Bill McGrath

Music by Bill McGrath, Musical Feature by Chase Ingraham, Fiber Arts, Art and Fine Craft, Local Produce, and Artisan Foods at October 8 Riverwalk Market Fair

radishes-from-pheng-yang-produceLocal farmers have early fall produce such as apples, squash, beets, sweet corn, melons, green beans, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cpurple-flowers-from-seasons-freshucumber, fresh salad greens, kale, potatoes, green peppers, sweet peppers, beets, onions, carrots and herbs, as well as tomatoes, honey, maple syrup, flower bouquets, and handmade natural soaps.

tomato-tarts-from-rebeccas-greek-kouzinaArtisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, cookies and cupcakes, baklava, jams and jellies, shaved ice, and locally roasted coffee.


bumbleberry-stitch-bowls-611-2016Fiber art, pottery, wood hand-crafted home accessories, fused glass, photography, painting, and jewelry are among the fine art and fine craft for sale.  All art and fine craft is original work, designed and created by the artists.


Featured Artist:   Mary Moss of Bumbleberry Stitch

bumbleberry-2015-08-08-smMary Moss makes artfully-sewn accessories that are fun to use every day including journals, aprons, tea towels, key fobs, zip pouches, bags, crayon wallets, wall art, and more.  With a passion for patchwork, quilting, and design, Mary especially enjoys the art of combining fabrics.  You can find her fresh, modern fabric choices pieced and patched throughout her collection.

bumbleberry-stitch-2016-10-1Sewing since she was a young girl, Mary turned her love of fabric into her vocation as well as her avocation, and loves to share what she knows and loves about sewing with others.


Featured Artist:   Will Moss of Vagabond Cafe

will-moss-dolls-6-11-2016Will Moss is a self-taught artist who learned to sew in 2009 and has been making strange and unusual art dolls ever since.  He says,

“I love the idea of bringing something to life that can affect a person in different ways, and doll making is a perfect way for me to do that.  There’s something behind the eyes and thin layer of fabric that’s not just stuffing.will-moss-dolls-2-6-11-2016  Dolls can seem real, make you feel something—a touch of melancholy, joy, give you a good fright, or perhaps be a good friend.”


Music on October 8 by Northfield Folk Musician Bill McGrath

Bill regularly plays at Riverwalk Market Fair as part of the group, Bonnie and the Clydes.  This week, we have the pleasure of hearing Bill as a solo act, as well as various friends who will be stopping by to collaborate in music.


Music Feature from 9-10 a.m. by Chase Ingraham

Come early to hear young musician Chase Ingraham play percussive finger style guitar.  Chase is a freshman at Arcadia Charter School and has been playing for ten years.


At the Friends of the Market tent: Northfield Area Community Solar

Learn about solar energy, solar gardens, and how you can participate.


Vendors at Market on October 8

  • Brad’s Woodworking
  • Bumbleberry Stitch
  • Cannon Belles Cheese
  • Celestial Edibles
  • Crack of Dawn Bakehouse
  • Dave Peterson (Wood)
  • Emergent Visions
  • Just Me Geralyn and Glass
  • Kris’ Cupcakes
  • Lime Creek Art
  • Lisa Morrigan’s Herb Farm
  • Martha’s Eats & Treats
  • McBride Farm
  • Mississippi Hills CSA
  • Naturals by Melissa
  • Pheng Yang Produce
  • Prairie Sun Design
  • Pura Vida Handmade Jewelry
  • Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina
  • Resplendent Organics
  • Ruf Acres Farm (Tomotoes)
  • Ruthie’s Kitchen
  • Schoolhouse Apiary
  • Season Fresh Produce
  • Shave Ice
  • Stoke Coffee Roasters
  • The Ruff Edge
  • Vagabond Cafe (Quirky Handmade Dolls)
  • Wheelie Awesome Natural Products
  • Zach Stadler Photography







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.