J& J Produce ready for business
By Sparta Live | April 11, 2006 12:00 am
With the arrival of spring and the beautiful sunny days it brings, many people are ready to get outside and get busy working in their yards.
J&J Produce has just received a beautiful shipment of yellow and purple pansies, pink and purple ground cover, bedding plants, annuals, perennials and tropicals. They will also be receiving hanging ferns, but they suggest keeping them indoors until after April 15th.
J& J also has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. They sell seed potatoes, onion sets, strawberry plants and herbs.
They stock honey, jams, jellies, relish and chow-chow.
Fruit baskets can be ordered, and they have a nice selection of ceramic angels, churches and religious pictures.
Spring is a very busy time for the produce market, and they will be getting a variety of flowers, plants and fruits and vegetables in every week.
J&J is owned by James and Janice Bumbalough and has been in business 13 years.
“This country was built on Mom and Pop shops,” said James.
“Small business is the backbone of this country.”
James decided to start the business because he was working 60-80 hours a week for someone else and felt he would benefit more by working for himself. He was determined to find a way to make a living in Sparta.
When he told his wife Janice about his plans, she was a little reluctant because they would be losing their steady income. She trusted his judgment to make good business decisions, and 13 years later they are still going strong.
James was born and raised in White County and feels even when times get tough, people need to find a way to stay in the community and not move away.
J&J has won The Expositor’s Readers’ Choice awards the last four years.
In 2002, they won in the Lawn and Garden category, and the last three years they have won in the produce category.
The Bumbaloughs have two daughters. Jennifer is married to James Case. He is a member of the 278th.
Stephanie is married to Chris Hickey. The Bumbaloughs have six grandchildren.
Jennifer and Stephanie often help out with the family business.The Bumbaloughs are active in the community and sponsor training league basketball teams. They attend East Sparta Church of God.
J&J Produce is on Bockman Way and is open from 8 a.m. -5 p.m., six days a week. They can be contacted at 836-8028.