July 7 – Featured Artist, Farmers, Musician, Friend of the Market & Youth Booth

On Saturday, July 7, Riverwalk Market Fair will feature an artist who crafts jewelry from canyon stones and a farmer who raises South American alpacas. The Fair also welcomes a 13-year-old farmer who is committed to sustainable farming practices and the return of a world-class dulcimer player.

Featured Farmers: Fossum Family Farm

Alpaca farmers Kevin and Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farm (www.FossumFamilyFarm.com) in Northfield are Saturday’s featured farmers. Alpacas are known for their ultra-soft wool, but it was their gentle, friendly nature that drew the Fossums to these South American beasts of burden. The Fossums sell, breed and board alpacas and offer farm tours.

Featured Artist: Sharon Kilanowski

Sharon Kilanowski creates one-of-a-kind jewelry from natural objects that she often wraps in wire. The feathers are carefully selected from her collection of birds and the stones come from the Hudson Canyon, 100 miles southeast of the New York Harbor. The canyon reaches depths of 10,500 feet, and the rocks are harvested in lobster traps then polished to bring out their beauty. “After being underwater for so long each rock seems to have an energy to them,” says Kilanowski.

Youth Booth Hosts Luke Meyers and Anna Ramsey

The Youth Booth will host 13-year-old Luke Meyers selling broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, onions, baby fennel, leeks and flowers. He is part of the Young Farmer Program at Northfield’s SEEDS Farm where he receives mentoring in sustainable farming.

Anna Ramsey of Anna’s Cake Pops joins Meyers in the Youth Booth. This Saturday will be her second time selling her home-baked cake pops at the Fair. She is using the proceeds to help pay for a school trip to Germany.

World-class Dulcimer Player Kathleen Johnson

After performing on the Fair’s opening day, singer and hammer dulcimer player Kathleen Johnson (www.kathleen-johnson.com) returns this Saturday. Johnson was classically trained at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and plays a variety of traditional music including Irish melodies and lullabies, Scottish ballads and familiar Shaker tunes. Additionally, Bill McGrath and Ed Frost will be playing country tunes.

Friend of the Market

Save The Northfield Depot will be the Friend of the Market in the Welcome Tent. The mission of Save the Northfield Depot is to rescue, restore and reuse the defunct 1917 Northfield depot for public use.