Jim Haas

Fresh Summer Vegetables, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Live Pottery Demonstrations at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Live pottery wheel demonstrations, Northfield and Dundas’ favorite pastry by Martha Schuetzle, and fresh summer produce are some of the treats to be found at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 20.

Selections from The Music Man!

Cast members from the upcoming Northfield Arts Guild production of The Music Man will perform a selection of songs at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday.  What could be more appropriate to Riverwalk that Iowa StubbornTrouble! and perhaps even some barbershop quartet!  Tickets to The Music Man, which opens July 26, will be available for sale.

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

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, broccoli, beets, cucumbers, eggs, and if the weather continues favorable, carrots, potatoes, and green beans, grown by 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 Greek Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

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 www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Martha Schuetzle of Martha's Eats and Treats

Martha Schuetzle of Martha’s Eats and Treats

Featured Food Artist: Martha Schuetzle of Martha’s Eats and Treats

Martha Schuetzle may have the most recognizable face and baked goods at Riverwalk Market Fair.  At times over the past several years the scrum of people lined up to buy fruit and custard filled puff pastries, scones, muffins, and savory quiches could block the sidewalk.  One of Riverwalk’s biggest success stories, Martha opened “Martha’s Eats and Treats” in Dundas last winter.  She now divides her Saturdays between Riverwalk and the Dundas store.  Her sister Natalie minds the Riverwalk booth when Martha is in Dundas.  Stop by to meet Natalie, congratulate Martha, and enjoy some everyone’s favorite treats. 

JIm Hass demonstrates pottery wheel technique

JIm Hass demonstrates pottery wheel technique

Ceramics Artist Jim Haas Lets Kids Try Out the Pottery Wheel

Ever wanted to try the magic art of making clay change from a lump into a usable vessel using a pottery wheel?  Saturday is your chance when ceramics artist Jim Haas brings his pottery wheel to Riverwalk Market Fair.  The retired Rice County Correction commissioner he has been making ceramics for over 10 years and enjoys experimenting with new ideas and forms.  RIverwalk patrons get to see his simple, functional, and sometimes whimsical work this Saturday and young people can try it themselves. 

Music by LIttle Omar

Tim Hollinger plays banjo at Riverwalk

Little Omar plays banjo at Riverwalk

Those who know, say that the best banjo players in the south aren’t found in Nashville or Asheville anywhere you’ve been to or heard of, but up in the Appalachians – in the smallest towns you’ll find in those great southern hills. The same might be said in the plains of the Minnesota… and, if it is, then Little Omar is a prime example of that commonality between the South and southern MN.

Born, raised, and still living a quiet life near the tiny town of Dundas, Minnesota, Little Omar found the roots he sought throughout his youth in music so old that it’s a shock to hear a man so young perform it with such commitment and dedication. Through his traditional, yet unique, 5-string, clawhammer banjo playing and haunting vocals, Little Omar is doing his part to be a link in the chain that connects present humanity to its past via sound and song.

Little Omar has recorded an eponymous EP set for release in 2013 on Rice County Records.

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.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at Riverwalk Market Fair – August 11

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (August 7, 2012) – Riverwalk Market Fair is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by offering visitors free samples of local farmers’ foods including salsa, pesto, pickled produce and jams, along with fresh baked pastries and breads. While at the Fair, visitors can try their hand at throwing pots on a potter’s wheel, pick up a coupon for discounts at one of downtown’s most popular shops, support inventive youth entrepreneurs, learn about Northfield’s latest recycling project and be entertained by a talented banjo player.

 Featured Artist: Jim Haas

Recently retired as Rice County’s director of community corrections, ceramics artist Jim Haas will demonstrate his craft on Saturday, and encourage visitors to give his wheel a spin, as well. Haas has been making ceramic art since 1973. Although he has exhibited regionally, he says, “I like working with clay and experimenting. But I do not yet know what kind of potter I want to be when I grow up.”

 Featured Farmer: Red Barn Farm

The Winter family, including Patrick, Tammy and their children Hannah, 18 and Max, 16, owns Red Barn Farm, locally known for its wood-fired pizzas. At Riverwalk Market Fair, the Winters offer up their own recipes for salsa, pesto, pickles and produce. All produce is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals “to help you be as healthy as you can be,” says Tammy. For updates on the fall opening of the Red Barn Farm restaurant see www.redbarnfarmofnorthfield.com.

Featured Business: The Rare Pair

As its name suggests, this downtown favorite specializes in comfortable and fashionable shoes for men and women. Pick up a coupon at the Fair’s Welcome Tent to get a discount on shoes. Learn more about the shop at rarepair.com.

Youth Booth

The community-sponsored Youth Booth, has become one of the Fair’s most popular tents. This week the Booth will have four groups of youth entrepreneurs: The Northfield Union of Youth selling organic dog treats (pictured above), Pachamama Kids Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill selling delicious homemade human treats, Alden Cristofaro-Hark selling produce and handmade jewelry and Alex Baraniak, owner of Twisted Yarn, selling handmade necklaces and bracelets.

 Friend of the Market

The Northfield Transition Youth/YES! Team will join the Fair to demonstrate their innovative recycling bin. YES stands for Youth Energy Summit and is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. Learn about their project at youthenergysummit.org/northfield-yes-teams-dreams-become-reality.

Musical Highlight

Musical entertainment will be provided by Northfield banjo player Timothy Hollinger.



Jim Haas

Jim Haas, a Northfield resident, has been making pottery as an avocation for about eight years. He concentrates on simple functional pieces, with the occasional whimsical or sculptural item thrown in. He says he just wants people to enjoy using and looking at his work.