Andrew Ehrmann

Harp Music, Local Produce, and Fine Art and Craft at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday June 21
from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

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

Farmers have spring produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, goat milk soap, and flowers. If the weather favorable the first 2014 strawberries may be available! Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, pickles and BBQ. 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 visit (www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wing Farm - and a watermelon.

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wing Farm – and a watermelon.

New Starts at Spring Wind Farm

New things are growing everywhere at Riverwalk Market Fair regulars, Spring Wind Farm. Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister are in the first growing season on 20 acres of land they purchased last summer. Betsy reports, “There have been a few challenges as we get to know it, but overall things look great and we’re excited to keep improving the soil and to grow on this land for many years to come.” Later this season Andrew will begin construction on a new house on their farm. Nate, Spring Wind Farm’s first full time employee, is a great addition to the operation. Most important of all, Andrew and Betsy’s new baby, Faye Claribel Ehrmann was born in January. At six months Faye is already a Riverwalk veteran, joining Andrew and Betsey on Saturdays to sell fresh local produce.

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha.

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha.

Prairie Creek Pottery, Barbara Zaveruha

Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery continues making her line of Riverwalk favorite ceramic plates impressed with the images of local prairie grasses. Barbara collects grasses all year and they hang in bundles in her studio. “Each grass is different,” says Barbara. “Some can only be printed once, and others can make multiple impressions. Some are better used fresh,

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

and others do better dried.” One plate in her collection features wet places grasses – cord grass, path rush, and wool grass. Another has impressions of spring grasses – fescue, side oats grama, prairie drop seed, blue grama, and Kalm’s brome. On the whimsical side, check out Barbara’s garden ornament elf houses.

Listen to – And Try Out – the Harp with Hannah Caroline

Hannah Caroline, Harp

Hannah Caroline, Harp

Hannah Caroline brings captivating classical and traditional Irish harp music to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday. Hannah blends lyric harp playing with a clear soprano voice for an enchanting sound. She released her first CD “Flowers of the Mountain” in 2013. Hannah will offer young people a chance to try their hand at the harp.

Fresh Salad Greens, Gemstone Jewelry, and Banjo Picking at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

A banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon, gemstone jewelry, fresh salad greens and other seasonal produce are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 22.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, radishes and kohlrabi will be available from local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Kouzina, and Archibald Mills, as well as honey from School House Apiary and alpaca wool from Fossum Family Farm.  Maria’s Tacos will be at Riverwalk for the next two Saturdays.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer items including folded paper creations and fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Featured Farmer Spring Wind Farm

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm are thrilled to be offering spring greens, spinach, and kale at Riverwalk on Saturday. If the weather continues warm Andrew says they will also have radishes and kohlrabi.  Andrew and Betsy hope to add more acreage to their farm operation this year.  “Buying land is the most important thing we are working on right now,” says Betsy, “and it’s exciting.”  Betsy, (a Northfield native) and Andrew (from Colorado) met at Macalester College where they were inspired by the work of farmer poet Wendell Berry.  They established Spring Wind Farm, where they practice sustainable, chemical-free agriculture, in 2010.  www.springwind.org.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Featured Artist 2 Wired Sisters

Tricia Bagstad of 2 Wired Sisters creates jewelry from gemstones, beads, Bali silver, and precious metal clay.  She travels to festivals and shows throughout the upper Midwest each summer and will be at Riverwalk Market Fair for 5 Saturdays this year.  What thrills Tricia?  “The stones.  I absolutely love the stones.  I love dressing them up into jewelry and carefully matching colors that will go well together.” www.2wiredsisters.com.

Live Music by Northfield’s Helen Forsythe and Friends

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, was among the cast members of Rock and Roll Revival X.  Helen and her band mates in The Long Shots will perform at the Minnesota Old Time and Blue Grass Music Festival in August.  Hear Helen’s cover of Josh Ritter’s “Harrisburg” at Bandcamp.  www.brokefolkrecords.bandcamp.com/track/harrisburg

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Kid’s Activity by Division Street Dance

Emily Boyd, of Division Street Dance, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  Emily, a graduate of St. Olaf College, owns Division Street Dance and 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. www.divisionstreetdance.com

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is a Saturday open-air market located on Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield.  This one-of-a-kind European-style market is open Saturdays from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts including ceramics, art works, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine.

Featured Artist and Farmer, June 16, 2012

Watercolorist rekindles childhood passion

Kathy Miller (www.kmillerwatercolors.com) considers herself a young artist as she only began painting in 2006. Her path to becoming a painter began in her childhood home of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, where she had vivid memories of drawing in her own studio — a backyard tent made from blankets draped over the clothesline, with a DO NOT DISTURB sign pinned to the opening.

Years passed in which she married, raised two children and taught elementary school. Since her retirement, she’s rekindled her love of art and finds herself back in her very own art studio, this time in her Northfield home.

Kathy has displayed her sumptuous watercolors at Riverwalk Market Fair since it opened and has been thrilled with the response, sales of her work andcustom commissions for her art. Her passion for painting nowincludes teaching watercolor classes, as well.

 

A sustainable partnership

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister own Spring Wind Farm (www.springwind.org) in Waterford township. They met in a class at Macalester College where they read the writer Wendell Berry. Three years ago they started farming and now have more than 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers along with pigs, laying hens, and honeybees. Their produce is grown with no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

This is their third season at Riverwalk Market Fair, and every Saturday morning they pick everything that’s in season and bring it to Fair, fresh from the field. This coming Saturday they expect to have peas, summer squash, beets, salad greens, scallions, radishes, and more. “Riverwalk Market Fair just keeps getting better!” Betsy says, adding that she and Andrew love hearing what people have cooked with their veggies.

They also sell their vegetables through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and wholesale to local institutions. Some of their favorite crops are some 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes; a spectrum of red, gold and purple potatoes; and dry beans.

Andrew and Betsy plan to marry this August, continuing a partnership that has borne many fruits including a thriving sustainable farm in our community.