Dennis McClintock

Fresh Summer Vegetables, Alpaca Yarn, Civics for Kids with Senator Kevin Dahl, and Band Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

The Manitou Regimental Band, Alpaca yarn, and art photographs are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 6.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, cucumber and beets will be available from local farmers.  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 Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

Watercolors, photographs, 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

Civics for Kids: Writing to Your Elected Representative led by Sen. Kevin Dahl

To celebrate of Independence the Saturday Riverwalk Market Fair will host an activity on civic participation for kids, led by local state Senator Kevin Dahl and members of his staff.  Communicating opinions and needs to an elected official is a vital civic skill.  Kids are invited to write letters to their representatives, from the school board to the President, about any issue.  Members of Senator Dahl’s staff will help find the best representative to write to and create an effective message, ready to send.

Featured Farmer Fossum Family Farm

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

Vicki Fossum can tell you which alpaca a particular skein of yarn came from.  “That yarn is wool from Hollywood,” she said, pointing to a natural color undyed yarn.  Alpacas come in 22 natural colors, and Vicki colors additional yarn herself, heating the dye bath in a roasting pan to make a subtly variegated pattern.  Alpaca yarn is warmer than wool and hypoallergenic, as it contains no lanolin.  At Riverwalk Vicki carries yarn and felted items.  At Fossum Family Farm she also carries finished sweaters.  In addition to seeing Vicki and her alpaca yarn at Riverwalk, you can tour Fossum Family Farm Saturdays and Sundays between 10 and 5.  Ask to see Hollywood.


Featured artist Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock uses high dynamic range imaging to capture the wide angles and stunning color seen in his popular image of Northfield

Dennis McClintock

Dennis McClintock

looking down the Cannon River toward the Malt-o-Meal milling plant and bridge.  The colors are clean and the light even, and the view a familiar one that all Northfielders love.  Dennis’ dad was an amateur photographer and Dennis has been taking photos since he was in high school.  In the 1970s he was a photographer for a motorcycle magazine.  For the past 8 years David has been photographing the landscapes and Northfield Minnesota scenes he is known for at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Live Music by The Manitou Regimental Brass Band

The Manitou Regimental Brass Band

The Manitou Regimental Brass Band

Brass playing students from St. Olaf College in Northfield are the members of the Manitou Regimental Band, a revival of the seven piece brass ensembles that played in the armies of both North and South during the War Between the States.  Expect 19th century tunes and a great vintage brass sound.  The Manitou Regimental Band is sponsored at Riverwalk by The Vintage Band 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

Saturday, September 29: Riverwalk Market Overflows withLocal Food, Art and Song

Fall harvest is in full swing at Riverwalk Market Fair and Fair-goers can now shop for fresh, locally grown pumpkins, squashes, root vegetables, apples, kale and other produce. In addition, visitors can nosh on Mexican foods, take in luscious landscape photography, sing along to live music and listen to a 12-piece band. Visitors to the Fair will also have the opportunity to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and get better acquainted with local community organizations.

Featured Food Artisan: Maria Estrada

Maria’s Taco Hut is featured this week at Riverwalk Market Fair. Run by local chef Maria Estrada, Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly prepared Mexican specialties from the family’s red food truck. Since 2005, the red truck has served food at events throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Estrada’s husband, Rafael and daughter, Gabi, 13, help with the family business. Every Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair visitors can enjoy foods made-to-order including breakfast burritos and quesadillas made filled with locally grown foods as well delicious soups. Estrada also caters corporate and college events along with special occasions including weddings.

 Featured Artist: Dennis McClintock

Featured Artist and Northfield resident Dennis McClintock ( has displayed his crisp, painterly photographic images at Riverwalk Market Fair for the past three years. McClintock photographs landscapes, historical buildings, nature scenes and wildlife. Recently his work was featured in the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit.

Youth Booth: Three entrepreneurial ventures

Mari Hougen-Eitzman will be selling honey and vegetables from her family’s organic farm, Big Woods Farm, in Nerstrand. Bella Smith and Bella Callery operating as Bella & Bella (pictured above) will sell homemade dog treats, and the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key) will sell it’s homemade dog treats and cat toys.


Friend of the Market

Accelerate Northfield The goal of Accelerate Northfield ( is to close Northfield’s academic achievement gap by matching volunteer tutors with struggling students. Families are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Tent to create marbled paper bookmarks. The activity is free.

 Musical Entertainment

Jim Rosso and Neil Rowley (pictured above) will bring out the kid in everyone as they sing and tell stories at the Fair, while musicians Dan Bergerson and a dozen of his friends will play tunes for all ages. The friends include: Michael Berger, Laurie Brackee, Wes Braker, Zach Evenson, Mary Hakes, Seth Hanson, Henry Jokela, Nancy Kmoch, Gary Meidt, Phil Peterson and Jesse Streitz.

Featured June 23: Chicken farmers, a photographer and multi-generational musicians.

A Family Farm Inspired by ‘Auntie Annie’

Featured farmers Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Ian Rhoades are the owners of Auntie Annie’s Fields, across from Nerstrand’s Big Woods Heritage Forest. Elizabeth and Ian have been married since 1997 and have three young children. The farm is named after Elizabeth’s great-aunt Anne, who farmed the old home place in northwestern Minnesota. “Auntie Anne was so full of life she just twinkled, and it seemed that she could accomplish just about anything. Stories of her life inspire us,” Elizabeth says with a smile.

Auntie Annie’s Fields specializes in free-range chickens, which live on a clover and ryegrass pasture where they graze. “We believe that people’s health is connected to the health of the soil, plants and animals that feed them, so we use natural, chemical-free methods, and our animals know fresh air and sunshine,” Elizabeth says.

Auntie Annie’s dedicates a portion of their land to be used by the Mainstreet Project, which is making land and infrastructure available to aspiring Latino chicken farmers. “We are so grateful that we can pursue our farming goals, and we want others to have the same opportunity.” Learn more at

A Lens on Life

Featured Artist Dennis McClintock started his fine art photography in Texas. Born in Iowa, he now resides in Northfield where he is displaying his crisp yet painterly photographic style for the third time at Riverwalk Market Fair. Dennis photographs landscapes, historical buildings and other manmade structures, nature and wildlife. His art is exhibited and sold in galleries, gift shops, restaurants and retail stores. Recently his art was part of the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit. His sunrises and sunsets have been featured in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. Dennis shoots all digital and enjoys exercising his creative talents behind the lens and in post-processing. See his wor at the Fair and at

Musical entertainment spans generations

Keeley Nichole Susienka

Youthful songwriter and performer Keeley Nichole Susienka’s musical taste ranges from folk to alternative rock. She says her taste reflects early childhood influences including Tracy Chapman and Elvis Costello and her current passion for Ingrid Michaelson, Ani DiFranco, and Tegan and Sara. Her vocals, guitar skills, catchy originals and unique versions of cover songs captivate audiences. You won’t want to miss her in action.


As a duo, “Dag” Wornson and Jon Thore Bjork perform as Multe, meaning cloudberry, a sought-after Scandinavian berry. The two accordion players are often joined by musician friends who add additional richness to the acoustic Nordic folk music that has been a mainstay of Riverwalk Market Fair. We’re glad to welcome them back this weekend.