Fresh Salad Greens, Gemstone Jewelry, and Banjo Picking at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

A banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon, gemstone jewelry, fresh salad greens and other seasonal produce are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 22.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Kale, spinach, salad greens, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, radishes and kohlrabi will be available from local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Kouzina, and Archibald Mills, as well as honey from School House Apiary and alpaca wool from Fossum Family Farm.  Maria’s Tacos will be at Riverwalk for the next two Saturdays.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer items including folded paper creations and fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Featured Farmer Spring Wind Farm

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm are thrilled to be offering spring greens, spinach, and kale at Riverwalk on Saturday. If the weather continues warm Andrew says they will also have radishes and kohlrabi.  Andrew and Betsy hope to add more acreage to their farm operation this year.  “Buying land is the most important thing we are working on right now,” says Betsy, “and it’s exciting.”  Betsy, (a Northfield native) and Andrew (from Colorado) met at Macalester College where they were inspired by the work of farmer poet Wendell Berry.  They established Spring Wind Farm, where they practice sustainable, chemical-free agriculture, in 2010.  www.springwind.org.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Featured Artist 2 Wired Sisters

Tricia Bagstad of 2 Wired Sisters creates jewelry from gemstones, beads, Bali silver, and precious metal clay.  She travels to festivals and shows throughout the upper Midwest each summer and will be at Riverwalk Market Fair for 5 Saturdays this year.  What thrills Tricia?  “The stones.  I absolutely love the stones.  I love dressing them up into jewelry and carefully matching colors that will go well together.” www.2wiredsisters.com.

Live Music by Northfield’s Helen Forsythe and Friends

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, was among the cast members of Rock and Roll Revival X.  Helen and her band mates in The Long Shots will perform at the Minnesota Old Time and Blue Grass Music Festival in August.  Hear Helen’s cover of Josh Ritter’s “Harrisburg” at Bandcamp.  www.brokefolkrecords.bandcamp.com/track/harrisburg

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Kid’s Activity by Division Street Dance

Emily Boyd, of Division Street Dance, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  Emily, a graduate of St. Olaf College, owns Division Street Dance and is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance. www.divisionstreetdance.com

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is a Saturday 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 organic and 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, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine.

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