Kelly Asada

Music by Sam Ryden, New Season Honey, KidsART, Hand Crafted Leather Goods, and Summer Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Looking at Flowers at Riverwalk

Choosing Flowers at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 16, 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, 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, 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.

Local Honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary.

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will have the first of this summer’s honey – clear, light yellow and with a distinctive, complex flavor. The flavor of local honey varies with the season, and early season honey is Laura’s favorites. Laura says this year’s comb honey is among the best she has ever had, so try some now while supplies last. Honey vinegar made from mead is Laura’s special product for 2014. Since it has to age 1 full year she waited

Kelly Asada makes leather accessories -- belts, purses, wallets, iPad sleeves, and more.

Kelly Asada makes leather accessories.

a long time for it to be ready! While the sweetness is gone, mead vinegar retains the honey flavor, and is great for salad dressing or with fruit.

Hand-crafted Leather Goods by Kelly Asada

New among Kelly Asada’s hand-crafted leather goods are women’s cell phone cases and a wallet clutch. Kelly has a limited number of purses from tooled Italian leather. Tablet computer sleeves are a popular new item. Other favorite items include wallets for men and women, money clips, card holders, and belts.

Sam Ryden

Sam Ryden

Music by Sam Ryden and KidsArt Youth Activity

At age 13, Sam Ryden is just getting started as a musician, and what a start his is making. Already a very credible guitar man, Sam is blessed with an ethereal tenor voice, sophisticated musical sense, and killer stage presence. Sam made the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013. Music runs in the family. Sam’s dad Rob Ryden is worship director at Northfield’s Emmaus church and sings with the Eastside Collective. Sam plays regularly at Emmaus Church. See Sam’s 2013 Minnesota State Fair performance here.

Youth Activity on Saturday will be KidsART, exploring performing, literary and visual art forms, and led by Christina Schwietz of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Fall Fruits and Vegetables, Musician Matt Arthur, Handcrafted Leather Goods, and Alpaca Yarn at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall fruits and vegetables, alpaca yarn and rovings, local favorite rocking folk blues musician Matt Arthur, and handcrafted leather goods are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 12.

Martha's savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

Martha’s savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

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

Fall produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand.  Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash.  Zestar, State Fair, and Honey Crisp apples are currently available, with Haralsons available depending on the weather.  All produce at Riverwalk is 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.)

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Kelly Asada of KD Asada Studio, Handcrafted Leather Goods

Kelly Asada has been very busy since he started selling handcrafted leather goods this year at Riverwalk Market Fair.  Customers have been bringing him product ideas, like the cell phone sleeve he now carries.  Kelly’s best sellers are belts and a money clip with a center spring clip that hold bills neatly in place.  The clip is small and fits in a front pocket.  Other favorites are Kelly’s leather java cuff for hot coffee and custom dog collars.

Matt Arthur brings rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues to Riverwalk.

Matt Arthur brings rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues to Riverwalk.

Rootsy Rocking Folk Blues Musician Matt Arthur

Matt Arthur is a fiercely contrarian Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave.  Fresh off an August tour of the western US with band mates The Bratlanders, Matt will perform solo at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

Heavy on My Mind, Matt’s latest album with the Bratlanders, is awash in vintage Hammond organ, and the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals.  Come hear Matt performing covers and original songs from his album in his own distinctive solo style at Riverwalk this Saturday.

Fossum Family Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Yarn

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

Vicki Fossum of Fossum Family Farms

The Fossum family knows livestock.  Before they turned to raising alpacas, Kevin Fossum raised dairy and beef cattle, pigs, and sheep.  They began raising alpacas in 2003 and in no time they went from being a cattle farm to “the alpaca lifestyle.” When asked for a quote, Vicki wrote this thorough description of the Fossum Farm Alpaca operation.

“The two kinds of alpaca are Huacaya and Suri.  Huacaya fiber grows out from the alpacas body similar to sheep and the fiber has crimp to it.  Suri fiber grows down from the alpacas body and has individual locks and natural luster.  Suri is used more for fine, drapey or lacey items or woven into fine fabrics.  Huacaya has a little more memory to it so it is used for most anything from socks, hats, scarves, mittens.”

