2016 Opening Day is June 4!

greens.flowers.croppedRiverwalk Market Fair’s summer Saturday festivals kick off on Saturday, June 4 on historic Northfield’s downtown Bridge Square, along the scenic Cannon River.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.

Favorite local artists, food & produce vendors at Opening Day

Spring greens and radishesLocal farmers will be on hand with fresh-picked early salad greens, spinach, rhubarb, radishes, kale, green onions, bedding plants, handmade natural soaps, and local honey. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, spanakopita, jams and jellies, cake-in-a-jar, and locally roasted coffee. Martha's Veteran Riverwalk farm and food vendors on hand for opening day include Martha’s Eats and Treats, Mississippi Hills CSA, and Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads & Treats.  New to Riverwalk for opening day are Broody Hen Farm, Lisa Morrigan Herb Farm, and flavored Shave Ice by Goodtree Farmstead.

Gerie Garden Stakes.cropCeramics, photography, fused glass art, wood items, fiber art, and hand-crafted jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale on opening day. Many of Riverwalk Market Fair’s favorite artists will be on hand to kick off the season, including Geralyn Thelen with fused glass plates, vases,Cannon River Bowl & Spoon2015-06-20. sm and garden decorations; potters Barbara Zavaruha and Carla Kennedy; wood artisan Benjamin F. Leatham; jeweler Cathy Collison, and lots of others.  New to Riverwalk Market Fair is photographer Zach Stadler.

Featured Farmer:  Ruf AcresJohn Besse Ruf Acres farm

John Besse of Ruf Acres Farm is in his third year growing tomatoes in his greenhouse. These are real, local, soil-grown tomatoes, grown in raised beds under an industrial-sized greenhouse to allow the plants to start very early and continue to flourish past the usual end of the growing season.  Tomato varieties include Sakura cherry tomatoes, Heirlooms, Pink Beauties, Red Pearl Grape, and more; new this year are Sun Gold cherry tomatoes.  Ruf Acres farms will have fresh, soil-grown tomatoes from Opening Day through the last Riverwalk Market Fair in October, and also sells maple syrup.

Featured Artist:  Judy Saye-Willis

Judy Saye-Willis scarfJudy is a multi-media visual artist whose work includes handcrafted one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, fiber art and book art. She uses high quality materials that are rich in color and texture, creating fiber art that includes colorful, one-of-a-kind hand dyed silk scarves, Nuno felted scarves, and Japanese resist Shibori scarves.  Judy says “Every day is about discovery.”   http://saye-willis.com/

Featured Artist:  Tom Willis, Tom Willis Pottery

Sunset Studios 2 2015-06-20Tom states, “I am a potter and I go to my studio to have quiet conversations with myself about my work. I apply skill and craftsmanship to the unlimited possibilities of the clay form. I strive to create one-of-a-kind functional pottery and continue to improve the artistic quality of my work. My pottery is made to be used and enjoyed.”  http://tomwillispottery.com/

Saye-Willis, Tom and JudyA commonality in the work of Judy and Tom is the variation and unpredictability found in working with glazes, and natural dyes such as rhubarb root and walnut. Experimentation becomes a given.


Diana MonteroLocal singer-songwriter Diana Montero will be making her Riverwalk Market Fair debut on Opening Day.  Diana is a young emerging singer-songwriter, whose style is a compilation of ballad piano, fun ukulele, and powerful vocals.  High-school-age Diana has been writing her own music and introspective, quirky lyrics since she was 11.  She had her solo-debut concert earlier this year and plans to release an album of all original music later this year.

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is an open-air market located on Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield.  This one-of-a-kind European-style market is open Saturdays from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts including ceramics, art works, prints, wood working, fused glass, textiles, wearable art and hand-crafted jewelry.

This Week at Riverwalk Market Fair, vendors include:

  • Angie’s Accessories
  • Bluebird Cakery
  • Brad’s Woodworking
  • Bumbleberry Stitch
  • Cannon River Bowl & Spoon
  • Celestial Edibles
  • Crack of Dawn Bakehouse
  • Dave Peterson (Wood)
  • Emergent Visions (Photography)
  • Just Me Geralyn and Glass (Fused Glass)
  • Klaypotz (Pottery)
  • Lisa Morrigan’s Herb Farm
  • Martha’s Eats & Treats
  • McClintock Photographics
  • Mississippi Hills CSA
  • Naturals by Melissa (Soaps)
  • Prairie Creek Pottery
  • Pura Vida Handmade Jewelry
  • Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina
  • Ruf Acres (Tomotoes)
  • Ruthie’s Kitchen
  • Saye-Willis (Fiber, Jewelry, and Book Arts)
  • Schoolhouse Apiary
  • Seams Knotty (Fiber)
  • Season Fresh Produce
  • Shave Ice by goodtree farmstead
  • Stoke Coffee Roasters
  • Tom Willis Pottery
  • Trinket Foundry (Jewelry & Glass)
  • Vagabond Cafe (Quirky Handmade Dolls)
  • Wheelie Awesome Natural Products (Soaps)
  • Zach Stadler (Photography)