Fresh Summer Vegetables, Alpaca Yarn, Civics for Kids with Senator Kevin Dahl, and Band Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

The Manitou Regimental Band, Alpaca yarn, and art photographs are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 6.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, cucumber and beets 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.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, 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

Civics for Kids: Writing to Your Elected Representative led by Sen. Kevin Dahl

To celebrate of Independence the Saturday Riverwalk Market Fair will host an activity on civic participation for kids, led by local state Senator Kevin Dahl and members of his staff.  Communicating opinions and needs to an elected official is a vital civic skill.  Kids are invited to write letters to their representatives, from the school board to the President, about any issue.  Members of Senator Dahl’s staff will help find the best representative to write to and create an effective message, ready to send.

Featured Farmer Fossum Family Farm

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

Vicki Fossum can tell you which alpaca a particular skein of yarn came from.  “That yarn is wool from Hollywood,” she said, pointing to a natural color undyed yarn.  Alpacas come in 22 natural colors, and Vicki colors additional yarn herself, heating the dye bath in a roasting pan to make a subtly variegated pattern.  Alpaca yarn is warmer than wool and hypoallergenic, as it contains no lanolin.  At Riverwalk Vicki carries yarn and felted items.  At Fossum Family Farm she also carries finished sweaters.  In addition to seeing Vicki and her alpaca yarn at Riverwalk, you can tour Fossum Family Farm Saturdays and Sundays between 10 and 5.  Ask to see Hollywood.


Featured artist Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock uses high dynamic range imaging to capture the wide angles and stunning color seen in his popular image of Northfield

Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock

looking down the Cannon River toward the Malt-o-Meal milling plant and bridge.  The colors are clean and the light even, and the view a familiar one that all Northfielders love.  Dennis’ dad was an amateur photographer and Dennis has been taking photos since he was in high school.  In the 1970s he was a photographer for a motorcycle magazine.  For the past 8 years David has been photographing the landscapes and Northfield Minnesota scenes he is known for at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Live Music by The Manitou Regimental Brass Band

The Manitou Regimental Brass Band

The Manitou Regimental Brass Band

Brass playing students from St. Olaf College in Northfield are the members of the Manitou Regimental Band, a revival of the seven piece brass ensembles that played in the armies of both North and South during the War Between the States.  Expect 19th century tunes and a great vintage brass sound.  The Manitou Regimental Band is sponsored at Riverwalk by The Vintage Band Festival.

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.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at