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Why fresh white maize is a big deal at Mwanaka’s in the UK

Its that time again when Zimbabweans in the UK look forward to munching on fresh white maize from David Mwanaka’s Farm in Enfield, London. You might be wondering why this is a big deal?

David Mwanaka
David Mwanaka

Growing white maize in the cold climate of the UK is not an easy task but Mwanaka persevered and spent six years experimenting until he pulled it off. Homesick Zimbabwean exiles frequent his shop to buy rare white maize, pumpkin leaves, rape, choumoellier, tsunga and butternuts, among others. 

In 2006 David Mwanaka was one of only two black farmers in the United Kingdom. 

What started as Mwanaka growing white maize on a small plot of land in his landlord’s back garden near Tottenham football club in north London has seen his project grow to 20 acres in Enfield, and another six acres in Salisbury. He added a shop ‘Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods’ in Enfield to sell from.

Speaking to Nehanda Radio, the former journalist turned farmer confirmed that the crop for this year was now on sale and they had a delivery schedule to cover most parts of the UK. 

In addition to maize, Mwanaka said they have “sweet potatoes, fresh groundnuts, pumpkin leaves, some vegetables, meat, sausages, and groceries.”

Below is their delivery schedule

Monday 24th July
Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Winchester and Bassingstoke,

Surrey, South London, South East London, Croydon, Woking, Epsom and surrounding areas.

Tuesday 25th July

Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, Swindon, Plymouth, Exeter, Bridgewater, Taunton and surrounding areas.

Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich,

Wednesday 26th July

Cambridge and Surrounding areas.
Leicester, Nottingham, and Derby

Thursday 27th July

Manchester and Stock on Trent

Friday 28 July

Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Wakefield, Bansley Doncaster and surrounding areas.

Saturday 29th July

Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

Monday 31st July

Scotland – Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Tuesday 1st August

Newcastle, Middlesborough, Stock on Tees, Sunderland, Durham and surrounding areas.

For Basildon, Grays, Tilbury, Chafford Hundred. Dagenham, Barking, Romford please call us.

You can also visit their farm shop which is open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 10:30 to 1745, Saturday 10:00-17:45 and Sunday 10:30-16:45.

Address is 744 Hertford Rd, EN3 6PR Tel 07859813238/07708572914