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Riverwalk Market Fair Opening Day Celebration!

Riverwalk Market Fair Season Opens on June 1, 2013

Riverwalk Market Fair’s 21 Saturday season kicks off on Saturday, June 1. Riverwalk, now in it’s 4th year, is located in Northfield’s historic downtown on Bridge Square along the scenic Cannon River.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine.

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

Local farGoatsmers will be on hand with fresh-picked early salad greens, radishes, a variety of bedding plants, eggs, and flowers. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, local honey, and delicious pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats. The Fossum Family Farm returns with their beautiful Alpaca yarn.

Watercolors, prints, mixed-media paintings, ceramics, photography, glass art, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale on opening day. Several of Riverwalk Market Fair’s favorite artists are back, including Geralyn Thelen with her colorful fused glass plates, vases, and whimsical garden decorations, ceramist Barbara Zavaruha with her functional stoneware, and fine-art photographer Dennis McClintock.


Saturday’s Featured Farmer

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Kathy Zeman of Nerstrand owns and operates Simple Harvest Farm Organics (www.simpleharvestfarm.com).  Her farm uses sustainable farming practices to produce a wide range ofproducts including, vegetables, goats, goat milk soap, cheese, poultry, pork, lamb, Lopi wool yarn and fleeces, and (with her brother, Nick) eggs.  As a special opening day treat, Kathy will feature her popular Rhubarb Fruit Roll-ups. Kathy has been a vendor at Riverwalk Market Fair since its beginning in 2010 and serves on the Board of Directors of Riverwalk Market Fair.

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Kathy Zeman Rhubarb Fruit Roll-Ups

Saturday’s Featured Artist 


Kathy Miller, one of Riverwalk Market Fair’s most popular artists, will return with her latest floral and landscape watercolor paintings.  Her “White Peonies” won the prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Minnesota Watercolor Society’s 2013 Juried Spring Show.  Kathy opens a new show at the Northfield Arts Guild on June 14.  (www.kmillerwatercolors.com)



Saturday’s Live Music and Kid’s Activity

Kathleen Johnson RMF dulcimer player

Acclaimed hammered dulcimer artist and singer Kathleen Johnson (www.kathleen-johnson.com) returns to Riverwalk Market Fair with selections from France, Scotland, early America, and the Irish music revival of the 20th Century.  Suzuki violin students from Northfield will offer a 30-minute concert at 10 am.

Monica Budding Farmers w kid

Monica Irwin of Budding Farmers, a new project that connects children with healthy food at farmers markets and through community supported agriculture, will host an interactive activity for young people designed to encourage the love of farming.  (www.buddingfarmers.com).

July 7 – Featured Artist, Farmers, Musician, Friend of the Market & Youth Booth

On Saturday, July 7, Riverwalk Market Fair will feature an artist who crafts jewelry from canyon stones and a farmer who raises South American alpacas. The Fair also welcomes a 13-year-old farmer who is committed to sustainable farming practices and the return of a world-class dulcimer player.

Featured Farmers: Fossum Family Farm

Alpaca farmers Kevin and Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farm (www.FossumFamilyFarm.com) in Northfield are Saturday’s featured farmers. Alpacas are known for their ultra-soft wool, but it was their gentle, friendly nature that drew the Fossums to these South American beasts of burden. The Fossums sell, breed and board alpacas and offer farm tours.

Featured Artist: Sharon Kilanowski

Sharon Kilanowski creates one-of-a-kind jewelry from natural objects that she often wraps in wire. The feathers are carefully selected from her collection of birds and the stones come from the Hudson Canyon, 100 miles southeast of the New York Harbor. The canyon reaches depths of 10,500 feet, and the rocks are harvested in lobster traps then polished to bring out their beauty. “After being underwater for so long each rock seems to have an energy to them,” says Kilanowski.

Youth Booth Hosts Luke Meyers and Anna Ramsey

The Youth Booth will host 13-year-old Luke Meyers selling broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, onions, baby fennel, leeks and flowers. He is part of the Young Farmer Program at Northfield’s SEEDS Farm where he receives mentoring in sustainable farming.

Anna Ramsey of Anna’s Cake Pops joins Meyers in the Youth Booth. This Saturday will be her second time selling her home-baked cake pops at the Fair. She is using the proceeds to help pay for a school trip to Germany.

World-class Dulcimer Player Kathleen Johnson

After performing on the Fair’s opening day, singer and hammer dulcimer player Kathleen Johnson (www.kathleen-johnson.com) returns this Saturday. Johnson was classically trained at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and plays a variety of traditional music including Irish melodies and lullabies, Scottish ballads and familiar Shaker tunes. Additionally, Bill McGrath and Ed Frost will be playing country tunes.

Friend of the Market

Save The Northfield Depot will be the Friend of the Market in the Welcome Tent. The mission of Save the Northfield Depot is to rescue, restore and reuse the defunct 1917 Northfield depot for public use.