Turkish Family Market owners, Bahattin Kaymak, left, and Nuran… (photo by Jen Rynda )
The Turkish equivalent of “bon appetit” is “afiyet olsun,” and it’s a fitting sentiment after a visit to the new Turkish Family Market in Ellicott City. Indeed, everything in the shop -- from fresh desserts to dry goods to butcher meats -- is Turkish.
Bahattin Kaymak and Nuran Kaymak run the family business with help from their daughter, Aleyna, 15, a freshman at Mt. Hebron High School, and son, Berkay, a Howard Community College student.
Bahattin, an Ellicott City resident, said through an interpreter that he decided to open the market to serve the many Turkish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern families in Howard County, as well as to tap into a broader interest in Turkish products.
“A lot of Americans have been to Turkey,” he said. “They enjoyed their time there and remember the good feelings they had in Turkey -- eating, drinking, good memories.”
The market’s butcher, who adheres to Muslim Halal standards, stocks goat, beef, lamb and more, including soujouk, salami and chicken bologna. Fresh desserts, including baklava from the Turkish city of Gaziantep and Simit with sesame (the Turkish bagel) are available as well.
Also filling the shelves are goods like dried figs and apricots, nuts, spices, cheeses and yogurts, coffees, teas, bulgur (wheat cereal), grape leaves, olive oil, olives, and leblebi sekeri (sugar-coated, roasted chickpeas).
Turkish Family Market, 8457 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 16, Ellicott City (behind the Dunkin’ Donuts off Normandy Woods Drive). 443-319-3796 and www.turkishfamilymarket.com