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Bluesy Country-Folk Music by Matt Arthur, Turned Wood Bowls, Fall Vegetables, Live Reading for Kids, Tomatoes, and Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Fall at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 4, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still 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. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit (www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

John Besse and two ripe tomatoes

John Besse and two ripe tomatoes

Ruf Acres Farm Tomatoes

John Besse of Ruf Acres Farm is in the fall of his first year growing tomatoes in his commercial greenhouse. These are real, local, soil grown tomatoes, grown in raised beds under an industrial-sized greenhouse to allow the plants to start very early and continue to flourish past the usual end of the growing season. John grows seven varieties, including Sakura Cherry Tomatoes, Heirlooms, Pink Beauties, and Red Pearl Grape. Ruf Acres farms will continue to have fresh, soil-grown tomatoes through the last Riverwalk Market Fair in October.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson with his turned wood bowls.

David Peterson, Turned Wood Bowls

David has begun to make large turned wood bowls and platters in 12, 14, and 16 inch sizes. The larger pieces are possible both because David’s technique and skill are improving and because he has acquired some wonderful wood. David has a nice piece of honey locust and expects to soon have a large walnut and some buckthorn. David says, “the unloved buckthorn is a beautiful wood with a red and red/pink color, sometimes with stripes. It is nice such an unloved plant can make such beautiful bowls.”

David just finished a show at the Northfield Senior Center, and he will be showing work at the Fine Craft Collective in downtown Northfield in November and December. If you would like a particular design David will make commissioned pieces. People are welcome take a tour of David’s studio.   Contact him at

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

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

djpmaker@gmail.com for an appointment.

Live Bluesy, Country-Folk Music by Matt Arthur and Stories for Kids by Charlotte Babler

Fiercely contrarian blind singer/songwriter Matt Arthur returns to Riverwalk for a second time this season. Matt’s voice calls to mind Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave. His roots and blues sound is a perfect match soundtrack for a day at Riverwalk Market Fair. Matt’s latest CD with his band The Bratlanders, “Heavy On My Mind,” is awash in

Children's book author Charlotte Babler

Children’s book author Charlotte Babler

vintage Hammond organ, while the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals.

“I wonder” begins each of Charlotte Babler’s 5 books for kids ages . “I wonder what it could be.” “I wonder why?” I wonder what I can be.” “I wonder where the wind goes.” Charlotte will read from her books with sing-along music. Great for kids ages 3 to 7. Readings at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12 noon.

 

 

Rootsy Blues Music, Fabric Bags & Pillows, and Fresh Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Kids Activities at Riverwalk

Kids Activities.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 5 from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine.
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

Early Summer Produce, Strawberries, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, spinach, snap beans, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian

Summer Vegetables.

Local and organic summer produce.

cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers.  Strawberries are available.  Get them while you can as this week could be the last of the season’s strawberries at Riverwalk, depending on weather.  Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries, jams, jellies, 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. (See sidebar for list of this week’s vendors)

Natural, Bohemian Style Flower Bouquets from Humble Pie Farms

Flower bouquet by Humble Pie Farm

Flower bouquet by Humble Pie Farm

It’s not too early for sunflower bouquets because Humble Pie Farm started their sunflowers in a greenhouse early this spring. Flowers coming up in the next few weeks are sweet william, snapdragon, herbs, and dahlias. Mike Leck and Jennifer Nelson create bouquets in a natural, bohemian design style that showcases the spectacular beauty of fresh, seasonal flowers. Humble Pie Farm also sells flowers at through the Wedge Coop and creates celebrations in flowers for weddings. Mike and Jennifer are proud to grow local and organic flowers that are free of the chemicals that drench most commercial flowers that are grown thousands of miles away. Flowers bring an abundance of beneficial insects and birds and diversity of soil food to the two organic vegetable farms that share land with Humble Pie Farms.

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

Fabric Bags, Aprons, and Pillows from Prairie Sun Design

Nancy Stroessner’s handbags are made from upholstery fabric and without hardware.  “I wanted to make them very lightweight,” she says. In addition to purses, wallets, and aprons look for Nancy’s pillows in vintage fabric from the 1950s and 1960s. Hand applique word pillows feature “Lake,” “Hello,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Bella Fortuna,” “La Vie en Rose” and others, and Nancy will make a custom pillow with names or special words. Besides creating fabric art, Nancy is also Riverwalk Market Fair’s able market manager.

Rootsy Rocking Folk Blues Musician Matt Arthur and Youth Activity by Budding Farmers

Matt Arthur, a fiercely contrarian Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind

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

Rootsy, country, rocking folk and blues music by Matt Arthur.

Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave, will perform solo at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.

Heavy on My Mind, Matt’s latest album with bandmates 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

Egg Buddies with wheatgrass hair

Egg Buddies with wheatgrass hair

distinctive solo style at Riverwalk.

Monica Irwin of Budding Farmers, will help children make “Egg Buddies,” eggshells decorated with googly eyes and markers and planted with wheatgrass seeds for green hair. Budding Farmers teaches kids about healthy real food by providing fun program materials to preschool and elementary school children throughout the summer.

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.