David Peterson

Bluesy Country-Folk Music by Matt Arthur, Turned Wood Bowls, Fall Vegetables, Live Reading for Kids, Tomatoes, and Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 4, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still available, as well as 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. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit (www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

John Besse and two ripe tomatoes

John Besse and two ripe tomatoes

Ruf Acres Farm Tomatoes

John Besse of Ruf Acres Farm is in the fall of his first year growing tomatoes in his commercial greenhouse. These are real, local, soil grown tomatoes, grown in raised beds under an industrial-sized greenhouse to allow the plants to start very early and continue to flourish past the usual end of the growing season. John grows seven varieties, including Sakura Cherry Tomatoes, Heirlooms, Pink Beauties, and Red Pearl Grape. Ruf Acres farms will continue to have fresh, soil-grown tomatoes through the last Riverwalk Market Fair in October.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson, Turned Wood Bowls

David has begun to make large turned wood bowls and platters in 12, 14, and 16 inch sizes. The larger pieces are possible both because David’s technique and skill are improving and because he has acquired some wonderful wood. David has a nice piece of honey locust and expects to soon have a large walnut and some buckthorn. David says, “the unloved buckthorn is a beautiful wood with a red and red/pink color, sometimes with stripes. It is nice such an unloved plant can make such beautiful bowls.”

David just finished a show at the Northfield Senior Center, and he will be showing work at the Fine Craft Collective in downtown Northfield in November and December. If you would like a particular design David will make commissioned pieces. People are welcome take a tour of David’s studio.   Contact him at

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

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

djpmaker@gmail.com for an appointment.

Live Bluesy, Country-Folk Music by Matt Arthur and Stories for Kids by Charlotte Babler

Fiercely contrarian blind singer/songwriter Matt Arthur returns to Riverwalk for a second time this season. Matt’s voice calls to mind Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave. His roots and blues sound is a perfect match soundtrack for a day at Riverwalk Market Fair. Matt’s latest CD with his band The Bratlanders, “Heavy On My Mind,” is awash in

Children's book author Charlotte Babler

Children’s book author Charlotte Babler

vintage Hammond organ, while the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals.

“I wonder” begins each of Charlotte Babler’s 5 books for kids ages . “I wonder what it could be.” “I wonder why?” I wonder what I can be.” “I wonder where the wind goes.” Charlotte will read from her books with sing-along music. Great for kids ages 3 to 7. Readings at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12 noon.

 

 

Scenes and Music from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turned Wood Bowls, and Martha’s Sweet and Savory Pastries at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Enjoying treats at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Enjoying treats at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 12 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine.
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. The few of the earliest cherry tomatoes are available. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, 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. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday see sidebar.

Martha's savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

Martha’s savory quiches.

Pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats

There’s usually a line outside of Martha’s Eats and Treats. If you have a favorite treat at Martha’s be sure to get there early because there is often very little left by the time Riverwalk closes. Martha always has a selection of both savory and sweet filled croissants and tarts. Staple selections include mini quiches, fruit, cream, coconut, and almond croissants, and a savory turnover with cheese and spinach or other vegetables. Martha started at Riverwalk when it opened in 2010.   As of last year she opened a retail store in Dundas that is open Fridays and Saturdays and for catering. You go, Martha!

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

Turned Wood Bowls and a Jewelry Box by David Peterson

New this year among David Peterson’s turned wood creations is a round, lidded jewelry box. The middle spindle holds rings, larger necklaces are stored in the deep well of the box, with holes around the outside keep earrings tidy, and a lid.

Of course David always has his signature turned wood bowls and vases in simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from a single raw blank. Most of the wood is harvested from David’s small property (ash, maple, elm, pine), given to him by friends (palo verde, mesquite, walnut, osage orange, yew root), found lying in someones woods (beech, grape vine) or rescued from more unlikely spots (firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill).

Minnesota Skyvault Theater with Scenes & Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Skyvault Theater performs scenes and music from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Audience participation encouraged!

Skyvault Theater performs scenes and music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audience participation encouraged!

In 2004 this Rochester youth theater company performed two shows on a single weekend in a church basement. As of 2014 they are a year-round youth theater with six productions in parks, theatres, barns, farmers’ markets, and community art events. Riverwalk welcomes Rochester’s Skyault Theater with scenes and music from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you missed Skyvault’s Books and Stars performance in June here is your chance to see these energetic and talented young people perform at Riverwalk. Kids will be invited to participate in dancing and singing.

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.