Riverwalk Artists and Food Vendors, Winter 2013-14

Zaveruha and customer

Barbara Zaveruha, Prairie Creek Pottery Barbara, ever the kinetic artist, often can’t describe what designs she is working on until the pots emerge under her fingers.  She can say that she will spend the winter working on more of her whimsical elf houses.  We look forward to more of Barbara’s prairie-inspired ceramic designs at Riverwalk in 2014.  Look for Barbara’s ceramic works at Northfield’s Fine Craft Collective store in November and December.Martha serving Aug 2013

Martha’s Eats and Treats Martha Schuetzle’s well-loved pastries are available every week at her shop in Dundas, just two miles south of Northfield.  Martha’s Eats and Treats is open Fridays and Saturdays, 6 am to 2 pm, year-round.  Can’t decide between the almond filled, the raspberry creamcheese, or the savory quiche?  Try a different one every week.

Spring Wind Farm 599794_444488758924773_504661829_nAndrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister spend the winter creating their planting schedule, the greenhouse schedule, and budgets for their growing farm operation.  Planting begins in the greenhouse in the 1st week of March with tomatoes, eggplant, onions, and broccoli and all it’s relatives.  Betsy is a writer for Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.  If you subscribe to the daily Writer’s Almanac email our Betsy researches and writes the histories and stories of writers, artists, and memorable cultural figures.  Andrew spends the winter on carpentry projects.  Last, and certainly not least, Andrew and Betsy are expecting their first baby in early spring.  Congratulations!

Mississippi Hills CSA  Adam Weeks will be back for his 2nd year as farmer at the Mississippi Hills CSA.  Over the winter Adam will be expanding his rabbit and chicken operation.  At December’s Winter Walk Adam will have canned jellies and pickles, as well as Christmas cookies made with 100% cane sugar.  Look for classic spritz cookies, krumkaka, and the best mini pecan tarts anywhere.  Adam says he’s going to miss talking with all his regular customers during the winter.

Laura Heiman, Schoolhouse ApiarySchoolhouse Apiary  Laura Heiman will be experimenting with ways to keep her bee colonies alive and healthy over the hard Minnesota winters.  She and Riverwalk farmer Kathy Zeman plan to winter Laura’s hives in sheltered, unheated farm buildings for the winter.  Laura’s grandmother overwintered her bees in their unheated cellar.  The trick is to maintain the bees cold enough to keep activity low and warm enough to survive.  The entire American honey bee population has been in weakened condition over the past few years, and many beekeepers (including Laura) had no hives that survived the 2012-13 winter.  First year hives produce less honey, so keeping the hives alive each winter is the key to profitability for small honey producers.  Laura says, “All beekeepers are experimenting in unknown territory about keeping our bees alive for more than a single season.  The best experts don’t have an answer so we are all trying whatever we can thing of.  Overwintering in the cellar worked for my grandmother, so maybe it will work for me.”table of glass at Riverwalk

Just Me Geralyn and Glass  Geri Thelen is expanding both her business in fused class crafts and her range of designs in vases, serving plates, and other fused glassware.  She is actively looking for customers for corporate gifts, weddings and wedding accessories, and for more retail stores to carry her products.  


Kelly Asada of K.D. Asada Studio  This winter Kelly will be working on his new women’s line of leather goods, including purses, clutches, cell phone pouches that attaché to a purse, and Ipad covers.

528116_444488912258091_1293280834_nCrack of Dawn Artisan Bread   Lori and Scott Momberg will continue making bread, cinnamon rolls, cheese buns, and other baked treats throughout the winter.  To get on their mailing list for weekly baked goods, contact Lori at bread@lorimomberg.com.

Fossum Family Farm Alpacas  Vicki Fossum expects to spend the winter learning to use her new felt loom that produces large sheets of alpaca felt.  New alpaca wool felt products will include women’s purses, handbags, and IPad and Kindle cases.  Early winter is also a busy time at the Alpaca Farm Store for yarn and Alpaca wool items, so stop by.

Prairie Sun Design  Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design will be at several shows this winter, including the Eden Prairie Lioness Art and Craft Show on November 2.  She’ll also be working on items for her online Etsy shop, getting photos of her work, and working with some new materials and techniques, including wool, applique, and using fabric manipulation like tucks and pleats.

Dale’s Funky Glass  Dale Brown will be offering fused glass classes out of his studio in Northfield. Watch his website for more information.

Earth Inspired Pendants  Sharon Kilanowski expects to spend the winter months creating new jewelry for the 2014 Riverwalk season.

Angie’s Accessories  Angie Frawley will be at the Northfield Armory for Winterwalk on December 12 and making new items for the 2014 Riverwalk Market Fair season.

David Peterson, Turned Wood  Look for David Peterson’s turned wood bowls at the Fine Craft Collective this November and December on Northfield’s Division Street.  This winter David will be working on more miniature bird houses.  He is also building a lathe that will accommodate larger pieces, such as very large salad bowls, as well as insulating and heating his shop.

McClintock Photographics  David McClintock is seeking new store venues for his photographs, and he’ll be taking lots of new photos.