Martha Schuetzle

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

Saturday, August 4 Features at Riverwalk Market Fair

This Saturday, visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can purchase a poem or short story written on the spot, talk with an entrepreneur who makes hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, savor scrumptious made-from-scratch pastries, and listen to a variety of live folk music.

Featured Food Artisan: Martha Schuetzle

“Martha” means melt-in-the-mouth pastries to most visitors of Riverwalk Market Fair. This Saturday, Martha Schuetzle is the Fair’s featured food artisan. Aside from her baked-to-perfection scones, quiche, rolls and croissants, Schuetzle wants her patrons to know that she strives to use regional ingredients whenever she can, including vegetables and herbs from her garden, Valley View Dairy products and North Dakota Mill flour, which is unbleached and contains no bromates. “Everything I make is entirely from scratch; I use no artificial color or flavoring,” Schuetzle says. She plans to be at the Fair through December (it moves inside in November) and to open a storefront business Fridays and Saturdays in Dundas beginning in February.

Featured Artist: Angie Frawley

For this week’s featured artist Angie Frawley of Angie’s Accessories, jewelry making started out as a hobby and now is something she really enjoys and is able to sell. She concentrates on hand-crafted, beaded accessories including earrings, bracelets and bookmarks, as well as colorful headbands made from recycled t-shirts.

Musical Highlight: Wake Robin

Wake Robin is a Northfield based duo comprised of Brad Easterson on fiddle and John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, with an emphasis on Celtic and American Civil War songs. They have been making music together as Wake Robin for six years, and can often be found in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.

Friend of the Market: Writer Mary Steil

Mary Steil will be at the Fair this Saturday with her popular “Writing Store.”  Inspired to “bring writing into the open,” she will write extemporaneously upon request. The price is just 25 cents for a poem and 50 cents for a short story. Steil will donate all of her proceeds to Riverwalk Market Fair.

Youth Booth: Three local entrepreneurs

Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill, doing business as Pachamama Kids, will sell recycled goods and delicious homemade baked treats using Ecuadorian recipes.  Youth farmers from SEEDS (above) will offer their newly harvested produce and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return to the Fair.

Martha Schuetzle

I started baking for farmers’ markets about six years ago.  It started small with a few simple items, quick bread, cookies, etc.  When winter approached each year I thought about the following season and what I could do to make it more lucrative.

I have always been  a lover of bakeries and realized Northfield was lacking a pastry shop.  I launched turnovers and scones with great success and have continued to expand my pastry menu.  This year my favorite dough is Danish.  It ferments in the fridge for days before being rolled and turned, giving it great flavor.

I love the slow process of my baking. Everything is homemade. That is hard to find these days.  People would be shocked to go into the back of a bakery and see how much product comes out of a can or from the freezer, very little is made in house.  A sign of the times.  I feel that farmers’ markets themselves have that “slow down” feeling  and that is probably why I enjoy  them so much.  It has been an experience to help people enjoy the start of their weekend, their down time, with a yummy treat from my stand.

My dream is that Riverwalk Market Fair will be the place to be Saturday mornings in Northfield.  I want to see people with their grocery lists doing their shopping at market, does it get any fresher? I want to see kids running and playing with their neighbors as they enjoy live music and feeding the ducks. And, I want to see small entrepreneurs such as myself, get a start at Riverwalk.  Farmer markets are wonderful for small business owners; commitment is minimal, overhead is low, and it gives you a good taste of what it is to be your own boss and run your own business.