Alexander’s Ragtime Brass

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.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Dance for Kids and Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band, and dance for kids are just part of the fun this Saturday, August 31 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

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

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

Most summer produce is currently available.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, and eggs 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.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

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.)

Candace Knutson of Straight River Produce has tomatoes and advise for keeping them at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Candace Knutson of Straight River Produce has tomatoes and advise for keeping them.

Tomatoes, Melons, Corn, and Fruit Fly Advise from Straight River Produce

“Don’t put them in the refrigerator,” Candace Knutson says to each customer as she bags up their tomatoes. Candace is the Riverwalk face of Straight River Produce, which is operated by Bill Hein of Faribault.  Her table is covered in tomatoes. “Eat the red one first and let the one with a bit of yellow at the stem end ripen on your counter for a few days and you’ll have tomatoes all week.”  She’s got a remedy for the fruit flies that hover around the tomatoes too – a pungent vinegar-based potion that attracts the pests to a quick end.  Straight River Produce has a bumper crop of tomatoes coming in over the next few weeks, as well as corn and sweet melons with your choice of orange or green flesh.  Facebook: StraightRiverFarm.

Featured Artist Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Among Barbara Zaveruha’s best selling pottery are large and small square platters with perfect impressions of native and imported prairie grasses.  Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, Side Oats Grama, and Smooth Brome, are captured in the wet clay and highlighted with darker iron oxide to show a detailed image of each delicate grass.  The key, says Barbara, is apply just the right amount of iron oxide.  Too much muddies the impression and not enough allows it to disappear into the background of the earth-toned glaze.  “The grasses make the best impression when they are freshly picked.”  Captured in the finished ceramic plate they look like they might still sway in the breeze.

Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass and Dance for Kids by Division Street Dance.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

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.

Emily Boyd has been dancing since she could walk, so it seems only right that she should operate the Division Street Dance Studio in Northfield.  Emily, an Owatonna native, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  A graduate of St. Olaf College, Emily is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance.

September 22 -Riverwalk Market Fair Features Scandinavian Specialties, Wood Demos and the Sound of Music

This Saturday Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair is cooking up Scandinavian fare, demonstrating the craft of wood-turning and entertaining Fair-goers with two full bands.

 Featured Food Artisan: Katrina Karlsen

When Katrina Karlsen moved to Minnesota, she was told by friends she’d find lots of kindred spirits in Northfield. Karlsen is Norwegian and is thrilled to have found a fast following among the area’s many Scandinavian travelers and descendants for her family recipes including fyrstekake, cardamom rolls, Swedish tea rolls, Danishes, lefse and other Scandinavian fare. A highlight is her traditional tiered wedding cake, kransekake, which can be ordered at vikingbaker@gmail.com. Watch for Scandinavian Christmas cookies when the Fair moves to the Armory in November.

Featured Artist: David Peterson

David Peterson will demonstrate his wood-turning skills at his booth this Saturday. Peterson creates shapes spontaneously at the lathe. His works are rendered from common native species or reclaimed from discarded wood and remade into functional and decorative pieces that show off the beauty of the wood. Learn about him atwww.finecraftcollective.com.

 

Musical Highlights:

Faribault brass band plus Bonnie and the Clydes Bonnie and the Clydes  (www.bonnieandtheclydes.com) will arrive in full force this Saturday. Clydes’ member Bill McGrath (pictured above), a Fair regular, brings his band including Scott McMillan and Bonnie Jean Flom, playing classic rock and folk tunes. In addition, Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes back Alexander’s Ragtime Brass from Faribault featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, and plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.

 

Friend of the Market: WINGS

Women in Northfield Giving Support, also called WINGS, will be at the Fair to tell visitors about the important work their foundation does. WINGS is a grassroots network of 300 women who donate to nonprofits to improve the lives of women and children in Northfield. Visit them atwww.wings-mn.org.