Martha’s Eats and Treats

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, Bracelets from Upcycled Clothing for Kids, Sweet and Savory Pastries and Prairie Inspired Pottery at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Prairie inspired pottery by Barbara Zaveruha

Prairie inspired pottery by Barbara Zaveruha

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, September 20, 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 late 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, as well as fall apples. 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.

Pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats

Martha Scheutzle of Martha's Eats and Treats

Martha Scheutzle of Martha’s Eats and Treats

If you have a favorite treat at Martha’s Eats and Treats be sure to get there early because there is often very little left by the time Riverwalk closes, and there is often a line. Martha always has a selection of both savory and sweet filled croissants and tarts. Staple selections include mini quiches, fruit, cream, coconut, and almond croissants, and a savory turnover with cheese and spinach or other vegetables. Martha has been at Riverwalk Market Fair since it began in 2010.   As of last year she opened a retail store in Dundas that is open Fridays and Saturdays and for catering.

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Themed Pottery from Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery creates prairie-inspired stoneware, plates, trays, and vases.  Her striking ceramic plates impressed with the images of local prairie grasses are a Riverwalk favorite. Barbara collects grasses all year and they hang in bundles in her studio. “Each grass is different,” says Barbara. “Some can only be printed once, and others can make multiple impressions. Some are better used fresh, and others do better dried.” Another of Barbara’s popular designs is her “plowed field” cups, featuring a parallel line design of a freshly plowed field with deep blue interior.   On the whimsical side, check out Barbara’s garden ornament elf houses.

Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass and Bracelets from Upcycled Clothing for Kids

Alexanders Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk.

Alexanders Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk.

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

Girl Scouts Anne France and May Hayes of Northfield will host Saturday’s kids activity using upcycled clothing fabric. Come help turn an old shirt into a wearable bracelet.

Scenes and Music from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turned Wood Bowls, and Martha’s Sweet and Savory Pastries at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Enjoying treats at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Enjoying treats at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 12 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine.
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

Summer Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. The few of the earliest cherry tomatoes are available. 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. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday see sidebar.

Martha's savory quiches at Riverwalk Market Fair

Martha’s savory quiches.

Pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats

There’s usually a line outside of Martha’s Eats and Treats. If you have a favorite treat at Martha’s be sure to get there early because there is often very little left by the time Riverwalk closes. Martha always has a selection of both savory and sweet filled croissants and tarts. Staple selections include mini quiches, fruit, cream, coconut, and almond croissants, and a savory turnover with cheese and spinach or other vegetables. Martha started at Riverwalk when it opened in 2010.   As of last year she opened a retail store in Dundas that is open Fridays and Saturdays and for catering. You go, Martha!

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

Turned Wood Bowls and a Jewelry Box by David Peterson

New this year among David Peterson’s turned wood creations is a round, lidded jewelry box. The middle spindle holds rings, larger necklaces are stored in the deep well of the box, with holes around the outside keep earrings tidy, and a lid.

Of course David always has his signature turned wood bowls and vases in simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from a single raw blank. Most of the wood is harvested from David’s small property (ash, maple, elm, pine), given to him by friends (palo verde, mesquite, walnut, osage orange, yew root), found lying in someones woods (beech, grape vine) or rescued from more unlikely spots (firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill).

Minnesota Skyvault Theater with Scenes & Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Skyvault Theater performs scenes and music from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Audience participation encouraged!

Skyvault Theater performs scenes and music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audience participation encouraged!

In 2004 this Rochester youth theater company performed two shows on a single weekend in a church basement. As of 2014 they are a year-round youth theater with six productions in parks, theatres, barns, farmers’ markets, and community art events. Riverwalk welcomes Rochester’s Skyault Theater with scenes and music from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you missed Skyvault’s Books and Stars performance in June here is your chance to see these energetic and talented young people perform at Riverwalk. Kids will be invited to participate in dancing and singing.

Fall Produce, Painting a Cornucopia Mural for Kids, Celtic and Traditional Music, and Martha’s Favorite Pastries, at Closing Saturday of Riverwalk Market Fair’s Summer Season

Fall fruits and vegetables, Celtic and Civil War songs by Wake Robin, Northfield’s favorite pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats, and cornucopia mural art for kids are just some of what you’ll find this Saturday, October 26 at the closing day of Riverwalk Market Fair’s 2013 summer season on Northfield’s Bridge Square.

The next opportunity to visit favorite Riverwalk Market Fair craft and food artisans will be at Northfield’s Winter Walk on Thursday, December 12, at the Northfield Armory, where over 25 Riverwalk vendors will be open from 5 to 9 pm.

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

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm with a happy customer at Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall produce will be available this Saturday, including kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, pumpkins, and lots of winter squash.  Zestar, State Fair, Honey Crisp, and Haralson apples are available.  All produce at Riverwalk is 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, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.

Favorite art and crafts will be at Riverwalk this Saturday, including David Peterson’s turned wood bowls, glass art by Just Me Geralyn and Glass, Barbara Zaveruha’s regionally rooted pottery, photographs by Christopher Casper, Nancy Stroessner ‘s Prairie Sun Designs, and Tricia Bagstad’s Two Wired Sisters Jewelry. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Martha Scheutzle of Martha's Eats and Treats.

Martha Scheutzle of Martha’s Eats and Treats.

Martha’s Eats and Treats Pastries

Saturday is the last chance this Riverwalk season to get Martha Schuetzle’s locally renowned sweet and savory pastries on Bridge Square.  And if you miss your Saturday Martha’s pastry fix, remember her new shop in Dundas is now open Fridays and Saturdays year round.  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.  https://www.facebook.com/MarthasEatsTreats

Cornucopia Mural Youth Activity

Continuing the tradition of Riverwalk Market Fair’s closing youth activity, kids are invited to paint a fall harvest cornucopia mural.  Stop by and add your artist’s flair to the group project.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Celtic and Traditional Folk Music by Wake Robin

Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be by Wake Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, with an emphasis on Celtic and American Civil War songs. John and Brad have been making music together as Wake Robin for seven years, and can often be heard in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.