Jim Elwell

Celtic Music, Wrapped Semi-precious Gemstone Jewelry, and Fall Apples at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall 2014 at Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall 2014 at Riverwalk Market Fair

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 18, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Riverwalk Named Best Art Fair by the Southern Minnesota Scene! 

We’ve just heard that that Riverwalk Market Fair has been named “Best Art Fair” in a readers poll by the Southern Minnesota Scene.  Watch for the full readers choice list in the October 17 issue ofThe Scene.  Thank you to all our friends and So MN Best of 2014
supporters!  You make Riverwalk great.

Fall Produce, Apples, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and some fall and dried 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.

Pesticide-Free Apples from McBride Farms

Pat McBride of McBride Farm has new crop fall apples. Pat is pleased to have been at Riverwalk since its first season. “Riverwalk is a great market for me,” he says. Pat grows apples with all natural products and uses no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. “People at Riverwalk appreciate our all natural apples.”

Honey Crisp – One of the University of Minnesota’s best apples. Well-balanced, sweet-tart taste and explosively crisp, juicy texture.

Haralson – Firm texture with a complex tart flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. Especially good pie apple.

Fireside & Connell Red – Very large fruit with sweet flavor and fine-grained flesh. Good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples.

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Semiprecious Gemstone Jewelry by Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell are in love with rocks, and they treat each of their semi-precious gemstone pendants with individual care. Carol says, “Each stone requires something different for its particular shape. Even flaws can be part of a stone’s beauty and need to be displayed thoughtfully.” Carol wraps each of her cabochon pendants individually in silver wire to highlight its unique

Lapis lazuli wrapped pendant

Lapis lazuli wrapped pendant

characteristics.   Riverwalk has been an incubator and testing ground for Pocket Rock Designs. It helped Jim and Carol get started in their business, get feedback from customers, and gain confidence in their own design vision. Carol says she has learned that whatever she loves about a stone or jewelry design, her customers tend to love too. See some of Carol and Jim’s cabochon pendants and finished semi-precious jewelry at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PocketRockDesigns.

Celtic Music by Father/Daughter Duo Andy and Brynn Artley

15-year-old fiddler Northfielder Brynn Artley, accompanied by her dad Andy Artley, will play Celtic and traditional music this Saturday at Riverwalk. Brynn and Andy play jigs, reels, and a few good old-fashioned laments with a little guitar, bodran, whistle and a lot of fiddle. Brynn has been playing violin since 4th grade and has developed a true love of fiddle and now focuses her attention on traditional tunes. Expect to hear traditional Celtic tunes like The Butterfly, Toss the Feathers, Swallowtail, and Carraroe.

Riverbend Nature Center of Faribault will host Saturday’s youth activity.

Music by Wake-Robin, Dance for Young People, Hand Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry, Sweet and Savory Greek Treats, and Summer Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey available from Schoolhouse Apiary

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, 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 summer produce including fresh-picked salad greens, green beans, 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, 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

Rebecca Stoufis

Rebecca Stoufis bakes sweet and savory Greek Pastries.

crafts for sale.

Savory Tarts and Rolled Baklava by Rebecca’s Greek Kousina

Savory feta tartlets and rustic tomato tarts are new this year from Rebecca Stoufis at Rebecca’s Greek Kousina and they are a great hit. Rebecca sold out within two hours the second time she brought the tomato tarts. Onion and goat cheese tart is another Riverwalk best-seller, as are the cream puffs. Rebecca always has baklava and biscotti. Rebecca’s mother-in-law in Greece gets excited about Riverwalk and calls most weeks with new ideas. It was Rebecca’s mother-in-law that suggested rolling her baklava in to “saragli,” which are perfect for eating at Riverwalk. Rebecca has several gluten-free selections each week. Her newest confection is an Italian cream cake with cream cheese frosting.

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs create wrapped stone jewelry.

Hand Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry from Pocket Rock Designs

Jim Elwell always has rocks in his pockets and his wife Carol has a geology degree so it seems inevitable that they would design semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Pocket Rock Designs specializes in hand-wrapping semi-precious gemstones in silver to make unique pendants and earrings. Carol says it is a hobby gone wild. Jim and Carol sell on Etsy and this is their first season at Riverwalk Market Fair. Jim and Carol wrap each stone so as to embrace and enhance the stone’s unique shape. Choose from among a large collection of polished stones and they will wrap and string a necklace specifically for you.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Celtic and Civil War Music by Northfield’s Wake-Robin and Dance for Kids

Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be by Wake Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. John and Brad have been making music together as Wake Robin for seven years, and can often be heard in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.  Banjo pickin’ Helen Forsythe, earlier announced for

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

this Saturday, has needed to postpone her visit to Riverwalk until September 27.

Emily Boyd has been dancing since she could walk, so it seems only right that she should operate the Division Street Dance Studio in Northfield.  Emily, an Owatonna native, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  A graduate of St. Olaf College, Emily 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.