Crack of Dawn

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.

Saturday July 21st Features: Hearty Fresh Baked Breads and Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Glasswork

This Saturday, Riverwalk Market Fair features a couple with a passion for scrumptious artisan breads fresh from the oven and an artist who fuses glass into quilt-like patterns. The Fair also welcomes a unique brass quintet that play selections from a variety of genres.

Featured Food Artisan: Crack of Dawn

Chris and Lori Momberg share their love of fresh, hearty bread with visitors at Riverwalk Market Fair. “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 the Fair, a fact that inspired the company’s name. Each week they offer a featured flavor loaf such as blueberry and lemon swirl or pesto Parmesan, along with staples including French boule, 100 percent whole wheat, focaccia and baguettes. This year they’ve added “pizettes,” lunch-size pizzas.

Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Years of quilt-making inspire featured artist Geralyn Thelen’s designs. Today she fashions colorful patchworks in glass instead of fabric. She also evokes the geometric lines she sees in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

 Musical Highlights: brass quintet joins the Fair

For the firsttime, Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes a brass quintet that plays under two names to distinguish two distinct styles — Faribault Brass Quintet and Alexander’s Ragtime Brass. The quintet is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, and plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.

The Fair also welcomes the musical talents of songwriter Raymond Coudret (pictured above) and the return of hammer dulcimer player and singer Kathleen Johnson.

Youth Booth

The Fair’s Youth Booth hosts young entrepreneurs from SEEDS farm (pictured above) and 11-year-old origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien.

Crack of Dawn

Our love for fresh, hearty bread made an easy transition from baking for ourselves and family dinner get-togethers to baking for other locals at the Riverwalk Market Fair.  When thinking up this new venture, Chris and I wanted a name that was catchy and memorable, but didn’t sound like we take ourselves too seriously.  After-all, this idea to bake breads by the oven-full was going to be something we want to enjoy and not stress over too much (who needs more stress these days, right)?  So, Chris suggested “Crack of Dawn” as our new name, since that’d be exactly when we’d have to get up (sometimes even before “the Crack”) to make enough fresh loaves to share with you.

Crack of Dawn offers essential loaves of French Boule and Whole Wheat as staples each week and will add a different type of bread as specialty loaves according to the season, such as Onion & Rosemary Focaccia loaves, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Wild Rice Bread.

— Chris and Lori Momberg