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Nov 22

Middletown African Market

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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

In today’s Friday Foodie I am featuring the Grand Opening of the Middletown African Market located on 725 North Broad Street. Owners Abena Mansah and Kwaku Duah are recent transplants from the Bronx, by way of Ghana.  In partnership with other family members they also owned an African Market in Yonkers, NY.

During their many visits to family and friends in Delaware they were often asked to load up the car with food items to bring with them. These visits also highlighted the need for a place to purchase authentic African and Caribbean foodstuff.  However, in not finding anyone who was interested in doing so they decided to take a leap of faith and left New York to open the Middletown African Market in the Middletown Square Shopping Center.

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Abena and Kwaku along with their son came to visit Delaware, fell in love with Middletown and never left, “we love it here”, says Abena, “the people are friendly and the school district is wonderful”.

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The Middletown African Market hopes to meet the needs of the large African population in Delaware so they no longer need to travel to Philadelphia or as far north as New York.  The Market’s shelves are fully stocked with African and Caribbean food items, clothing, music, movies, jewelry, beauty and novelty items.

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Freezers are stocked with smoked fish, turkey, chicken, beef, cassava and other root vegetables.  Long shelves contain canned meats, fruits, vegetables, bags of rice, wheat, potatoes, dry beans and snack foods. Authentic oils, spices, canned goods as well as fresh Sweet Yams and Plantains are available.

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Kente Cloth, Waist Beads, Kufis, and beauty products including lotions with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, Black Soap, shampoos and conditioners are neatly displayed across the back shelves.

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Saturday’s Grand Opening was both exciting and lively with many customers, both African and non-African shopping, sharing and filling their baskets with food items to be used for Sunday’s dinner.  

Middletown African Market accepts all major credit cards, EBT and is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 8:00 p.m., closed on Sunday.

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Abena offered to teach me to cook a few authentic African meals, so expect to see them showcased in a future Friday Foodie Features.

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 Have a wonderful day – Smooches!

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  1. Manhattan Image and Style

    This looks like such a wonderful market!! <3

    Diana
    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
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    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, so many great items, I can’t wait to check out the spices! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Anny

    Wow! Looks so inviting! Wish I lived closer…

    1. DelBlogger

      It is such a nice place. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Mari Corona

    Great share!!!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Beauty Vancouver

    Looks like a great store! Those serving dishes are beautiful! Are they like a crockpot?

    1. DelBlogger

      Aren’t they – I didn’t check but will and will let you know. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. imagesbytdashfield

    Looks like a great place to shop…and nice shots 😉

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you my dear – have a wonderful weekend!

  6. renxkyoko

    I see a lot of Milos, Ovaltines, and cassavas ! These are staples in every Philippine household.

    1. DelBlogger

      Wow, what a small world…Have a wonderful week ahead!

  7. Mama C.

    OMG, I would LOVE to swing by this place! But, sadly, I am several HUNDRED miles away…Excellent post, Antionette, with nice photos, too!

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, well I’m glad you at least got a virtual visit. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Mitzie Mee

    Such a cool place! When I looked at the pictures, I couldn’t help wondering what are those gigantic roots in front of the cardboard boxes?

    1. Antionette Blake

      Sweet African Yams, I will be picking up one for Thanksgiving – aren’t they huge? Happy Saturday night.

  9. kittehluvs

    wow – that looks like a really nice market. I love all the fabrics! My mom gets back from Rwanda tomorrow and she’ll be bringing me some! Don’t you just love international food markets? I went to 3 just today – 2 asian markets and 1 super duper international market. 🙂

    1. Antionette Blake

      I love finding new foods at ethnic marketplaces. I know you are getting really excited waiting on your mom’s arrival, you probably will have difficulty sleeping! I can’t wait to see some of the bonding pics. I know you all will have a wonderful and blessed holiday – enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  10. FreeUrCloset

    We need one of those here in AZ, along with a good Greek food market. This whole town is run by big corps like Target and Walmart!
    Really cool store.

    1. DelBlogger

      Yes, there is always a need for small ethnic markets to help jazz up your recipes. Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

  11. cindy knoke

    Oh this looks fabulous and fascinating! I would love to explore here~

    1. DelBlogger

      I need to go back and see what’s new.

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