Late Summer Produce, Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, and a Cannon River Watershed Model at Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh late-summer fruits and vegetables, Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, and a watershed model of the Cannon River for kids are just part of what you’ll see at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, September 28.

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

Late summer produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash.  Zestar and State Fair apples are currently available, with Honey Crisps available soon.  All produce  at Riverwalk is grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, 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 www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm at Riverwalk.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm at Riverwalk.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister and Spring Wind Farm

Riverwalk regulars Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allliser of Spring Wind Farm are thrilled to have completed the purchase of their first piece of farm land this summer, located adjacent to the land they currently rent.  How will this change their operation?  “We’ll be able to invest more in the soil,” says Betsy.  “Now that we know we’ll be working this land for the long haul we can invest more compost, more cover cropping to enrich the soil, rest the land periodically, and plant perennials like fruit trees and berries.”  And they plan to build a house.  Meanwhile, Betsy and Andrew bring their vegetables for sale at Riverwalk Market Fair each Saturday.

Turned Wood Bud Vases by David Peterson

Wood craftsman David Peterson has spent the summer developing a design for bud vases from his

David Peterson with some of  his turned wood bowls at Riverwalk Market Fair

David Peterson with some of his turned wood bowls at Riverwalk Market Fair

signature turned wood.  The secret is an Erlenmeyer flask (the flared kind you see in chemistry labs) set into the wood.  The narrow flask mouth is flush with the top of the vase and flares unseen inside the wood to hold more water.  A separate glued bottom piece seals the flask inside the finished turned wood vase, leaving abundant wood surface to show off the polished grain.   One particular vase came from a fruit tree David’s neighbor wanted cut down, and incorporates a knot across the top.

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass and a Cannon River Watershed Model for Kids.

Faribault’s Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.  If the members look familiar, you may also have seen them playing a different style of music as the Faribault Brass Quintet.  This small reprise of the hugely fun Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership will provide the Riverwalk Market Fair youth activity this Saturday.  It’s a watershed model showing how pollutants, runoff, and other factors affect water quality in the Cannon River.

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