Dale Brown

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, New Harvest Honey, Funky Glass, and lots of Brass Bands at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (July 29, 2013) – Fresh summer flowers and vegetables, the first new honey of the season, funky glass, and a bounty of brass band music will be featured this Saturday, August 3 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.  This weekend is the Vintage Band Festival, so on Saturday morning Riverwalk will be sharing Bridge Square with four great brass bands.

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

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, and eggs grown by local farmers.  News on the tomato watch: Farmers are likely to have cherry tomatoes and big slicing tomatoes could appear in another week if the weather is favorable.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.  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.)

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary brings 2013 new harvest honey to Riverwalk on Saturday

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary brings 2013 new harvest honey to Riverwalk on Saturday.

Featured Farmer: Schoolhouse Apiary

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will be back at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.  The bees have been busy and Laura’s first 2013 honey is ready for market.  Laura keeps bees on the Heiman’s acreage near Cannon Falls, where you will find, you guessed it, an old schoolhouse.  Her honey is raw, unheated and filtered straight from the hives.  “Heating honey damages the delicate floral flavors,” she explains.

As with many beekeepers, Laura lost all her hives this spring from a combination of weakness due to mites and the unseasonably late May snow storms.  She got replacement queens with their attendant bees, which lived for days in boxes on the porch of her Northfield home making excited bee noises.  Check out her Facebook description of how you get bees from their shipping package into their new hive homes.  And check out the new harvest honey this Saturday.


Featured Artist: Dale’s Funky Glass

Dale Brown of Dales Funky Glass at Riverwalk Market Fair

Dale Brown of Dales Funky Glass at Riverwalk Market Fair

Dale Brown of Dales’ Funky Glass uses a multi-step process to create many of his glass designs.  First strips of colored glass are stacked in a frame, placed in the kiln, and allowed to melt into a puddle the shape of a square with stripes of color running through the mass.  Dale slices the square into strips, stacks the strips so the pattern emerges in a new direction, and melts them again to fuse the strips into a new design.

Another technique starts with pieces of colored glass on a sieve in the kiln.  The glass melts and drips though the sieve in a pattern that Dale then cuts to fit a finished piece.

When not at Riverwalk Dale is a art lab assistant at Normandale Community College where he works with students in printmaking, glass, and photography. 

The Vintage Band Festival!

 Riverwalk Market Fair will be sharing Northfield’s Bridge Square with the Vintage Band Festival on Saturday.  Tell your friends, because this is a world-class, four-day, one-of-a-kind music event right here in Northfield.  Saturday morning will feature the New Prague Area Community Band at 10 am, The Lake Wobegon Brass Band at 11 am,  a Battle of the Civil War Bands from opposite banks of the Cannon River at noon, and a performance by the massed Civil War bands on the Fourth Street Bridge at 1 pm.  Grab your Riverwalk coffee and breakfast pastries and enjoy the festival.

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is a Saturday open-air market located on Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield.  This one-of-a-kind European-style market is open Saturdays from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts including ceramics, art works, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.

August 18, at Riverwalk Market Fair Visitors Can Expand Their Tastes

This Saturday’s featured food artisans at Riverwalk Market Fair are out to challenge the Midwestern palate as they invite visitors to explore new tastes by sampling their creative concoctions. Meanwhile the Fair’s featured artist showcases his eclectic tastes in small and large, brightly colored and subtle fused-glass works. Visitors also will be able to meet and support three groups of industrious youth entrepreneurs, listen to musical favorites and learn what a local nonprofit has to offer families for recreation and learning starting this fall.

Featured Food Artisans: Luigi Sison and Klaus Thuringer

Luigi Sison and Klaus Thuringer are Northfield natives by way of the Philippines and Germany respectively. They enjoy nothing better than spreading their love of creative mustards, jams and pickled concoctions at Riverwalk Market Fair. Someone mentioned to Sison that he liked Jack Daniels so Sison made up a batch of Jack Daniels barbeque sauce. Other creative spreads made by the duo include mango rum jam, rhubarb orange marmalade, Ozark peach jam and garlic mustard. “I bring local and authentic methods to my cooking including making my own pectin from apples,” Sison states with pride.

 Featured Artist: Dale Brown

Featured artist Dale Brown (http://dalesfunkyglass.webs.com) uses various methods and types of glass to make unique pieces of fused glass art including: plates and platters, trivet plates, business card holders, sushi plates and pendants/cabachons. Brown enjoys the interaction of colors and the patterns that form his work. In addition to Riverwalk Market Fair, his fused glass is currently displayed in the Small Works show at the Northfield Arts Guild. Brown also teaches glass fusing.

Youth Booth: SEEDS Farm, Pachamama Kids & The Key

Luke Meyers is mentored in farming at SEEDS Farm and will sell locally harvested produce at the Fair on Saturday. SEEDS, which stands for Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Design and Stewardship, provides a junior farmer program to connect children to the process of growing food. Also at the Youth Booth, Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill will sell their homemade baked goods under the name Pachamama Kids and youths from the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key), including Cliff Martin and Frank Meyer, will sell homemade dog treats.

Friend of the Market: Northfield YMCA

The Northfield YMCA will be at the Fair’s Welcome Tent promoting their fall programs.


Musical Highlight: Multe

Jon Bjork and friends comprise this popular ensemble (named after a Norwegian berry) that play a special blend of Nordic tunes.

Dale’s Funky Glass – Dale Brown

Dale Brown uses various methods and types of glass to make unique pieces of fused glass art including: plates and platters, trivet plates, business card holders, sushi plates, and pendants/cabachons.

Some works have eye-popping color accentuated by seemingly simplistic curved lines that balance the art and others have playful swirls. Dale enjoys the interaction of colors and the patterns that form with his work.

Dale also teaches in the Art Dept at Normandale College in the areas of photography-traditional black & white darkroom, and computer art/digital imaging.  He also assists with glass fusing 1 & 2, and does demonstrations on beginning and advanced techniques for the students.   He’s been selling at art fairs for the past three years in the region, and offers glass fusing classes out of his studio, allowing people to create unique pieces of artwork for their friends & families.