Tom Hall is never far from fresh food. When he leaves Central Market Poulsbo, where he has been director since the mid-1990s, he’s likely headed to his 2.5-acre Poulsbo farm where he grows strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in a fruit garden; figs, apples, peaches and cherries in a small orchard; and a variety of vegetables in two separate gardens. That’s what planting 1,300 Christmas trees in 1985 ended up looking like.
Raised on a 125-acre Massachusetts farm, Tom moved to the Northwest in the 1970s at the age of 15 and started working for the company seven years later stocking shelves on the night crew of the Poulsbo Market Place. He became store director after working in multiple roles through the store.
A longtime member of Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap and of the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, Tom was the recipient of the chamber’s 2006 Community Builder Award for his community involvement. The store is closely connected with North Kitsap Fishline, a non-profit organization providing food and emergency services for people in need in North Kitsap.
“Every part of it’s a joy,” Tom said of being part of Central Market Poulsbo. “Just seeing everyone every day – customers and employees – is so great. We’re like a family here, and it’s an honor to serve this community.”
Tom’s wife, his North Kitsap High School sweetheart, works at Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island. They have a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.