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Riverwalk Market Fair Season Opens on June 2, 2018 Fresh Local Produce, Great Food, Art, Fine Crafts, Music from Pan-Handlers Steel Drum Band

Riverwalk Market Fair’s summer Saturday festivals kick off on Saturday, June 2 along the scenic Cannon River on the historic Northfield downtown Bridge Square.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.

Favorite local artists, food & produce vendors at Opening Day

Local farmers will be on hand with fresh-picked early salad greens, spinach, rhubarb, radishes, kale, green onions, bedding plants, handmade natural soaps, maple syrup, and local honey. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, spanakopita, jams and jellies, cake-in-a-jar, Greek specialties, and locally roasted coffee.  Veteran Riverwalk farm and food vendors on hand for opening day include Martha’s Eats and Treats, Mississippi Hills CSA, and Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads & Treats.  New to Riverwalk for opening day is My Sweet Greens.

Ceramics, photography, fused glass art, wood items, fiber art, and hand-crafted jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale on opening day. Many of Riverwalk Market Fair’s favorite artists will be on hand to kick off the season, including Geralyn Thelen with fused glass plates, vases, and garden decorations, potter Barbara Zavaruha; photography by Zach Stadler, jeweler Angie’s Accessories and many others.

Featured Farmer:  Goodtree Farmstead

Goodtree Farmstead is a local They’ve been selling shaved ice as a family for two years and love making big and little kids happy on Saturday mornings.    The part that they love the most about Riverwalk Market Fair is connecting with locals as well as visitors.  They make many of their flavors from scratch and try to use locally grown ingredients from nearby farms and their farm.  Want more information on Goodtree Farmstead?  The website for the farm is www.goodtreefarmstead.com

Featured Artist:  Red Sky Beads

Becky Korbel, who lives in Montgomery, makes handcrafted jewelry, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, ankle bracelets, and children bracelets.  Most of the beads she uses are from Czechoslovakia and are glass beads.  Also, she uses gemstones, copper, and brass.  Becky sells a large variety and at affordable prices for the public.

Music

The Pan‑handlers steel drum band was founded by Chops, Inc. Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as an alternative performance ensemble for those members interested in keeping their musical hobby going without the rigors of marching.

The Pan‑handlers can play as a steel drum duet or trio with recorded rhythm section, as a full 18-piece steel drum band with a live rhythm section, or any combination of instrumentation.  Their song list continues to grow, including everything from The Beatles to Bob Marley, from traditional to modern. This will be the second year that the Pan-Handlers Steel Drum Band will be back to play at the market and they were a huge hit in 2017!

 

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is an 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 sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts.  Included are art works, prints, wood working, fused glass, textiles, wearable art and hand-crafted jewelry.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.

Third Annual Riverwalk Market Fair Opens June 2, 2012

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair kicks off the 2012 season on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Located on Bridge Square in the heart of historic Northfield, this one-of-a-kind open-air market runs every Saturday from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods including breakfast pastries and desserts, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top artists including ceramics, watercolors, oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  The Saturday Market features live musical entertainment by local performers as well as family-friendly activities and special events.

This year, in keeping with its mission to provide a marketing venue for Northfield’s array of fine artists, food artisans, organic farmers and producers, Riverwalk Market Fair is showcasing emerging artists in their own tent, as well as young entrepreneur agriculturists, food artisans and chefs in the new Youth Tent.

Now in its third year of operation, Riverwalk Market Fair has become a favorite Saturday meeting place where neighbors and friends gather over a cup of coffee and a pastry, buy freshly picked produce and see what local artists have to offer.  The fair has become a popular weekend destination for a growing number of visitors from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Lakeville, Fairbault, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Red Wing, the five-State area and beyond.  Last year Riverwalk Market Fair drew an estimated 20,000 visitors, nearly double the number in 2010.

After October 27 the fair moves indoors and continues through December. Check the new Riverwalk Market Fair website, http://www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org each week to get the upcoming Saturday’s schedule of events. The list of vendors who will be there, as well stories and profiles of the artists and farmers featured each week. Check out Facebook and Twitter to find out what visitors are saying and discover what’s happening behind the scenes.

 

 

Harvest Festival!

Riverwalk Market Fair‘s Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the Cannon River in downtown Northfield. The weekly artists’ and farmers’ market is planning a spectacular harvest celebration full of family-friendly events including: hands-on activities and games for kids, wool spinning demos, apple cider pressing and a community painting project, to name a few. Visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can stroll and shop amid a plentiful array of goods including farmers’  fresh seasonal produce and artisan foods including pastries, jams, mustards and honey as well as the best of regional fine art and craft with juried pieces in mixed media, paintings, pottery, hand crafted jewelry and photography. Musicians will add to the open air autumn celebration. For more information visit www.riverwalkmarketfair.org.