Welcome to Mayhew's Market

DUNS # 03-543-0749

Rob, Mike, Mitch & Matt Mayhew

From the net to your table. Mayhews Market is committed to bringing you the number one selling seafood in the country. . . . SHRIMP! But not just any shrimp. We bring you wild caught, heads on, individually quick frozen (IQF) shrimp from our own Gulf and Atlantic shores.


New Location

Starting Friday, July 24th, we will no longer be selling shrimp at East 6th and Court Ave in Des Moines. We will instead be selling shrimp at 980 73rd Street in Windsor Heights across from Sam's and Walmart. That's exit 3 off 235. Our hours will remain the same, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00-6:00.


Our Story

Since we started Mayhew's Market back in July, 2019, many people have asked us how and why we decided to start this business of getting wild caught shrimp from the Gulf and bring them up here to Iowa. I'm retiring from the Army in May 2020 and I was looking for a business to start and my son Mitch wanted to partner with me and build a family business. It all came about quite by accident. Mitch was looking up the different types of shrimp online for a dish he wanted to make. He found out far more then he ever imagined and did one of those, "hey Dad, did you know" . . .  And from there, we both began to research more and more and got quite upset over what we found out and that we in Iowa and the rest of the mid west had to settle for left overs just because we are land locked to which we both said no way! We're not settling for less!!! Iowa will have the best shrimp and this will be our newfound business.

But that's only the first part of our dream. As Mayhews Market grows, we want to fund Mitch's long time dream of a food truck. Specifically, a shrimp food truck. Mitch will call it "MAD Creations". MAD is an acronym for "Mitch And Dante". Dante was going to partner with Mitch in a food truck venture some years ago but he passed away before they could make that dream a reality. Mitch is keeping the name in memory of and to honor Dante. Then you'll be able to enjoy scrumptious wild shrimp prepared by chef Mitch with his culinary talents on full display as well as being able to buy shrimp to take home and prepare yourself. 

It's been said that the stars were made to set our dreams by. When Matt was born he had severe club foot which left unattended would have restricted him from many opportunities in his life. I was told about the work that the Shriner’s Hospital did for children and that they did so without charge. At that point in my life, I didn’t have the wherewithal to take care of my sons’ condition. A feeling of absolute helplessness for any parent. The Shriner’s Hospital very warmly and enthusiastically said they would fix his clubfoot. But being so far away, I couldn’t even afford the transportation cost to and from. The feelings of this father went from helpless to worthless. The Shriners, to my elated surprise, paid for the airfare as well. To this day I have never forgotten that. I am still filled with so much gratitude for their benevolence, their kindness and their grace. Mitch and I both fly but we sold the Cessna 172 to help fund Mayhews Market. With the growth of both Mayhews Market and MAD Creations, we want to start up what we call “Operation Patches”. This will be where Mitch and I will fly children to specialty hospitals for treatment absolutely free of charge. But only for children who don’t need inflight medical care. Sadly, the requirements, regulations and insurance are very cost prohibitive for a small operation like ours to provide inflight medical care. Of course step one is to be able to buy another plane suitable for the mission. We've noticed the naysayers who say such laudable dreams and aspirations will only be met with failure. Like a guillotine, life always hangs the blade of failure over any worthy endeavor. But we press on in-spite of that and boisterously remind the naysayers  of Teddy Roosevelts Rough Riding words: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Some people’s dreams dissipate and drift away like clouds in the sky. Our dreams however, our dreams, we sprint after. We lasso them and pull them close enough to earth to wrestle them into being; to form them; to build them; to shape them; to breathe life into them and make them BECOME reality. And it will BE!!!

We had our start at the Clarke County Farmers Market in Osceola. We added the Norwalk Farmers Market then the Freight House Farmers Market in the Quad Cities. We finished the year out by adding the Des Moines Farmers Market to the markets we've attended. All of which took us by surprise to say the least. And that expansion is due solely to our customers. In 2020 we added our mobile operation as well as distributing our shrimp through the Iowa food Coop and Northcote Meats.  We believe in providing customers with quality shrimp as well as outstanding service. Since day one, a genuine love and passion for our own market customers has defined who we are and what we do. Browse our site and get in touch to learn more about Mayhews Market. Thank you!


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Visiting Mayhews Cabin in Nebraska City, Nebraska

A slight detour to visit the Cabin of our distant relative, Allen Mayhew, in Nebraska City, Nebraska on a beautiful "winter" day. We set out on a road trip to visit a friend in Omaha to see how hungry the Omaha/Council Bluffs area is for "real" shrimp.

Rob Mayhew

Mayhews Cabin

Mitch Mayhew


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Rob, Mike, Mitch & Matt Mayhew

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