Amy and Adams

Late Summer Produce, Musicians Amy and Adams, Upholstery Fabric Handbags, and Salsa! at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh late-summer fruits and vegetables, handbags from upholstery fabric, Twin Cities musicians Amy and Adams, and salsa! are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 5.

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

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

Late summer produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find 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.  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.)

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills CSA

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills CSA

Mississippi Hills Makes Salsa

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills CSA has been making lots of salsa.  Lots.  Inspired by his grandmother’s recipe, he measures exactly the amount of tomatoes needed and then improvises with different combinations of chili peppers, bell peppers, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Each batch is unique, and they are all delicious.  Also look for Adam’s homemade jellies in a variety of flavors.

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Design

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

Handbags, Hats, and Aprons by Prairie Sun Design

Before she became Riverwalk Market Fair’s manager, Nancy Stroessner was a seamstress and operated a retail store.  So it was only a matter of time before she set up her own Riverwalk booth as Prairie Sun Design to showcase her colorful handbags, hats, and aprons.  Nancy’s handbags are made from upholstery fabric and without hardware.  “I wanted to make them very lightweight,” she says.  Her hats are made of soft fleece with applique – perfect for the coming cold weather.  Soon to come are handbags made from men’s wool jackets in plaids and tweeds.  Never one to waste anything, Nancy even turns the leftover fabric into colorful buttons.

Musicians Amy and Adams

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, October 5 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Twin Cities musicians Amy and Mark Adams-Westin return to Riverwalk Market Fair for the second time in 2013.  Those who missed them earlier in the season are in for a treat, and those who saw them before may want to come back.  Amy and Mark’s 5th album, Gone… Aloft is a compilation of original tunes ranging with styles ranging from “Country/Blues/Grassified” to “icy jazz combo attack”, with a tour through bossa nova and steel drum Caribbean Buffet.  Amy and Mark will have all of their CD’s available for purchase at Riverwalk on Saturday.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli,

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, 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.)

Apples are in Season

The 2013 apple crop is looking good, and Pat McBride of McBride Farm in Wanamingo is pleased.  2012 was a terrible year for apples.  A warm March was followed by an April freeze and topped off by hail and drought so most of the 2012 apple crop was lost.   Many local growers also lost their 2010 crop to frost.  After poor crops in two of the past four years, an abundant harvest is doubly welcome. Zestar, Williams Pride, and Red Free varieties are abundant now.  Honey Crisp will be available by the end of September, followed by Haralson, Fireside, and Connell Red. 

Featured Artist Gerie Thelen of Just Me Geralyn and Glass

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Geralyn Thelen has been experimenting with new glass color combinations this summer in her vases, serving trays and lawn ornaments.  In addition to her trademark blue-green-yellow combinations she has started a color line in grays with red accents, another in oranges, and third in bold florals.  One very interesting piece features fused pottery shards in a golden yellow serving plate.  What is Gerie’s best seller?  “Everyone loves vases,” Gerie said.  They are favorite gifts for weddings and at the holidays.  Stop by and see Geralyn’s new works in glass. 

 

 

Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers Activities for Kids.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Both Amy and Mark Adams-Westin began playing music with their respective families from an early age, so it’s not surprising that this husband and wife duo perform together as Amy and Adams.  According to one of their reviews, “Those who enjoy folk music should appreciate the work of Amy and Adams. This is also true for fans of the blues. And rock n’ roll. And just about any other form of music, as Amy and Adams draw their influences from many different artists.” 

Kids can create art using stamps in various shapes cut from

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

fresh vegetables and paint at Riverwalk on Saturday courtesy of the Budding Farmers program.  At Riverwalk even the vegetables are a work of art! 

Closed September 7 for Defeat of Jesse James Days. Riverwalk Returns Saturday September 14

Riverwalk Market Fair will be closed Saturday, September 7 for the Defeat of Jesse

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, September 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

James Days.  Riverwalk Market Fair will be reopen on Saturday, September 14.  Expect to find tomatoes, a wide selection of summer vegetables, apples, and the first winter squash of the season.  Music will be the signature folk-blues-rock ‘n’ roll sound of Amy and Adams.

Be sure to visit the Northfield Arts Guild Riverfront Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday September 8 along the Northfield River Walk.  Some of your favorite Riverwalk art and fine crafts vendors will be there.

Meanwhile, please enjoy some photos of this summer’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

Enjoying a treat at Riverwalk Market Fair

Enjoying a treat at Riverwalk Market Fair

Theo Hoffrening, Cliff Martin, and Helen Forsyth perform at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Theo Hoffrening, Cliff Martin, and Helen Forsyth perform at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Barbara Zaveruha of Praire Creek Pottery at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Barbara Zaveruha of Praire Creek Pottery.

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA