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Fall Fruits and Vegetables, Musician Matt Arthur, Handcrafted Leather Goods, and Alpaca Yarn at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall fruits and vegetables, alpaca yarn and rovings, local favorite rocking folk blues musician Matt Arthur, and handcrafted leather goods are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 12.

Martha's savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

Martha’s savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

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

Fall produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash.  Zestar, State Fair, and Honey Crisp apples are currently available, with Haralsons available depending on the weather.  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.  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.)

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Kelly Asada of KD Asada Studio, Handcrafted Leather Goods

Kelly Asada has been very busy since he started selling handcrafted leather goods this year at Riverwalk Market Fair.  Customers have been bringing him product ideas, like the cell phone sleeve he now carries.  Kelly’s best sellers are belts and a money clip with a center spring clip that hold bills neatly in place.  The clip is small and fits in a front pocket.  Other favorites are Kelly’s leather java cuff for hot coffee and custom dog collars.

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

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

Rootsy Rocking Folk Blues Musician Matt Arthur

Matt Arthur is a fiercely contrarian Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave.  Fresh off an August tour of the western US with band mates The Bratlanders, Matt will perform solo at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

Heavy on My Mind, Matt’s latest album with the Bratlanders, is awash in vintage Hammond organ, and the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals.  Come hear Matt performing covers and original songs from his album in his own distinctive solo style at Riverwalk this Saturday.

Fossum Family Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Yarn

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

The Fossum family knows livestock.  Before they turned to raising alpacas, Kevin Fossum raised dairy and beef cattle, pigs, and sheep.  They began raising alpacas in 2003 and in no time they went from being a cattle farm to “the alpaca lifestyle.” When asked for a quote, Vicki wrote this thorough description of the Fossum Farm Alpaca operation.

“The two kinds of alpaca are Huacaya and Suri.  Huacaya fiber grows out from the alpacas body similar to sheep and the fiber has crimp to it.  Suri fiber grows down from the alpacas body and has individual locks and natural luster.  Suri is used more for fine, drapey or lacey items or woven into fine fabrics.  Huacaya has a little more memory to it so it is used for most anything from socks, hats, scarves, mittens.”

“Alpaca fiber is classed as a luxury fiber (like cashmere, mohair and angora) due to its fineness and relative scarcity. Although very fine, it is also a strong fiber so items will last a very long time, are extremely warm and wick moisture. Since alpaca has no lanolin, it is hypoallergenic.”

“We are now offering hand spun yarns from spinners around the world who are spinning our animals fiber as well

Hand dyed alpaca yarn from Fossum Family Farm.

Hand dyed alpaca yarn from Fossum Family Farm.

as yarn locally spun at a wonderful mill in Hastings.  I have developed an addiction to dyeing and have lots of hand dyed yarns and naturals (alpaca comes in 22 natural colors so a lot to choose from!).  We recently purchased a FeltLOOM and so will be featuring many items in the near future made from alpaca felt — purses, scarves, pillows, IPad/Kindle cases, insoles, and so on.  Our goal is to always use all our fiber; courser fiber for bird nesting silos, rugs, insoles, purses (things not against your skin) and fine, soft fiber for next to the skin items such as yarns, scarves, etc. Nothing goes to waste!”

“Life is always busy on the farm; 10 crias (babies) so far with 2 more to go.  We also brought in 10 more boarders so we will be up over 90 by the end of the year.  Add in the yaks and all their possibilities with fiber and meat and things will be staying busy for a long time…but that is what we love.”

Thank you, Vicki, for sharing the Fossum Family Farm with Riverwalk Market Fair.

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 www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

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 www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.