Geralyn Thelen

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli,

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, 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

Apples are in Season

The 2013 apple crop is looking good, and Pat McBride of McBride Farm in Wanamingo is pleased.  2012 was a terrible year for apples.  A warm March was followed by an April freeze and topped off by hail and drought so most of the 2012 apple crop was lost.   Many local growers also lost their 2010 crop to frost.  After poor crops in two of the past four years, an abundant harvest is doubly welcome. Zestar, Williams Pride, and Red Free varieties are abundant now.  Honey Crisp will be available by the end of September, followed by Haralson, Fireside, and Connell Red. 

Featured Artist Gerie Thelen of Just Me Geralyn and Glass

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Geralyn Thelen has been experimenting with new glass color combinations this summer in her vases, serving trays and lawn ornaments.  In addition to her trademark blue-green-yellow combinations she has started a color line in grays with red accents, another in oranges, and third in bold florals.  One very interesting piece features fused pottery shards in a golden yellow serving plate.  What is Gerie’s best seller?  “Everyone loves vases,” Gerie said.  They are favorite gifts for weddings and at the holidays.  Stop by and see Geralyn’s new works in glass. 



Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers Activities for Kids.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Both Amy and Mark Adams-Westin began playing music with their respective families from an early age, so it’s not surprising that this husband and wife duo perform together as Amy and Adams.  According to one of their reviews, “Those who enjoy folk music should appreciate the work of Amy and Adams. This is also true for fans of the blues. And rock n’ roll. And just about any other form of music, as Amy and Adams draw their influences from many different artists.” 

Kids can create art using stamps in various shapes cut from

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

fresh vegetables and paint at Riverwalk on Saturday courtesy of the Budding Farmers program.  At Riverwalk even the vegetables are a work of art! 

Geralyn Thelen on ArtZany! with Paula Grandquist on KYMN radio

paula granquistRiverwalk glass artists Geralyn Thelen was the guest Friday of KYMN radio’s Paula Grandquist on the ArtZany! program.  Geralyn talked with Paula about how she has grown her work in fused glass both artistically and as a business.  Listen to this engaging interview with artist and businesswoman Geralyn Thelen on the KYMN archive.


On October 13 Riverwalk Market Fair Features a Rainbow of Produce, Pastries and Plentiful Art

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (October 9, 2012) – This Saturday Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair will be a treat for fair-goers who are hungry for fresh produce including apples, squash, tomatoes, herbs and a variety of root vegetables. They can also try foods from American, European, Scandinavian, French and Mexican cultures and shop for art on the riverfront before the snow flies.

Featured Food Artisan: Kathy Jandro

Kathy Jandro’s baking business called Kathy’s Kolachy, named after her signature pastry, is featured this Saturday. Jandro describes herself as “a full-blooded Czech” and says she has been teaching the next generation in her family how to make her home-baked kolaches. From now through December she will give fair-goers a chance to also develop a taste for Czechoslovakian sweet breads in addition to her energy bars.

 Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Geralyn Thelen has hardly missed a Saturday of this year’s Riverwalk Market Fair. She is popular for her bright-colored glass creations inspired by years of quilt-making. Her work strikes geometric lines like those in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found both at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

 Youth Booth: Dog treats and origami

Two popular youth teams return this Saturday: Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien selling handcrafted origami and the Northfield Union of Youth (a.k.a. The Key, pictured above) selling their homemade dog treats.

Friend of the Market: TORCH

TORCH (Tackling Our Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) is this Saturday’s Friend of the Market. TORCH seeks to increase the graduation rate among at-risk students in the Northfield community by taking an integrative perspective on students’ lives. TORCH increases academic performance through tutoring, mentorships, civic engagement and leadership, as well as providing college access opportunities. In order for its students to succeed, TORCH relies heavily upon community support including financial contributions and volunteers to tutor, mentor and collaborate with students. Learn more at