Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at Riverwalk Market Fair – August 11

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (August 7, 2012) – Riverwalk Market Fair is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by offering visitors free samples of local farmers’ foods including salsa, pesto, pickled produce and jams, along with fresh baked pastries and breads. While at the Fair, visitors can try their hand at throwing pots on a potter’s wheel, pick up a coupon for discounts at one of downtown’s most popular shops, support inventive youth entrepreneurs, learn about Northfield’s latest recycling project and be entertained by a talented banjo player.

 Featured Artist: Jim Haas

Recently retired as Rice County’s director of community corrections, ceramics artist Jim Haas will demonstrate his craft on Saturday, and encourage visitors to give his wheel a spin, as well. Haas has been making ceramic art since 1973. Although he has exhibited regionally, he says, “I like working with clay and experimenting. But I do not yet know what kind of potter I want to be when I grow up.”

 Featured Farmer: Red Barn Farm

The Winter family, including Patrick, Tammy and their children Hannah, 18 and Max, 16, owns Red Barn Farm, locally known for its wood-fired pizzas. At Riverwalk Market Fair, the Winters offer up their own recipes for salsa, pesto, pickles and produce. All produce is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals “to help you be as healthy as you can be,” says Tammy. For updates on the fall opening of the Red Barn Farm restaurant see www.redbarnfarmofnorthfield.com.

Featured Business: The Rare Pair

As its name suggests, this downtown favorite specializes in comfortable and fashionable shoes for men and women. Pick up a coupon at the Fair’s Welcome Tent to get a discount on shoes. Learn more about the shop at rarepair.com.

Youth Booth

The community-sponsored Youth Booth, has become one of the Fair’s most popular tents. This week the Booth will have four groups of youth entrepreneurs: The Northfield Union of Youth selling organic dog treats (pictured above), Pachamama Kids Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill selling delicious homemade human treats, Alden Cristofaro-Hark selling produce and handmade jewelry and Alex Baraniak, owner of Twisted Yarn, selling handmade necklaces and bracelets.

 Friend of the Market

The Northfield Transition Youth/YES! Team will join the Fair to demonstrate their innovative recycling bin. YES stands for Youth Energy Summit and is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. Learn about their project at youthenergysummit.org/northfield-yes-teams-dreams-become-reality.

Musical Highlight

Musical entertainment will be provided by Northfield banjo player Timothy Hollinger.

 

 

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