Riverwalk Market Fair’s first Saturday a perfect success!

Saturday, June 2, 2012, was opening day for the Riverwalk Market Fair’s third season. Located along the banks of the beautiful Cannon River in historic Northfield, Minnesota this was the first of 21 Saturday celebrations for the 2012 season.

Perfect weather – Sunny, bright blue skies. Temperature a pleasant 75 degrees.

Perfect crowd – Fair visitors were a mix of local residents excited about our opening (a sure sign that summer has arrived) and visitors from around the region, as well as a steady stream of St Ole alum who were bussed in at regular intervals. Riverwalk Market watchers agreed that this Saturday drew one of the biggest crowds in its three-year history.

Perfect array of Artists — Many of our most popular artists were back again this year. Several vendors were back for their third year. The Fair welcomed two new fine woodworker vendors Lars Stromayer and Dave Peterson. Emerging artist, Alexandra Betzler, was there to collect a steady stream of compliments from visitors who loved her painting of a rooster which was selected as the 2012 official Riverwalk Market Fair poster.

Perfect array of Farmers — There was plenty of fresh-picked produce, potted herbs, fresh chicken eggs and duck eggs (new!) from which to choose. Our phenomenal baker Martha Eats and Treats (luscious pastries and savories) sold out by 10:45 a.m. Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads (beautiful bread including gluten-free) said they sold over 100 loaves and had none left by the end of the day.

Perfectly impressive sales (!) — According to the Market Managers Kathy Zeman and Maryrose Gondeck the combined revenue generated by the artists and farmers during the 5 hours of the Fair was just an under $6,200 (an average of $1240. per hour).  This is an impressive sales figure and particularly important since the primary mission of Riverwalk Market Fair is to provide existing small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs with a venue to sell and promote their fine products so they can take their business to the next level.

Perfect entertainment — Hammered dulcimer and storyteller Kathleen Johnson and Jon Bjork’s Mutle quartet provided the perfect ethnic entertainment for a summer Saturday.

A heartfelt “thank you” to our team of hard-working, dedicated volunteers, the City of Northfield and our other community partners who make Riverwalk Market Fair possible.

(Photo courtesy of Griff Wigley. See more photos at http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/ )

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