Emily Boyd

Music by Wake-Robin, Dance for Young People, Hand Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry, Sweet and Savory Greek Treats, and Summer Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey available from Schoolhouse Apiary

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, 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. 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

Rebecca Stoufis

Rebecca Stoufis bakes sweet and savory Greek Pastries.

crafts for sale.

Savory Tarts and Rolled Baklava by Rebecca’s Greek Kousina

Savory feta tartlets and rustic tomato tarts are new this year from Rebecca Stoufis at Rebecca’s Greek Kousina and they are a great hit. Rebecca sold out within two hours the second time she brought the tomato tarts. Onion and goat cheese tart is another Riverwalk best-seller, as are the cream puffs. Rebecca always has baklava and biscotti. Rebecca’s mother-in-law in Greece gets excited about Riverwalk and calls most weeks with new ideas. It was Rebecca’s mother-in-law that suggested rolling her baklava in to “saragli,” which are perfect for eating at Riverwalk. Rebecca has several gluten-free selections each week. Her newest confection is an Italian cream cake with cream cheese frosting.

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs create wrapped stone jewelry.

Hand Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry from Pocket Rock Designs

Jim Elwell always has rocks in his pockets and his wife Carol has a geology degree so it seems inevitable that they would design semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Pocket Rock Designs specializes in hand-wrapping semi-precious gemstones in silver to make unique pendants and earrings. Carol says it is a hobby gone wild. Jim and Carol sell on Etsy and this is their first season at Riverwalk Market Fair. Jim and Carol wrap each stone so as to embrace and enhance the stone’s unique shape. Choose from among a large collection of polished stones and they will wrap and string a necklace specifically for you.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Celtic and Civil War Music by Northfield’s Wake-Robin and Dance for Kids

Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be by Wake Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. John and Brad have been making music together as Wake Robin for seven years, and can often be heard in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.  Banjo pickin’ Helen Forsythe, earlier announced for

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

this Saturday, has needed to postpone her visit to Riverwalk until September 27.

Emily Boyd has been dancing since she could walk, so it seems only right that she should operate the Division Street Dance Studio in Northfield.  Emily, an Owatonna native, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  A graduate of St. Olaf College, Emily is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Dance for Kids and Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band, and dance for kids are just part of the fun this Saturday, August 31 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm at Riverwalk.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm at Riverwalk.

Most summer produce is currently available.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, and eggs 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.  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.)

Candace Knutson of Straight River Produce has tomatoes and advise for keeping them at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Candace Knutson of Straight River Produce has tomatoes and advise for keeping them.

Tomatoes, Melons, Corn, and Fruit Fly Advise from Straight River Produce

“Don’t put them in the refrigerator,” Candace Knutson says to each customer as she bags up their tomatoes. Candace is the Riverwalk face of Straight River Produce, which is operated by Bill Hein of Faribault.  Her table is covered in tomatoes. “Eat the red one first and let the one with a bit of yellow at the stem end ripen on your counter for a few days and you’ll have tomatoes all week.”  She’s got a remedy for the fruit flies that hover around the tomatoes too – a pungent vinegar-based potion that attracts the pests to a quick end.  Straight River Produce has a bumper crop of tomatoes coming in over the next few weeks, as well as corn and sweet melons with your choice of orange or green flesh.  Facebook: StraightRiverFarm.

Featured Artist Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Among Barbara Zaveruha’s best selling pottery are large and small square platters with perfect impressions of native and imported prairie grasses.  Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, Side Oats Grama, and Smooth Brome, are captured in the wet clay and highlighted with darker iron oxide to show a detailed image of each delicate grass.  The key, says Barbara, is apply just the right amount of iron oxide.  Too much muddies the impression and not enough allows it to disappear into the background of the earth-toned glaze.  “The grasses make the best impression when they are freshly picked.”  Captured in the finished ceramic plate they look like they might still sway in the breeze.

Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass and Dance for Kids by Division Street Dance.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

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.

Emily Boyd has been dancing since she could walk, so it seems only right that she should operate the Division Street Dance Studio in Northfield.  Emily, an Owatonna native, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  A graduate of St. Olaf College, Emily is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance.

Fresh Salad Greens, Gemstone Jewelry, and Banjo Picking at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

A banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon, gemstone jewelry, fresh salad greens and other seasonal produce are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 22.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, radishes and kohlrabi 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, as well as honey from School House Apiary and alpaca wool from Fossum Family Farm.  Maria’s Tacos will be at Riverwalk for the next two Saturdays.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer items including folded paper creations and fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Featured Farmer Spring Wind Farm

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm are thrilled to be offering spring greens, spinach, and kale at Riverwalk on Saturday. If the weather continues warm Andrew says they will also have radishes and kohlrabi.  Andrew and Betsy hope to add more acreage to their farm operation this year.  “Buying land is the most important thing we are working on right now,” says Betsy, “and it’s exciting.”  Betsy, (a Northfield native) and Andrew (from Colorado) met at Macalester College where they were inspired by the work of farmer poet Wendell Berry.  They established Spring Wind Farm, where they practice sustainable, chemical-free agriculture, in 2010.  www.springwind.org.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Featured Artist 2 Wired Sisters

Tricia Bagstad of 2 Wired Sisters creates jewelry from gemstones, beads, Bali silver, and precious metal clay.  She travels to festivals and shows throughout the upper Midwest each summer and will be at Riverwalk Market Fair for 5 Saturdays this year.  What thrills Tricia?  “The stones.  I absolutely love the stones.  I love dressing them up into jewelry and carefully matching colors that will go well together.” www.2wiredsisters.com.

Live Music by Northfield’s Helen Forsythe and Friends

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, was among the cast members of Rock and Roll Revival X.  Helen and her band mates in The Long Shots will perform at the Minnesota Old Time and Blue Grass Music Festival in August.  Hear Helen’s cover of Josh Ritter’s “Harrisburg” at Bandcamp.  www.brokefolkrecords.bandcamp.com/track/harrisburg

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Kid’s Activity by Division Street Dance

Emily Boyd, of Division Street Dance, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  Emily, a graduate of St. Olaf College, owns Division Street Dance and is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance. www.divisionstreetdance.com

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.