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September 22 -Riverwalk Market Fair Features Scandinavian Specialties, Wood Demos and the Sound of Music

This Saturday Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair is cooking up Scandinavian fare, demonstrating the craft of wood-turning and entertaining Fair-goers with two full bands.

 Featured Food Artisan: Katrina Karlsen

When Katrina Karlsen moved to Minnesota, she was told by friends she’d find lots of kindred spirits in Northfield. Karlsen is Norwegian and is thrilled to have found a fast following among the area’s many Scandinavian travelers and descendants for her family recipes including fyrstekake, cardamom rolls, Swedish tea rolls, Danishes, lefse and other Scandinavian fare. A highlight is her traditional tiered wedding cake, kransekake, which can be ordered at Watch for Scandinavian Christmas cookies when the Fair moves to the Armory in November.

Featured Artist: David Peterson

David Peterson will demonstrate his wood-turning skills at his booth this Saturday. Peterson creates shapes spontaneously at the lathe. His works are rendered from common native species or reclaimed from discarded wood and remade into functional and decorative pieces that show off the beauty of the wood. Learn about him


Musical Highlights:

Faribault brass band plus Bonnie and the Clydes Bonnie and the Clydes  ( will arrive in full force this Saturday. Clydes’ member Bill McGrath (pictured above), a Fair regular, brings his band including Scott McMillan and Bonnie Jean Flom, playing classic rock and folk tunes. In addition, Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes back Alexander’s Ragtime Brass from Faribault featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, and plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.


Friend of the Market: WINGS

Women in Northfield Giving Support, also called WINGS, will be at the Fair to tell visitors about the important work their foundation does. WINGS is a grassroots network of 300 women who donate to nonprofits to improve the lives of women and children in Northfield. Visit them

Saturday, Sept. 15: Meet a beekeeper, bookbinder and two Bellas!

On Saturday, September 15, Riverwalk Market Fair will be abuzz with excitement as local bees demonstrate the craft of making honey. In addition, booklovers likely will be talking up the nationally exhibited bookbinder at the Fair showcasing the many directions she’s taken her art form, and a pair of pet-loving youths will try out their entrepreneurial wings for the first time.

Featured artist: Heather Bain, bookbinder

When featured artist Heather Bain told her friends that she was going to become a bookbinder after graduating from Carleton College, she was met with more than a little skepticism. But in 2010, she spent two years at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, completing the only full-time bench bookbinding program in the country, before returning to Northfield to ply her trade. Her fine binding of Tolkien’s Silmarillion is currently on tour with the Guild of Book Workers’ national exhibition. At Riverwalk Market Fair she sells decorative papers, blank journals and miniature book jewelry. She also takes commissions. Learn more at

 Featured Farmer: Schoolhouse Apiary, beekeepers

Teacher Laura Heiman started keeping bees and making honey as well as beeswax candles about a decade ago. She named her operation Schoolhouse Apiary and now has 15 hives in bee-yards located in Northfield, Cannon Falls and Nerstrand’s Simple Harvest Farm Organics. This Saturday, Heiman will bring bees so viewers can see them active in the hive. The honey is raw, unheated, filtered honey straight from the hives. “Heating honey damages the delicate floral flavors of honey. Come by for a taste and see for yourself!” she offers.

 Youth Booth: Bella and Bella plus the Key

Bella Smith and Bella Callery do business as “Bella and Bella” and will sell homemade dog biscuits and dog tags for the first time at the Fair Saturday. “We love dogs and we love to give them fun, healthy snacks,” say the dual Bellas. They will be joined by members of the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key, pictured above), who are adding cat toys to sales of their popular homemade dog treats.  Learn more

 Musical Highlight

Bill McGrath (above), Butch Armstrong and Ann Jensen will join together in playing folk favorites.

For Kids

Jennifer Cox Johnson will offer a theatrical reading for kids at 10:30 a.m. behind the Welcome Tent.

Features Saturday, July 28: Free Soda-Pop Making for Kids, Featured Artist, Farmer and More!

This Saturday, July 28, Riverwalk Market Fair will offer children ages 7 to 12 a unique opportunity to conduct science experiments that help them explore nutrition and healthy eating. In addition, visitors can meet an artist who turns wood into eye-catching objects for the home and a farmer who grows kid- and adult-friendly vegetables. Also, discount coupons for books to promote summer reading will be offered.

Learn the Hard Truth of Soft Drinks

Riverwalk Market Fair is promoting healthy nutrition by teaching children ages 7 to 12 to act as food scientists and creative chefs at Saturday’s fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By making homemade soft drinks, children will learn how much sugar is in soft drinks. Then, they will have the opportunity to create their own healthier alternatives. The event is free and is supported in part by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, with funding from the Northfield Area United Way. Just Food Coop will offer coupons for juice drinks.

Featured Artist: David Peterson

Wood turning artist David Peterson works with simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from single raw blanks. His works are rendered from common native species. Most of the wood is harvested on his property, given to him by friends, found lying in someone’s woods or rescued from more unlikely spots including firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill.

Featured Farmer: Leslie Mahle, Sogn Valley CSA

Leslie Mahle, Saturday’s featured farmer, recently told the Cannon Falls Beacon that she enjoys experimenting with unconventional vegetables including purple carrots, which are popular with “picky-eater” children. “They wouldn’t touch orange carrots, but love the purple ones,” she said. In addition, her family grows flowers and a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables including broccoli, turnips, napa cabbage, beans, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, eggplant, leeks, melons and sweet corn.

 Featured Business: Monkey See, Monkey Read

Visitors can receive 20 percent-discount coupons for same-day purchases at Northfield’s Monkey See, Monkey Read this Saturday. Monkey See, Monkey Read is anindependent used and new bookseller located at 425 Division Street in Northfield.

Youth Booth Kids

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. Members of the Northfield Union of Youth will sell their homemade organic dog treats and sodas for humans, and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return. The Fair welomes youths Anja Bedrick, and Mila and Marika Matney. The Youth Booth is supported by Healthy Community Initiative, Northfield Enterprise Center and WINGS. (Pictured above, Savanah Bird & Frank Meyer, Northfield Union of Youth members).

Musical Highlight: Bill McGrath and Ed Frost

Bill McGrath and Ed Frost will team up to play country and folk guitar at the Fair Saturday.