cannon river watershed partnership

Americana Music Duo Bobby and Christine, Home-made Bread, and Award Winning Watercolors at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Flowers and local produce at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Flowers and local produce at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, September 13, 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, as well as new crop fall apples.  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.

Chris and Lori Momberg of Crack of Dawn Bakery.

Chris and Lori Momberg of Crack of Dawn Bakery.

Fresh Bread from Crack of Dawn Bakery

Crack of Dawn bakes home-made, European style, crusty, free-formed bread.  Staple breads available every week are a white boule, a light whole wheat boule, an asiago-herb focaccia, and several gluten-free breads.  Each week Chris and Lori Momberg also bake a sweet and a savory weekly specialty bread.  “Baking bread has become such a joy for us and something we can work at together,” Lori Momberg says. The couple rolls out of bed before the crack of dawn each Saturday to make their bread fresh for Riverwalk, which inspired the company’s name.

"A Basketful" by Riverwalk Market Fair artist Kathy Miller, 2013 Best of Show winner at the Minnesota Watercolor Society's juried spring show.

“A Basketful” by Riverwalk Market Fair artist Kathy Miller, 2013 Best of Show winner at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s juried spring show.

Watercolor Artist Kathy Miller Returns to Riverwalk

Award winning watercolor artist Kathy Miller returns to Riverwalk for three Saturdays, September 13, 20, and 27.  One of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, Kathy creates floral and landscape watercolor paintings and limited edition prints.  Kathy’s “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota

Kathy Miller at Riverwalk Market Fair

Kathy Miller at Riverwalk Market Fair

Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show.  Kathy’s “Tomatoes” is featured on Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2014 poster.  A former teacher, and always a passionate artist, Kathy fell in love with watercolor as she neared retirement.  A watercolor workshop in Giverny, France, site of Claude Monet’s garden, provided Kathy with greater insight, visual perception, and emotional sensitivity in her work.  Kathy says, “Being there where Claude Monet painted, and experiencing the light as he did, has had a profound effect on me.  I am certain it will forever alter how I see and paint the world around me.”

Twin Cities Musical Duo Bobby & Christine and the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

Musical duo Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland.

Musical duo Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland.

Bobby Griffiths and Christine Bergland are a Twin Cities musical duo of one guitar and two voices. Their musical sets feature well-known Americana songs, some instrumental picking originals, lots of harmonies, and pleasing arrangements.  They play a wide array of ballads and livelier songs from Louis Armstrong to Pete Townshend, from Woody Guthrie to the Beatles. Bobby adores the Grateful Dead, and if Christine had her way the Indigo Girls would be a trio.

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership will host Riverwalk’s kids activity on Cannon River water quality on Saturday. How murky or clear is the water?  How much sediment is in the river, and what does that mean for water quality?  Come and learn more about the Cannon River.

Music by Parker Ousley, Welded Steel Garden Structures, Kids Activity by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and Tomatoes at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Cyndi Yang's mom and child at Riverwalk

Cyndi Yang flowers and produce at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 9, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Summer Produce (including tomatoes!), Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce including fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, rhubarb, green beans, radishes, 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, pickles and pulled pork BBQ.

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.

Leander Fried sells locally grown produce.

Leander Fried sells locally grown produce.

Young Produce Growers and Food Artists of Riverwalk

Riverwalk’s Youth Booth program is attracting a crop of young entrepreneurs this year. Ninth grade Arcadia School student Leander Fried is returning for his second season selling produce. Leander has a bigger garden space this year and has added zucchini, crookneck squash, cantaloupe, and some different herbs. Leander says he did well at Riverwalk last year and enjoys talking

Hannah Singh with gluten free treats muffins and chocolate mini-cakes

Hannah Singh with gluten free treats muffins and chocolate mini-cakes

with customers. Senior Nick Pumper also attends Arcadia and comes from a Webster area farming family. This is Nick’s third year growing produce, and his first year at Riverwalk. Money from Riverwalk and his dishwashing job at the Ranchero Supper Club are helping Nick save for college.   Hannah Singh is also new to Riverwalk with gluten free- muffins and chocolate mini-cakes. She finds Riverwalk great business experience from production to sales and she enjoys learning new recipes. Hannah’s best-seller is her banana chocolate chip muffin.

Jennifer Wolcott creates these garden art birds from discarded, rusty file cabinets.

Jennifer Wolcott creates garden art birds from discarded file cabinets.

Welded Steel Garden Structures by Jennifer Wolcott

While most of Jennifer Wolcott’s welded steel garden structures would be considered large, she does have smaller garden decorations. The ultimate recycler, Jennifer uses her plasma cutter to cut bird garden ornament bodies and wings from old, rusty file cabinets.

Welded steel garden art by Jennifer Wolcott

Welded steel garden art by Jennifer Wolcott

She puts the parts in a cement mixer with sand to smooth and take off the finish. Then she lays out pieces and paints them with a stencil in one hand and a paint can in the other. She assembles the pieces with no attention to color or pattern — just two types of wings and two types of bird bodies put together randomly.  The stencil colors leave the birds looking like they are cut out of fabric and quilted together.   Also check out Jennifer’s tall steel garden ornaments with whimsical names – Curly Qs and Lollipops.

Music by Parker Ousley and Youth Activity by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

Parker Ousley will perform folk, jazz, and blues.

Parker Ousley will perform folk, jazz, and blues.

Parker Ousley will play and sing folk, blues, and jazz. The recently graduated Northfield High School senior will be attending Berklee School of Music this fall. Parker and a number of friends recorded on the Broke Folk Label with producer Michael Morris. Hear Parker’s cover of Lennon and McCartney’s “Oh Darling” at Bandcamp. The Cannon River Watershed Partnership will host this week’s youth activity which will examine water Cannon River water quality.

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.