Featured June 23: Chicken farmers, a photographer and multi-generational musicians.
A Family Farm Inspired by ‘Auntie Annie’
Featured farmers Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Ian Rhoades are the owners of Auntie Annie’s Fields, across from Nerstrand’s Big Woods Heritage Forest. Elizabeth and Ian have been married since 1997 and have three young children. The farm is named after Elizabeth’s great-aunt Anne, who farmed the old home place in northwestern Minnesota. “Auntie Anne was so full of life she just twinkled, and it seemed that she could accomplish just about anything. Stories of her life inspire us,” Elizabeth says with a smile.
Auntie Annie’s Fields specializes in free-range chickens, which live on a clover and ryegrass pasture where they graze. “We believe that people’s health is connected to the health of the soil, plants and animals that feed them, so we use natural, chemical-free methods, and our animals know fresh air and sunshine,” Elizabeth says.
Auntie Annie’s dedicates a portion of their land to be used by the Mainstreet Project, which is making land and infrastructure available to aspiring Latino chicken farmers. “We are so grateful that we can pursue our farming goals, and we want others to have the same opportunity.” Learn more at www.auntieanniesfields.com.
A Lens on Life
Featured Artist Dennis McClintock started his fine art photography in Texas. Born in Iowa, he now resides in Northfield where he is displaying his crisp yet painterly photographic style for the third time at Riverwalk Market Fair. Dennis photographs landscapes, historical buildings and other manmade structures, nature and wildlife. His art is exhibited and sold in galleries, gift shops, restaurants and retail stores. Recently his art was part of the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit. His sunrises and sunsets have been featured in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. Dennis shoots all digital and enjoys exercising his creative talents behind the lens and in post-processing. See his wor at the Fair and at www.mcclintockphotographics.com.
Musical entertainment spans generations
Keeley Nichole Susienka
Youthful songwriter and performer Keeley Nichole Susienka’s musical taste ranges from folk to alternative rock. She says her taste reflects early childhood influences including Tracy Chapman and Elvis Costello and her current passion for Ingrid Michaelson, Ani DiFranco, and Tegan and Sara. Her vocals, guitar skills, catchy originals and unique versions of cover songs captivate audiences. You won’t want to miss her in action.
As a duo, “Dag” Wornson and Jon Thore Bjork perform as Multe, meaning cloudberry, a sought-after Scandinavian berry. The two accordion players are often joined by musician friends who add additional richness to the acoustic Nordic folk music that has been a mainstay of Riverwalk Market Fair. We’re glad to welcome them back this weekend.