Bluesy Country-Folk Music by Matt Arthur, Turned Wood Bowls, Fall Vegetables, Live Reading for Kids, Tomatoes, and Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 4, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still available, as well as fall apples. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, and pickles.

Photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber art, greeting cards, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit (

John Besse and two ripe tomatoes

John Besse and two ripe tomatoes

Ruf Acres Farm Tomatoes

John Besse of Ruf Acres Farm is in the fall of his first year growing tomatoes in his commercial 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. John grows seven varieties, including Sakura Cherry Tomatoes, Heirlooms, Pink Beauties, and Red Pearl Grape. Ruf Acres farms will continue to have fresh, soil-grown tomatoes through the last Riverwalk Market Fair in October.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson, Turned Wood Bowls

David has begun to make large turned wood bowls and platters in 12, 14, and 16 inch sizes. The larger pieces are possible both because David’s technique and skill are improving and because he has acquired some wonderful wood. David has a nice piece of honey locust and expects to soon have a large walnut and some buckthorn. David says, “the unloved buckthorn is a beautiful wood with a red and red/pink color, sometimes with stripes. It is nice such an unloved plant can make such beautiful bowls.”

David just finished a show at the Northfield Senior Center, and he will be showing work at the Fine Craft Collective in downtown Northfield in November and December. If you would like a particular design David will make commissioned pieces. People are welcome take a tour of David’s studio.   Contact him at

Matt Arthur brings rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues to Riverwalk.

Matt Arthur brings rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues to Riverwalk. for an appointment.

Live Bluesy, Country-Folk Music by Matt Arthur and Stories for Kids by Charlotte Babler

Fiercely contrarian blind singer/songwriter Matt Arthur returns to Riverwalk for a second time this season. Matt’s voice calls to mind Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave. His roots and blues sound is a perfect match soundtrack for a day at Riverwalk Market Fair. Matt’s latest CD with his band The Bratlanders, “Heavy On My Mind,” is awash in

Children's book author Charlotte Babler

Children’s book author Charlotte Babler

vintage Hammond organ, while the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals.

“I wonder” begins each of Charlotte Babler’s 5 books for kids ages . “I wonder what it could be.” “I wonder why?” I wonder what I can be.” “I wonder where the wind goes.” Charlotte will read from her books with sing-along music. Great for kids ages 3 to 7. Readings at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12 noon.