Helen Forsythe

Folk Music by Banjo Helen Forsythe, Stylish Fall Hats, Fall Vegetables, Tomatoes, and Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Winter squash now available at Riverwalk.

Winter squash now available at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, September 27, 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 fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kale, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs, and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still available, as well as fall apples. 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 crafts for sale.

Sunflowers and zinnias available from Cyndi Yang.

Sunflowers and zinnias available from Cyndi Yang.

Cyndi Yang Flowers and Vegetables

With her spectacular flower selection, Cyndi Yang offers some of the most photogenic vegetables and flowers at Riverwalk. Look for bouquets of sunflowers, along with green beans, beats, onion, green and hot red peppers, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, and potatoes.

Polar fleece hats with vintage detail by Nancy Stoessner.

Polar fleece hats with vintage detail by Nancy Stoessner.

Hats by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

For fall, fabric artist Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design makes hats. Nancy’s Russian-style hats, made from polar fleece, are structured to have shape on the head and still be soft enough to stuff in a pocket. Some have a contemporary look, like her Hudson’s Bay white-with-stripes design. Others have vintage-style detailing and button accents to give a vintage 1920’s look. Colors include white, brown, red, green, and autumn orange. Also look for Nancy’s fabric purses and pillows. Check out Nancy’s fabric creations at Etsy.

Live Music by Northfield’s Helen Forsythe and Friends

Helen Forsythe and friends at Riverwalk.

Helen Forsythe and friends at Riverwalk.

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 attends Northfield High School and has performed with the Latino Short Play Festival, Rock and Roll Revival, and the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. You’ll also see Helen at lots of earth-friendly activities, such as last January’s Northfield Area Climate Summit. Hear Helen’s cover of Josh Ritter’s “Harrisburg” at Bandcamp.

David Walbridge and his Big Fun Show.

David Walbridge and his Big Fun Show.

Kids Activity at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be hosted by the Friends of the Northield Library.  David Walbridge, a one-man-circus of comedy, magic, juggling, modern vaudeville will perform at 11 am.  Be sure to catch the the great family show.

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.