Isabela Alvarez

Features Saturday, July 28: Free Soda-Pop Making for Kids, Featured Artist, Farmer and More!

This Saturday, July 28, Riverwalk Market Fair will offer children ages 7 to 12 a unique opportunity to conduct science experiments that help them explore nutrition and healthy eating. In addition, visitors can meet an artist who turns wood into eye-catching objects for the home and a farmer who grows kid- and adult-friendly vegetables. Also, discount coupons for books to promote summer reading will be offered.

Learn the Hard Truth of Soft Drinks

Riverwalk Market Fair is promoting healthy nutrition by teaching children ages 7 to 12 to act as food scientists and creative chefs at Saturday’s fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By making homemade soft drinks, children will learn how much sugar is in soft drinks. Then, they will have the opportunity to create their own healthier alternatives. The event is free and is supported in part by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, with funding from the Northfield Area United Way. Just Food Coop will offer coupons for juice drinks.

Featured Artist: David Peterson

Wood turning artist David Peterson works with simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from single raw blanks. His works are rendered from common native species. Most of the wood is harvested on his property, given to him by friends, found lying in someone’s woods or rescued from more unlikely spots including firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill.

Featured Farmer: Leslie Mahle, Sogn Valley CSA

Leslie Mahle, Saturday’s featured farmer, recently told the Cannon Falls Beacon that she enjoys experimenting with unconventional vegetables including purple carrots, which are popular with “picky-eater” children. “They wouldn’t touch orange carrots, but love the purple ones,” she said. In addition, her family grows flowers and a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables including broccoli, turnips, napa cabbage, beans, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, eggplant, leeks, melons and sweet corn.

 Featured Business: Monkey See, Monkey Read

Visitors can receive 20 percent-discount coupons for same-day purchases at Northfield’s Monkey See, Monkey Read this Saturday. Monkey See, Monkey Read is anindependent used and new bookseller located at 425 Division Street in Northfield.

Youth Booth Kids

Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill doing business as Pachamama Kids will sell recycled goods and delicious homemade baked treats using Ecuadorian recipes. Members of the Northfield Union of Youth will sell their homemade organic dog treats and sodas for humans, and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return. The Fair welomes youths Anja Bedrick, and Mila and Marika Matney. The Youth Booth is supported by Healthy Community Initiative, Northfield Enterprise Center and WINGS. (Pictured above, Savanah Bird & Frank Meyer, Northfield Union of Youth members).

Musical Highlight: Bill McGrath and Ed Frost

Bill McGrath and Ed Frost will team up to play country and folk guitar at the Fair Saturday.