Jim and Martha are both natives of the Tidewater area. They’ve lived here all their lives and, in fact, have never lived more than 30 miles from the houses where they grew up in Portsmouth.
Though they only lived a short distance away from each other, they didn’t meet until they were in college.
Once upon a time…
An early September day back in 1962 was destiny in the making. A chance meeting during class registration put them face to face. Even though they’d never met, Jim recognized Martha from home and asked her if she were from Portsmouth. They had their first date with a group of friends and just 3 short months later, they were engaged.
After Jim graduated the following August they were married and moved back to Tidewater, where Martha continued college. She earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading from ODU.
As Jim’s career developed, Martha taught school until motherhood beckoned. She waited until the kids were in school, then took that opportunity to return (part time) to her career in education.
Together, they raised two very successful children, and now are enjoying being grandparents to four little ones, with one more on the way. Their daughter, Mary, lives with her family in Richmond, and their son, Mike, lives with his in Florida. This means lots of traveling, especially for Martha, which she truly enjoys.
Ten years ago Jim and Martha saw an opportunity and purchased the farm market. Jim has spent a career building up successful businesses and the expansion and changes to the store have been just that: successful. When asked if he planned to retire soon, he scoffed at the idea. Martha doesn’t show any signs of retiring, either. These two “movers and shakers” are keeping busy!
With advice from his chief confidant, Martha, Jim oversees the direction of the store. He makes sure they have sound, modern business practices in place, but he leaves the day-to-day operations to his general manager. Jim is, above all, a bottom-line kind of guy. And the bottom line to Jim is: give the customers a great product with outstanding customer service and the business will be a success.