Music by Russell Franek, Jewelry, Art and Fine Crafts, Handmade Natural Soaps, Local Produce and Artisan Foods at August 12 Riverwalk Market Fair

Music by Russell Franek, fresh local produce and artisan foods, the area’s finest art and crafts, and the Northfield Public Library Book Bike, all at Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday August 12 from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine, in historic downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square.


Seasonal Produce from Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Crafts

Local farmers have early summer produce including fresh-picked romaine, green and red butter lettuce, Swiss chard, arugula, kale, kohlrabi, fennel, rhubarb, spinach, radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, peas, potatoes, zucchini, cilantro, broccoli, and herbs, as well as local soil-grown tomatoes, and handmade natural soaps.  Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, cookies and cupcakes, jams and jellies, and locally roasted coffee.

Wood hand-crafted home accessories, jewelry, fiber art, watercolor paintings, photography, glass art, and pottery are among the fine art and fine crafts for sale.  All art and fine crafts are original work, designed and created by the artists.

For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit

Featured Farmer:  Sogn Velley Farm

            Tim Mahle and his partner Jody Britz farm in Cannon Falls, more precisely Sogn Valley.  They sell almost anything you can grow; specializing in tomatoes, strawberries, and potatoes.  The farms vegetables are grown without chemicals and are grown organically although not yet certified.  The website for Sogn Valley Farm is

Featured Artist: Idlewilde

Cheryl is a new vendor to Riverwalk Market Fair in 2017 and she makes artisan soy candles with hand-crafted fragrances.  The fragrances are true and strong, clean burning, and all natural.  If you’d like to see some of her craft go to or come down to the market!

Vendors are Needed at Riverwalk Market Fair

We are always looking for high quality farms, artisan foods, and artists as vendors for the Riverwalk Market Fair.  If you fill that description, please go to and click on “Become a Vendor”.  From there you can find applications for the 2017 season.  If you have questions email

Russell Franek to play August 12 at Riverwalk Market Fair

            Russell, a Northfield area native, will be playing his guitar and singing classic rock, southern rock, and country music this Saturday.  He has a few different bands that he is a part of including his new solo project Harley & the Butcher plus the 8th Street Band.

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is an 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 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, wood working, fused glass, textiles, wearable art and hand-crafted jewelry.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at

Vendors for this week:

Artists – 

Seams Knotty

Cannon River Bowl & Spoon

Zach Stadler Photography

Brad’s Woodworking

Bumbleberry Stitch

Vagabond Cafe

Wheelie Awesome Natural Products

Angie’s Accessories

Trinket Foundry

Wolcott Art

Prairie Creek Pottery

Emergent Visions

BP Art

Red Sky Beads

Essentials by Tracie


Dale’s Funky Glass

Di’s Dangles

Farmer/Food –

Pheng Yang Produce

Naturals by Melissa

Season Flowers

Mississippi Hills Produce

Ruf Acres Farm

Groundwire Coffee

Crack of Dawn Bakehouse

Sogn Valley Produce

Martha’s Eats & Treats

Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina

Kris Cupcakes

Groveland Confections

Youth Booth –

Forest Allen


Third Annual Riverwalk Market Fair Opens June 2, 2012

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair kicks off the 2012 season on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Located on Bridge Square in the heart of historic Northfield, this one-of-a-kind open-air market runs every Saturday from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods including breakfast pastries and desserts, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top artists including ceramics, watercolors, oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  The Saturday Market features live musical entertainment by local performers as well as family-friendly activities and special events.

This year, in keeping with its mission to provide a marketing venue for Northfield’s array of fine artists, food artisans, organic farmers and producers, Riverwalk Market Fair is showcasing emerging artists in their own tent, as well as young entrepreneur agriculturists, food artisans and chefs in the new Youth Tent.

Now in its third year of operation, Riverwalk Market Fair has become a favorite Saturday meeting place where neighbors and friends gather over a cup of coffee and a pastry, buy freshly picked produce and see what local artists have to offer.  The fair has become a popular weekend destination for a growing number of visitors from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Lakeville, Fairbault, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Red Wing, the five-State area and beyond.  Last year Riverwalk Market Fair drew an estimated 20,000 visitors, nearly double the number in 2010.

After October 27 the fair moves indoors and continues through December. Check the new Riverwalk Market Fair website, each week to get the upcoming Saturday’s schedule of events. The list of vendors who will be there, as well stories and profiles of the artists and farmers featured each week. Check out Facebook and Twitter to find out what visitors are saying and discover what’s happening behind the scenes.



Just Me Geralyn and Glass – Gerie Thelen

Gerie Thelen is a fused glass artisan whose wares include jewelry and various functional art such as plates, platters, and bottle stoppers.

Gerie believes that everyone has a story to tell, and her way of telling stories is through her glass. All her “stories” are assembled and kiln-fired with the utmost personal care. Each one is an original work of art.

All of the pieces have a similar cheeriness to them—with slick bright colors that are easy on the eyes. Her jewelry is created in a variety of styles; some necklace pieces look like polished rocks while others are more intricate—with overlapping shapes and angles.

The plates and platters are created in the same style (bright, fun, chic) —but she also does commission work.