“Alpaca fiber is classed as a luxury fiber (like cashmere, mohair and angora) due to its fineness and relative scarcity. Although very fine, it is also a strong fiber so items will last a very long time, are extremely warm and wick moisture. Since alpaca has no lanolin, it is hypoallergenic.”

“We are now offering hand spun yarns from spinners around the world who are spinning our animals fiber as well

Hand dyed alpaca yarn from Fossum Family Farm.

Hand dyed alpaca yarn from Fossum Family Farm.

as yarn locally spun at a wonderful mill in Hastings.  I have developed an addiction to dyeing and have lots of hand dyed yarns and naturals (alpaca comes in 22 natural colors so a lot to choose from!).  We recently purchased a FeltLOOM and so will be featuring many items in the near future made from alpaca felt — purses, scarves, pillows, IPad/Kindle cases, insoles, and so on.  Our goal is to always use all our fiber; courser fiber for bird nesting silos, rugs, insoles, purses (things not against your skin) and fine, soft fiber for next to the skin items such as yarns, scarves, etc. Nothing goes to waste!”

“Life is always busy on the farm; 10 crias (babies) so far with 2 more to go.  We also brought in 10 more boarders so we will be up over 90 by the end of the year.  Add in the yaks and all their possibilities with fiber and meat and things will be staying busy for a long time…but that is what we love.”

Thank you, Vicki, for sharing the Fossum Family Farm with Riverwalk Market Fair.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 — Due to rain, we will be opening at 10:30 AM today. Will close at 1 PM, as usual. See you there

Fresh Summer Vegetables, Greek Pastry, Leather Goods, Break Dancing, and Chainsaw Art at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Greek pastry, breakdancing students, leather goods, Chainsaw art, and of course plenty of summer produce, are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 13.

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 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.)

Featured Food Artist Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina

Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca's Greek Kouzina

Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina

How did a West Virginia girl come to make exquisite Greek pastries for Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair?  She met a boy from Athens – Greece, not Georgia — at college in Arizona, that‘s how.  They moved last year to Northfield, where Rebecca Stoufis’ engineer husband designs high performance auto parts.  Rebecca, always a traveller and lover of ethnic food, enjoyed creating Greek delicacies before she met husband Mikolaos.  She offers authentic Greek cookies, cakes, and of course, baklava at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Rebecca’s bestseller?  “Spanakopita.  I can never make enough of it,” she says of the delectable spinach, feta, and filo savories.  This Saturday expect two kinds of baklava, the traditional Greek version with pecans and Mikolaos’ favorite Turkish baklava with pistachios.

 

 

Featured Artist Kelly Asada of KD Asada Studio: Handcrafted Leather Goods

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Quality is key for Kelly Asada.  As a furniture restorer he is accustomed to working with wood.  He learned to work leather so that he could restore vintage furniture with leather detailing, and from there began to work with leather directly.  “I’m a craftsman on a journey,” says Kelly about his vocation.  “I like working with natural products and creating things that people will use every day.” Kelly is currently at work on a design for a womens’ handbag from beautifully tooled Italian leather.  Expect to see these one-of-a-kind items soon at Riverwalk Market Fair.   http://www.asadastudio.com/index.html

 

Curtis Ingvoldstad, Chainsaw Artist

Curtis Ingvoldstad, Chainsaw Artist

Breakdancing!  Chainsaw Art!

Northfield has some talented breakdancers.  Recent Arcadia Charter School graduate Cliff Martin will gather some friends for breakdance demonstrations.  They’ll teach some moves to any young person who wants to join them.  These young people are a familiar sight in Bridge Square and performed at last May’s Taste of Northfield.What goes with breakdancing?  Chainsaw art, of course!  Minnesota artist Curtis Ingvoldstad handles a chainsaw with the delicacy of a paintbrush, which stands to reason as he began his art career with oil painting and hand carving.  Curtis is among the best of the best internationally, so it’s a privilege to have him at Riverwalk Market Fair.  Stop by this Saturday to see Curtis with chainsaw in hand.  www.woodsculpture.net

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.