreman at the farm. Within four years, in 1962, he had saved enough to buy his own piece of land. In the years that followed, Bains was able to buy more land across the state and by 1978, he became the biggest peach farmer of California.
At that point, Bains decided to diversify both in terms of produce as well as geographically. He purchased land for fruit cultivation in Canada's British Columbia and the Washington State in the US and also began growing cranberries at a significant scale. He further diversified into growing raspberries, blueberries, black currants, prunes, walnuts, almonds, and grapes.