Welcome to Mayhew's Market
DUNS # 03-543-0749
Mitch and Rob 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. We have also added the same high quality of wild caught fishes both whole fish and fillets. You can't get any better than Mother Nature!
Your Product Has Me Hooked
"I purchased some shrimp and tuna steaks from you all at the downtown market last weekend. I have eaten seafood all over the world from Durban to Dubai to Seoul to Koh Lipe and your seafood is the absolute best I have had stateside. Please keep doing what you are doing! I don't think I will be able to purchase from anyone else! Your product has me hooked!! (Literally)
Thanks again for providing the best damn seafood in the Des Moines area."
Friday, July 1st 2022
203 S. Main, Osceola, IA
Our hours of operation will be Thursday from 10:00-5:00 (except for Thursday the 30th of June); Friday from 10:00-5:00; Saturday from 8:00-5:00; Sunday 10:00-5:00.
Looking back on when we started which was July of 2019, we began with the Osceola Farmers Market and added Norwalk, the Quad Cities and Des Moines Farmers Markets along with setting up on our own. Perhaps this with be a replay with our "Brick n Mortar" venture. All contingent upon how successful the Osceola store is. Our grand opening on the first of July coincides with Mayhew's Markets third anniversary of being in business. And we do have our shrimp and fish in Davenport at the "Market to Go". Due to the added cost of getting a store front up and running, we aren't able to afford the rent at the Freight House Farmers Market in Davenport or the Downtown Farmers Market in Des Moines. All costs of doing business have to be considered and this was our decision.
We truly appreciate all of you as our customers. You make this possible!
Rob and Mitch
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 retired 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. And now we are going to our next level by adding wild caught Gulf/Atlantic fishes.
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. It will be an exciting challenge and an adventure! As Teddy Roosevelt said: “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.”
We had our start at the Clarke County Farmers Market in Osceola. We added The Freight House Farmers Market in Davenport, our location on 73rd St in Windsor Heights across from Sams and Walmart, the Floor Doctors on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, the Iowa Food Coop in Des Moines, Northcote Meats in Melcher, Timber Ridge Country Market in Osceola, the Woodburn Cafe in Woodburn and HoQ Restaurant in Des Moines as well as the Des Moines Farmers Market. And now, we have our first storefront. That expansion is due solely to our customers. In October 2020 we purchased a used reefer truck to bring back more quantity and variety of wild caught seafood. We believe in providing customers with quality seafood 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!
We'll do whatever it takes to bring you the best!
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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.
Mayhews Market is Veteran owned and operated
Rob, Mike, Mitch & Matt Mayhew