Just Me Geralyn and Glass

Harp Music, Mexican Folk Dance, Local Produce, and Fine Art and Craft at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday June 28 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

Early Summer Produce, Strawberries, Artisan Food, Art, and Fine Craft.  

Farmers have early summer produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, goat milk soap, and flowers.  Strawberries are available.  Get them while you can, as strawberry season will run through July 5, weather permitting.  Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, and pickles. Watercolors, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.

Chris Momberg with a customer at Riverwalk.

Chris Momberg with a customer.

Fresh Bread from Crack of Dawn Bakery Crack of Dawn bakes home-made, European style crusty, free-formed bread.  Staple breads available every week are a white boule, a light whole wheat boule, an asiago-herb focaccia, and several gluten-free breads.  Each week Chris and Lori Momberg also bake a sweet and a savory weekly specialty bread.  This week’s savory special will be cabernet and white cheddar boule.  Come by early because that one might sell out.

Fused Glass Butterflies by Geralyn Thelen

Fused Glass Butterflies by Geralyn Thelen

Fused Glass Butterflies, Plates, and Vases from Just Me Geralyn and Glass Just Me Geralyn and Glass is covered in butterflies.  Glass butterflies, to be specific.  All spring Geralyn has been creating butterflies in many colors from scraps of glass, so no two are alike.   She sells them as table art, suspended on a line for hanging, or on sticks Sizes range from a diminutive 1” to a large 8”.  Collect ‘em all, and don’t forget Geralyn’s colorful fused glass vases, plates, and gift boxes for all occasions.

Mexico Folklorico dancer at Riverwalk.

Mexico Folklorico dancers.

Mexico Folklorico Dance Troup and Harp Music by Hannah Caroline Ballet Mexico Folklorico is rooted in an ongoing dance class at the Northfield Arts Guild where young people learn traditional dances from Mexico.  Mexico Folklorico dances tell stories of the various Mexican cultures and the dancers’ colorful full-circle skirts are used to amplify dramatic movements and shapes.  The Northfield Mexico Folklorico has explored dances from Nuevo León, Nayarit, Veracruz, Sinloa, Tamaulipas, Durango, Jalisco, and Tabasco.  The Folklorico dancers are led by Anna Baez, a teacher with decades of experience in Mexico Folklorico dance, and Kate Stuart.

Harpist Hannah Caroline at Riverwalk

Harpist Hannah Caroline at Riverwalk

Hannah Caroline brings captivating classical and traditional Irish harp music to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday. Hannah blends lyric harp playing with a clear soprano voice for an enchanting sound. She released her first CD “Flowers of the Mountain” in 2013. Hannah will offer young people a chance to try their hand at the harp.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli,

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, and eggs grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

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.)

Apples are in Season

The 2013 apple crop is looking good, and Pat McBride of McBride Farm in Wanamingo is pleased.  2012 was a terrible year for apples.  A warm March was followed by an April freeze and topped off by hail and drought so most of the 2012 apple crop was lost.   Many local growers also lost their 2010 crop to frost.  After poor crops in two of the past four years, an abundant harvest is doubly welcome. Zestar, Williams Pride, and Red Free varieties are abundant now.  Honey Crisp will be available by the end of September, followed by Haralson, Fireside, and Connell Red. 

Featured Artist Gerie Thelen of Just Me Geralyn and Glass

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Geralyn Thelen has been experimenting with new glass color combinations this summer in her vases, serving trays and lawn ornaments.  In addition to her trademark blue-green-yellow combinations she has started a color line in grays with red accents, another in oranges, and third in bold florals.  One very interesting piece features fused pottery shards in a golden yellow serving plate.  What is Gerie’s best seller?  “Everyone loves vases,” Gerie said.  They are favorite gifts for weddings and at the holidays.  Stop by and see Geralyn’s new works in glass. 



Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers Activities for Kids.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Both Amy and Mark Adams-Westin began playing music with their respective families from an early age, so it’s not surprising that this husband and wife duo perform together as Amy and Adams.  According to one of their reviews, “Those who enjoy folk music should appreciate the work of Amy and Adams. This is also true for fans of the blues. And rock n’ roll. And just about any other form of music, as Amy and Adams draw their influences from many different artists.” 

Kids can create art using stamps in various shapes cut from

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

fresh vegetables and paint at Riverwalk on Saturday courtesy of the Budding Farmers program.  At Riverwalk even the vegetables are a work of art! 

October 20 at Riverwalk Market Fair – Enjoy the Bountiful Local Harvest

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (October 16, 2012) – This Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair it’s time to stock up on the harvest’s root vegetables, squash, herbs and apples while enjoying culinary treats from skilled food artisans. Afterwards, head to the Studio ArTour and visit the 52 artists and 24 art studios open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Northfield, Cannon Falls and Faribault. Tour maps are available at Riverwalk Market Fair, downtown shops and www.StudioArTour.com. (Note, last Saturday’s Fair was closed due to the threat of lightening in the forecast. The Fair is open along the riverfront through October.)

Featured Food Artisan: Kathy Jandro

Kathy Jandro’s baking business called Kathy’s Kolachy, named after her signature pastry, is featured this Saturday. Jandro describes herself as “a full-blooded Czech” and says she has been teaching the next generation in her family how to make her home-baked kolaches. From now through December she will give fair-goers a chance to also develop a taste for Czechoslovakian sweet breads in addition to her energy bars.

 Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Geralyn Thelen has hardly missed a Saturday of this year’s Riverwalk Market Fair. She is popular for her bright-colored glass creations inspired by years of quilt-making. Her work strikes geometric lines like those in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found both at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

Musical Highlight: Keeley Nichole Susienka

Songwriter and performer Keeley Nichole Susienka is a St. Olaf College student who plays guitar and sings. Eclectic influences in her songwriting include Tracy Chapman, Elvis Costello, Ingrid Michaelson, Ani DiFranco, and Tegan and Sara.