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Rootsy Blues Music, Fabric Bags & Pillows, and Fresh Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Kids Activities at Riverwalk

Kids Activities.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 5 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine.
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

Early Summer Produce, Strawberries, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, spinach, snap beans, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian

Summer Vegetables.

Local and organic summer produce.

cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers.  Strawberries are available.  Get them while you can as this week could be the last of the season’s strawberries at Riverwalk, depending on weather.  Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries, jams, jellies, and pickles.

Watercolors, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale. (See sidebar for list of this week’s vendors)

Natural, Bohemian Style Flower Bouquets from Humble Pie Farms

Flower bouquet by Humble Pie Farm

Flower bouquet by Humble Pie Farm

It’s not too early for sunflower bouquets because Humble Pie Farm started their sunflowers in a greenhouse early this spring. Flowers coming up in the next few weeks are sweet william, snapdragon, herbs, and dahlias. Mike Leck and Jennifer Nelson create bouquets in a natural, bohemian design style that showcases the spectacular beauty of fresh, seasonal flowers. Humble Pie Farm also sells flowers at through the Wedge Coop and creates celebrations in flowers for weddings. Mike and Jennifer are proud to grow local and organic flowers that are free of the chemicals that drench most commercial flowers that are grown thousands of miles away. Flowers bring an abundance of beneficial insects and birds and diversity of soil food to the two organic vegetable farms that share land with Humble Pie Farms.

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

Fabric Bags, Aprons, and Pillows from Prairie Sun Design

Nancy Stroessner’s handbags are made from upholstery fabric and without hardware.  “I wanted to make them very lightweight,” she says. In addition to purses, wallets, and aprons look for Nancy’s pillows in vintage fabric from the 1950s and 1960s. Hand applique word pillows feature “Lake,” “Hello,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Bella Fortuna,” “La Vie en Rose” and others, and Nancy will make a custom pillow with names or special words. Besides creating fabric art, Nancy is also Riverwalk Market Fair’s able market manager.

Rootsy Rocking Folk Blues Musician Matt Arthur and Youth Activity by Budding Farmers

Matt Arthur, a fiercely contrarian Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind

Matt Arthur brings rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues to Riverwalk.

Rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues music by Matt Arthur.

Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave, will perform solo at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

Heavy on My Mind, Matt’s latest album with bandmates the Bratlanders, is awash in vintage Hammond organ, and the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals. Come hear Matt performing covers and original songs from his album in his own

Egg Buddies with wheatgrass hair

Egg Buddies with wheatgrass hair

distinctive solo style at Riverwalk.

Monica Irwin of Budding Farmers, will help children make “Egg Buddies,” eggshells decorated with googly eyes and markers and planted with wheatgrass seeds for green hair. Budding Farmers teaches kids about healthy real food by providing fun program materials to preschool and elementary school children throughout the summer.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli,

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, and eggs 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.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

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.)

Apples are in Season

The 2013 apple crop is looking good, and Pat McBride of McBride Farm in Wanamingo is pleased.  2012 was a terrible year for apples.  A warm March was followed by an April freeze and topped off by hail and drought so most of the 2012 apple crop was lost.   Many local growers also lost their 2010 crop to frost.  After poor crops in two of the past four years, an abundant harvest is doubly welcome. Zestar, Williams Pride, and Red Free varieties are abundant now.  Honey Crisp will be available by the end of September, followed by Haralson, Fireside, and Connell Red. 

Featured Artist Gerie Thelen of Just Me Geralyn and Glass

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Geralyn Thelen has been experimenting with new glass color combinations this summer in her vases, serving trays and lawn ornaments.  In addition to her trademark blue-green-yellow combinations she has started a color line in grays with red accents, another in oranges, and third in bold florals.  One very interesting piece features fused pottery shards in a golden yellow serving plate.  What is Gerie’s best seller?  “Everyone loves vases,” Gerie said.  They are favorite gifts for weddings and at the holidays.  Stop by and see Geralyn’s new works in glass. 

 

 

Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers Activities for Kids.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Both Amy and Mark Adams-Westin began playing music with their respective families from an early age, so it’s not surprising that this husband and wife duo perform together as Amy and Adams.  According to one of their reviews, “Those who enjoy folk music should appreciate the work of Amy and Adams. This is also true for fans of the blues. And rock n’ roll. And just about any other form of music, as Amy and Adams draw their influences from many different artists.” 

Kids can create art using stamps in various shapes cut from

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

fresh vegetables and paint at Riverwalk on Saturday courtesy of the Budding Farmers program.  At Riverwalk even the vegetables are a work of art! 

Riverwalk Opens June 1: Patch

13.6.2 Patch Riverwalk opening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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