Scenes and Music from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turned Wood Bowls, and Martha’s Sweet and Savory Pastries at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Enjoying treats at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Enjoying treats at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 12 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine.
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. The few of the earliest cherry tomatoes are available. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, and pickles.

Watercolors, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber 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 see sidebar.

Martha's savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

Martha’s savory quiches.

Pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats

There’s usually a line outside of Martha’s Eats and Treats. If you have a favorite treat at Martha’s be sure to get there early because there is often very little left by the time Riverwalk closes. Martha always has a selection of both savory and sweet filled croissants and tarts. Staple selections include mini quiches, fruit, cream, coconut, and almond croissants, and a savory turnover with cheese and spinach or other vegetables. Martha started at Riverwalk when it opened in 2010.   As of last year she opened a retail store in Dundas that is open Fridays and Saturdays and for catering. You go, Martha!

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

Turned Wood Bowls and a Jewelry Box by David Peterson

New this year among David Peterson’s turned wood creations is a round, lidded jewelry box. The middle spindle holds rings, larger necklaces are stored in the deep well of the box, with holes around the outside keep earrings tidy, and a lid.

Of course David always has his signature turned wood bowls and vases in simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from a single raw blank. Most of the wood is harvested from David’s small property (ash, maple, elm, pine), given to him by friends (palo verde, mesquite, walnut, osage orange, yew root), found lying in someones woods (beech, grape vine) or rescued from more unlikely spots (firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill).

Minnesota Skyvault Theater with Scenes & Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Skyvault Theater performs scenes and music from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Audience participation encouraged!

Skyvault Theater performs scenes and music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audience participation encouraged!

In 2004 this Rochester youth theater company performed two shows on a single weekend in a church basement. As of 2014 they are a year-round youth theater with six productions in parks, theatres, barns, farmers’ markets, and community art events. Riverwalk welcomes Rochester’s Skyault Theater with scenes and music from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you missed Skyvault’s Books and Stars performance in June here is your chance to see these energetic and talented young people perform at Riverwalk. Kids will be invited to participate in dancing and singing.

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