Laura Heiman

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band, Bee Watching! Recycled Coffee Bag Totes, & Heirloom Tomato Varieties from Spring Wind Farm at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair, August 2014

Riverwalk Market Fair, August 2014

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 30, 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 crafts for sale.

Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm with newest farmer Faye Claribel.

Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm with newest farmer Faye Claribel.

Heirloom and Hybrid Tomatoes from Spring Wind Farm

What is an Heirloom tomato? Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm says heirlooms are usually defined as any open-pollinated tomato from pre-1950. More poetically, the Seed Savers organization says that an heirloom seed is one that has a story. Open pollinated plants reproduce true from seed. Most heirloom tomatoes produce fewer fruit and have thinner skin than hybrids, so they don’t ship

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

well. Spring Wind Farm has chosen their heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for the best available combination of flavor, productivity, and resistance to split skin. Cherokee Purple is a large, rich, sweet fruit and is Betsy’s favorite for pizza and sandwiches. Stripped German is more tart, with more acid. The Valencia is an orange colored tomato. Besty and Andrew also grow what they consider the tastiest hybrids – Jetstar, Big Beef, and Martha Washington.

Regulars at Riverwalk may wonder why they haven’t seen Betsy’s husband Andrew for a while. He is spending Saturdays framing up their new house to get the new building enclosed for winter. Betsy and

James Curren of JavaCycle.

James Curren of JavaCycle making tote bags.

baby Faye Claribel are holding down the fort at Riverwalk. http://www.springwind.org

Recycled Totes from Recycled Coffee Bags

What to do with thousands of coffee bags from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru, with lovely imprints of birds and flowers — tons of them collected through the operation of James Curren’s other business, Providence Coffee? James added recycled leather and canvas from recycled cotton to create JavaCycle tote bags and

JavaCycle tote bag.

JavaCycle tote bag.

accessories. James knows the coffee business from his years in international finance and commodities. After exiting the corporate world in 2004 he started his organic, fair trade coffee business from his home in Faribault, and from then began creating totes from the recycled coffee bags. You can find JavaCycle totes on Etsy, at Caribou Coffee and Dunn Brothers, and right here at Riverwalk Market Fair. http://www.javacycle.net

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band and Bee Watching for Kids.

Faribault’s Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve

A bee hive from Schoolhouse Apiary

A bee hive from Schoolhouse Apiary.

trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.  This reprise of the crowd favorite Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Kids (and adults) can learn about bees from Riverwalk’s Schoolhouse Apiary. Come visit an observation hive with a glass cover and see of you can spot the queen. Try the honey samples and bee costume!

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.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, New Harvest Honey, Funky Glass, and lots of Brass Bands at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (July 29, 2013) – Fresh summer flowers and vegetables, the first new honey of the season, funky glass, and a bounty of brass band music will be featured this Saturday, August 3 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.  This weekend is the Vintage Band Festival, so on Saturday morning Riverwalk will be sharing Bridge Square with four great brass bands.

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

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, and eggs grown by local farmers.  News on the tomato watch: Farmers are likely to have cherry tomatoes and big slicing tomatoes could appear in another week if the weather is favorable.  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.  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.)

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary brings 2013 new harvest honey to Riverwalk on Saturday

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary brings 2013 new harvest honey to Riverwalk on Saturday.

Featured Farmer: Schoolhouse Apiary

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will be back at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.  The bees have been busy and Laura’s first 2013 honey is ready for market.  Laura keeps bees on the Heiman’s acreage near Cannon Falls, where you will find, you guessed it, an old schoolhouse.  Her honey is raw, unheated and filtered straight from the hives.  “Heating honey damages the delicate floral flavors,” she explains.

As with many beekeepers, Laura lost all her hives this spring from a combination of weakness due to mites and the unseasonably late May snow storms.  She got replacement queens with their attendant bees, which lived for days in boxes on the porch of her Northfield home making excited bee noises.  Check out her Facebook description of how you get bees from their shipping package into their new hive homes.  And check out the new harvest honey this Saturday.

 

Featured Artist: Dale’s Funky Glass

Dale Brown of Dales Funky Glass at Riverwalk Market Fair

Dale Brown of Dales Funky Glass at Riverwalk Market Fair

Dale Brown of Dales’ Funky Glass uses a multi-step process to create many of his glass designs.  First strips of colored glass are stacked in a frame, placed in the kiln, and allowed to melt into a puddle the shape of a square with stripes of color running through the mass.  Dale slices the square into strips, stacks the strips so the pattern emerges in a new direction, and melts them again to fuse the strips into a new design.

Another technique starts with pieces of colored glass on a sieve in the kiln.  The glass melts and drips though the sieve in a pattern that Dale then cuts to fit a finished piece.

When not at Riverwalk Dale is a art lab assistant at Normandale Community College where he works with students in printmaking, glass, and photography. 

The Vintage Band Festival!

 Riverwalk Market Fair will be sharing Northfield’s Bridge Square with the Vintage Band Festival on Saturday.  Tell your friends, because this is a world-class, four-day, one-of-a-kind music event right here in Northfield.  Saturday morning will feature the New Prague Area Community Band at 10 am, The Lake Wobegon Brass Band at 11 am,  a Battle of the Civil War Bands from opposite banks of the Cannon River at noon, and a performance by the massed Civil War bands on the Fourth Street Bridge at 1 pm.  Grab your Riverwalk coffee and breakfast pastries and enjoy the festival.

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.