Jennifer Wolcott

Music by Parker Ousley, Welded Steel Garden Structures, Kids Activity by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and Tomatoes at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Cyndi Yang's mom and child at Riverwalk

Cyndi Yang flowers and produce at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 9, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Summer Produce (including tomatoes!), Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce including fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, rhubarb, green beans, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are now available. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, pickles and pulled pork BBQ.

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.

Leander Fried sells locally grown produce.

Leander Fried sells locally grown produce.

Young Produce Growers and Food Artists of Riverwalk

Riverwalk’s Youth Booth program is attracting a crop of young entrepreneurs this year. Ninth grade Arcadia School student Leander Fried is returning for his second season selling produce. Leander has a bigger garden space this year and has added zucchini, crookneck squash, cantaloupe, and some different herbs. Leander says he did well at Riverwalk last year and enjoys talking

Hannah Singh with gluten free treats muffins and chocolate mini-cakes

Hannah Singh with gluten free treats muffins and chocolate mini-cakes

with customers. Senior Nick Pumper also attends Arcadia and comes from a Webster area farming family. This is Nick’s third year growing produce, and his first year at Riverwalk. Money from Riverwalk and his dishwashing job at the Ranchero Supper Club are helping Nick save for college.   Hannah Singh is also new to Riverwalk with gluten free- muffins and chocolate mini-cakes. She finds Riverwalk great business experience from production to sales and she enjoys learning new recipes. Hannah’s best-seller is her banana chocolate chip muffin.

Jennifer Wolcott creates these garden art birds from discarded, rusty file cabinets.

Jennifer Wolcott creates garden art birds from discarded file cabinets.

Welded Steel Garden Structures by Jennifer Wolcott

While most of Jennifer Wolcott’s welded steel garden structures would be considered large, she does have smaller garden decorations. The ultimate recycler, Jennifer uses her plasma cutter to cut bird garden ornament bodies and wings from old, rusty file cabinets.

Welded steel garden art by Jennifer Wolcott

Welded steel garden art by Jennifer Wolcott

She puts the parts in a cement mixer with sand to smooth and take off the finish. Then she lays out pieces and paints them with a stencil in one hand and a paint can in the other. She assembles the pieces with no attention to color or pattern — just two types of wings and two types of bird bodies put together randomly.  The stencil colors leave the birds looking like they are cut out of fabric and quilted together.   Also check out Jennifer’s tall steel garden ornaments with whimsical names – Curly Qs and Lollipops.

Music by Parker Ousley and Youth Activity by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

Parker Ousley will perform folk, jazz, and blues.

Parker Ousley will perform folk, jazz, and blues.

Parker Ousley will play and sing folk, blues, and jazz. The recently graduated Northfield High School senior will be attending Berklee School of Music this fall. Parker and a number of friends recorded on the Broke Folk Label with producer Michael Morris. Hear Parker’s cover of Lennon and McCartney’s “Oh Darling” at Bandcamp. The Cannon River Watershed Partnership will host this week’s youth activity which will examine water Cannon River water quality.

Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday, June 30 – Youth Booth official kick-off and special features

Youth Booth Kick Off

As part of the effort to support young entrepreneurs, Riverwalk Market Fair is hosting a Youth Booth for the first time this year. The mission of the Fair is to provide a sales venue for locally-based small businesses who love what they do and want to take their enterprise to the next level. “We created the Youth Booth to grow the next generation of Northfield entrepreneurs,” said Riverwalk Market Fair board member, Kathy Zeman. Young people get to experience what it’s like to produce a product, package and price it, display it and sell it.

Three local nonprofits, Healthy Community Initiative, Women in Northfield Giving Support and the Northfield Enterprise Center, are supporting the effort by donating a tent and providing volunteer mentors. Slots for this season are filling fast so Zeman encourages any young person in the Northfield area who would like to participate to fill out application soon. Applications can be downloaded from the Fair’s website,

This Saturday the Youth Booth kicks off with two teams of entrepreneurs and one solo entrepreneur. Eleven-year-olds Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien of Northfield will be selling their handcrafted origami sculptures, members of the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key) will have their special home-baked dog treats and Anna Ramsey will sell her home made cake-pops. Pictured above – Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien.

Featured artist Jennifer Wolcott

Jennifer Wolcott calls herself an artist of last resort. “Give me a beat-up file cabinet and I’ll turn it into birds and planes and tractors,” she says. A Northfield native and Riverwalk Marker Fair veteran, Wolcott is best known for creating welded steel structures that serve as garden gates, tall grass sculptures, spherical trellises and whimsical decorations.

Featured Food artisan Anne Archibald

Recent high school graduate Anne Archibald of Archibald Mills is this week’s featured food artisan. She makes and sells baked goods, fair trade organic coffee and lemonade. In her third season at the Fair, she says this Saturday’s specialties will include raspberry coffee cake and cream cheese brownies.

Musical highlight

Musical entertainment will be provided by guitarist, singer/songwriter Kent Koester who plays Neil Young-style folk ballads recalling the 1960s and 70s. Guitarist Bill McGrath also will be strumming his favorite tunes from the era.