Angie Frawley

Music by Neil Rowley, Planting Beansprouts for Kids, Flowers & Vegetables, Fabric Ties, Headbands, and Jewelry at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Shopping for watercolors at Riverwalk.

Shopping for watercolors at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 19 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine.
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce including fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, rhubarb, green beans, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. Local, hothouse-grown heirloom tomatoes are now available. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, pickles and pulled pork BBQ.

Photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.

Cyndi Yang Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers vendor Cindi Yang and her mom.

Fresh Flowers vendor Cyndi Yang and her mom.

The first thing you should know about Cyndi Yang Fresh Flowers is that she grows vegetables too. This week look for potatoes, wax beans, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, leeks, kale, snow peas, basil, dill, mint, cilantro and other herbs. Flowers in season now are spectacular orange lilies, sunflowers, and zinnias.

Cyndi’s mom works with her at the farm and at Riverwalk. Cyndi, her mom, her aunts and uncles, and the entire extended Laotian family in Minnesota grow produce. Cyndi started working on farms early, picking cucumbers for pickling when she was in school. While Cyndi and her mom have been growing and selling

Angie Frawley

Jewelry and Accessories by Angie Frawley

produce for 8 years, this is their first year at Riverwalk and Cyndi has now taken the lead on their produce business. In addition to Riverwalk they sell at produce markets in Minneapolis and Excelsior. Cyndi likes Riverwalk because it is convenient to their land in Rosemount.

Angie’s Accessories by Angie Frawley and Seams Knotty by Gretchen Fierke

For Angie Frawley’s fourth year at Riverwalk Market Fair she has new necklaces to add to her jewelry and accessories collection. A pendant necklace featuring a real peacock feather is a customer favorite, and Angie will create personalized

Gretchen Fierke

Ties, bowties, collars, headbands and fabric bags by Gretchen Fierke

birthstone necklaces to order.

Gretchen Fierke creates neckties, bowties, reversible women’s collars, headbands, and fabric bags. While she has been creating in fabric for several years, this is Gretchen’s first year at Riverwalk. Several stores in Minneapolis carry her work. Gretchen’s other job is as a preschool teacher for Northfield Montessori.

Music by Neil Rowley and Kids Activity on Nutrition by the Health Finders and Growing up Healthy

Musician Neil Rowley

Musician Neil Rowley

Guitarist and singer Neil Rowley is an energetic performer who is best known as a member of Chance Meetings, a group that plays regularly in Southern Minnesota and Iowa and weekly at Northfield’s Contented Cow.Neil is also found regularly at the Contented Cow Tuesday Jam sessions and is a popular guitar teacher. A long-time Northfielder, Neil is the marketing manager for Aging Services in Montgomery.

Kids can plant bean sprouts to grow at home and learn fun facts about nutrition in an activity presented by two programs under the umbrella of the outstandingly effective Healthy Community Initiative. Heath Finders serves as an integral part of the health-related social safety net in Rice County. Growing Up Healthy partners with neighbors marginalized communities to help them leverage their own strong social connections and increase their links to services and social capital. Both care profoundly about healthy food and activities. Stop by for a fun activity and to learn more about their highly effective work in Rice County.

Fresh Summer Vegetables, Fashion Accessories, and Nordic Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Nordic Traditional Music, fashion accessories, and summer vegetables are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 29.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, zucchini, snap peas, and fresh flowers 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. Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit

Featured Farmer Mississippi Hills

Everyone asks about the kale chips.  “Last week I totally sold out of them,” said Adam Weeks, who with partner Leslie Orth, farms Mississippi Hills CSA.  “The trick to good kale chips is to stir several times while drying so the chips crisp up.”  Mississippi Hills also carries fresh produce, vegetable plants, fresh cut flowers, salsa and flavorful black raspberry jelly.  2013 is Adam’s first year as partner on the farm, after working there in 2012.

Featured artist Angie’s Accessories

Angie Frawley of Angie's Accessories at Riverwalk Market Fair

Angie Frawley of Angie’s Accessories at Riverwalk Market Fair

Angie Frawley started her business making headbands without knowing where she was going to sell them.  Her mom suggested Riverwalk Market Fair, and 2013 is her second hear as a vendor.  Headbands continue as her best seller, followed by her affordably priced beaded necklaces.  A Northfield High School graduate, Angie now lives in Lonsdale.






Live traditional Nordic Music by Multe

Jon Bjork (right) and the members of Multe at Riverwalk Market Fair

Jon Bjork (right) and the members of Multe at Riverwalk Market Fair

With a name like Bjork (Norwegian meaning “birch”) one can see why Jon Bjork plays Nordic traditional music.  Jon’s first instrument was guitar, which he still plays in several bands.  Accordion is his instrument of choice for the Scandinavian and Nordic Traditional music played by Multe.  The band takes its name from the Scandinavian root word for “cloudberry,” the rare slow-growing sub-arctic bramble fruit found throughout the Nordic countries.  Joining Jon on Saturday will be Multe members Glenn Lee, Bruce Jensen, Doug Wornson, and Jerry Johnson.



Folk Dancing for Children and Adults

A potpourri of folkdances with audience participation will be presented by the Friday Folkdancers and an afterschool dance and music class.  Kate Stuart leads The  Friday Folkdancers jointly sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center, and a Northfield homeschool/afterschool dance and music class.   Come watch and participate in folkdances from around the world and from the eras of Shakespeare and Jane Austen.

Saturday, August 4 Features at Riverwalk Market Fair

This Saturday, visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can purchase a poem or short story written on the spot, talk with an entrepreneur who makes hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, savor scrumptious made-from-scratch pastries, and listen to a variety of live folk music.

Featured Food Artisan: Martha Schuetzle

“Martha” means melt-in-the-mouth pastries to most visitors of Riverwalk Market Fair. This Saturday, Martha Schuetzle is the Fair’s featured food artisan. Aside from her baked-to-perfection scones, quiche, rolls and croissants, Schuetzle wants her patrons to know that she strives to use regional ingredients whenever she can, including vegetables and herbs from her garden, Valley View Dairy products and North Dakota Mill flour, which is unbleached and contains no bromates. “Everything I make is entirely from scratch; I use no artificial color or flavoring,” Schuetzle says. She plans to be at the Fair through December (it moves inside in November) and to open a storefront business Fridays and Saturdays in Dundas beginning in February.

Featured Artist: Angie Frawley

For this week’s featured artist Angie Frawley of Angie’s Accessories, jewelry making started out as a hobby and now is something she really enjoys and is able to sell. She concentrates on hand-crafted, beaded accessories including earrings, bracelets and bookmarks, as well as colorful headbands made from recycled t-shirts.

Musical Highlight: Wake Robin

Wake Robin is a Northfield based duo comprised of Brad Easterson on fiddle and John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, with an emphasis on Celtic and American Civil War songs. They have been making music together as Wake Robin for six years, and can often be found in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.

Friend of the Market: Writer Mary Steil

Mary Steil will be at the Fair this Saturday with her popular “Writing Store.”  Inspired to “bring writing into the open,” she will write extemporaneously upon request. The price is just 25 cents for a poem and 50 cents for a short story. Steil will donate all of her proceeds to Riverwalk Market Fair.

Youth Booth: Three local entrepreneurs

Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill, doing business as Pachamama Kids, will sell recycled goods and delicious homemade baked treats using Ecuadorian recipes.  Youth farmers from SEEDS (above) will offer their newly harvested produce and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return to the Fair.