Betsy Allister

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band, Bee Watching! Recycled Coffee Bag Totes, & Heirloom Tomato Varieties from Spring Wind Farm at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair, August 2014

Riverwalk Market Fair, August 2014

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 30, 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, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are now available. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, and pickles.

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

Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm with newest farmer Faye Claribel.

Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm with newest farmer Faye Claribel.

Heirloom and Hybrid Tomatoes from Spring Wind Farm

What is an Heirloom tomato? Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm says heirlooms are usually defined as any open-pollinated tomato from pre-1950. More poetically, the Seed Savers organization says that an heirloom seed is one that has a story. Open pollinated plants reproduce true from seed. Most heirloom tomatoes produce fewer fruit and have thinner skin than hybrids, so they don’t ship

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

well. Spring Wind Farm has chosen their heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for the best available combination of flavor, productivity, and resistance to split skin. Cherokee Purple is a large, rich, sweet fruit and is Betsy’s favorite for pizza and sandwiches. Stripped German is more tart, with more acid. The Valencia is an orange colored tomato. Besty and Andrew also grow what they consider the tastiest hybrids – Jetstar, Big Beef, and Martha Washington.

Regulars at Riverwalk may wonder why they haven’t seen Betsy’s husband Andrew for a while. He is spending Saturdays framing up their new house to get the new building enclosed for winter. Betsy and

James Curren of JavaCycle.

James Curren of JavaCycle making tote bags.

baby Faye Claribel are holding down the fort at Riverwalk. http://www.springwind.org

Recycled Totes from Recycled Coffee Bags

What to do with thousands of coffee bags from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru, with lovely imprints of birds and flowers — tons of them collected through the operation of James Curren’s other business, Providence Coffee? James added recycled leather and canvas from recycled cotton to create JavaCycle tote bags and

JavaCycle tote bag.

JavaCycle tote bag.

accessories. James knows the coffee business from his years in international finance and commodities. After exiting the corporate world in 2004 he started his organic, fair trade coffee business from his home in Faribault, and from then began creating totes from the recycled coffee bags. You can find JavaCycle totes on Etsy, at Caribou Coffee and Dunn Brothers, and right here at Riverwalk Market Fair. http://www.javacycle.net

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band and Bee Watching for Kids.

Faribault’s Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve

A bee hive from Schoolhouse Apiary

A bee hive from Schoolhouse Apiary.

trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.  This reprise of the crowd favorite Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Kids (and adults) can learn about bees from Riverwalk’s Schoolhouse Apiary. Come visit an observation hive with a glass cover and see of you can spot the queen. Try the honey samples and bee costume!

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.

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.