Music by Bonnie & the Clydes, Art and Fine Craft, Local Produce, & Artisan Foods at September 17 Riverwalk Market Fair
Local farmers have late summer produce including tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, apples, green beans, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, green peppers, sweet peppers, beets, onions, carrots and herbs, as well as flower bouquets and handmade natural soaps.
Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, cookies and cupcakes, jams and jellies, shaved ice, and locally roasted coffee.
Pottery, photography, jewelry, wood hand-crafted home accessories, and fiber art are among the fine art and fine craft for sale. All art and fine craft is original work, designed and created by the artists.
Featured Farmer: Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina
The many fans of baked goods from Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina look forward to baklava and rustic tomato tarts by owner Rebecca Stoufis. A native of West Virginia, mom, traveler, sub teacher, and Huffington Post blogger, Rebecca also bakes popular Southern and homey treats like Italian Cream cupcakes and Snickerdoodles, and offers several gluten-free selections each week.
Featured Artist: Melissa Henning, Ceramics Artist
A 2016 St. Olaf graduate and licensed social worker, Melissa Henning started her work with clay in a St. Olaf art class. She immediately fell in love, and started teaching that summer. Her love of clay is leading her to Samoa in a couple of weeks, where she will spend three months as an artist-in-residence. Meanwhile, back at her job in a local nursing home, she teaches people to work with clay and loves when they find their successes “satisfying.”
Melissa is a hand-builder, enjoys the vagaries of raku firing, and makes fun Minnesota-shaped pieces, boxes, and “scrap” bowls.
Youth Booth 2016
Riverwalk Market Fair supports youth entrepreneurs in the arts, farming, and food arts by providing youth vendors with a tent and a discounted vendor rate. Every year, we have a number of vendors who are younger than 19. This year’s entrepreneurial artists include Anna Kochevar, who makes paracord bracelets, Alex Baraniak, baker of pies and more, and a Rice County youth program called “The Business of Art.” Join us this Saturday to support these enterprising young people who are saving money for their futures!
Music on September 17 by Bonnie and the Clydes
Bonnie & the Clydes describe their music as “the kind of songs you listened to when you and friends were renting your first apartment near the campus sometime in the sixties or early seventies and your entire furniture contribution to the apartment consisted of a mattress and a coffee table made from a telephone company wooden spool that you snatched from a construction site next to the natural food grocery that was up the rear stairway above the paraphernalia shop where they also sold posters and lava lamps and had a cat in the front window named Quagmire who was the mother of one of your girlfriend’s kittens that is now sleeping in your guitar case in the back of your VW microbus next to Ken Kesey’s book, a bottle of Boone’s Farm Apple Wine and a stack of signs protesting the government’s policies in some far-off country.”
Vendors at Market on September 17
- Angie’s Accessories
- Bumbleberry Stitch
- Celestial Edibles
- Crack of Dawn Bakehouse
- Dave Peterson (Wood)
- Emergent Visions
- Essentially Charming
- Kids For Thought
- Kris’ Cupcakes
- Lisa Morrigan’s Herb Farm
- Martha’s Eats & Treats
- McBride Farm
- Melissa Henning Ceramics
- Mississippi Hills CSA
- Pheng Yang Produce
- Prairie Creek Pottery
- Prairie Sun Design
- Pura Vida Handmade Jewelry
- Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina
- Rice Co. Business of Art (Youth)
- Ruf Acres Farm (Tomotoes)
- Ruthie’s Kitchen
- Season Fresh Produce
- Shave Ice
- Stoke Coffee Roasters
- The Ruff Edge
- Trinket Foundry (Jewelry, and Glass)
- Vagabond Cafe (Quirky Handmade Dolls)
- Wheelie Awesome Natural Products
- Zach Stadler Photography