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Vintage Band Festival Music, Fine Photographs, and Tasty Broccoli, Cabbage, and Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Summer flowers and produce

Summer flowers and produce

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 2, 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, green beans, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. Local, hothouse-grown heirloom 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.

Mississippi Hills Farm Grows Tasty Broccoli

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills

Mississippi Hills farm grows especially wonderful tasting broccoli, cabbage, and anything else in the brassica (cruciferous) plant family (that’s everything related to mustard, cabbage, and broccoli). Adam Weeks says its because the farm has rich, fertile soil and has been organic long before Mississippi Hills was established. Cows were pastured on the land for 50 years before Mississippi Hills was started, and that certainly helped too! Weather permitting Adam will have tomatoes soon, perhaps even this week. Look for heirloom varieties and sun gold cherry tomatoes. Check out the green peppers and fragrant basil. Adam’s mom Mary has started helping out on Saturdays, so drop by to meet her.

Chris Casper, Emergent Visions Photography

photo by Chris Casper

Photo by Chris Casper

Chris Casper is staying close to home in the Midwest for his current photos. The Western landscapes Chris photographed in 2013 lend themselves to grand vistas. In Minnesota a photographer needs to look for intimate images, and finding intimate views takes familiarity. Some of Chris’s best photos are right outside his house – views of his driveway and the across the road in various

Costumed brass player, a fan, and a horn at the Vintage Band Festival

Costumed brass player, a fan, and a horn at the Vintage Band Festival

seasons of the year. Walking along the driveway one day the light and color were perfect and resulted in a vibrant, almost florescent, green image of an intimate Midwest lane.

Vintage Band Festival

The Vintage Band Festival is back this Saturday with 12 bands in 12 hours. That means they have to start early, which is good news for Riverwalk Market Fair. While browsing art and seasonal produce enjoy the New Prague Area Community Band, the Sheldon Theater Brass Band, the Bridge Square Band, and “Swing and a Miss” old time dance band. Stock up on goodies for your picnic, bring your chair, and stay all day for brass band music from civil war to old time swing and jazz.

Late Summer Produce, Musicians Amy and Adams, Upholstery Fabric Handbags, and Salsa! at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh late-summer fruits and vegetables, handbags from upholstery fabric, Twin Cities musicians Amy and Adams, and salsa! are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 5.

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

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

Summer Vegetables by Mississippi Hills CSA

Late summer 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 and State Fair apples are currently available, with Honey Crisps available soon.  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.)

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills CSA

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills CSA

Mississippi Hills Makes Salsa

Adam Weeks of Mississippi Hills CSA has been making lots of salsa.  Lots.  Inspired by his grandmother’s recipe, he measures exactly the amount of tomatoes needed and then improvises with different combinations of chili peppers, bell peppers, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper.  Each batch is unique, and they are all delicious.  Also look for Adam’s homemade jellies in a variety of flavors.

Laptop bag in upholstery fabric by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Design

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

Handbags, Hats, and Aprons by Prairie Sun Design

Before she became Riverwalk Market Fair’s manager, Nancy Stroessner was a seamstress and operated a retail store.  So it was only a matter of time before she set up her own Riverwalk booth as Prairie Sun Design to showcase her colorful handbags, hats, and aprons.  Nancy’s handbags are made from upholstery fabric and without hardware.  “I wanted to make them very lightweight,” she says.  Her hats are made of soft fleece with applique – perfect for the coming cold weather.  Soon to come are handbags made from men’s wool jackets in plaids and tweeds.  Never one to waste anything, Nancy even turns the leftover fabric into colorful buttons.

Musicians Amy and Adams

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, October 5 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Twin Cities musicians Amy and Mark Adams-Westin return to Riverwalk Market Fair for the second time in 2013.  Those who missed them earlier in the season are in for a treat, and those who saw them before may want to come back.  Amy and Mark’s 5th album, Gone… Aloft is a compilation of original tunes ranging with styles ranging from “Country/Blues/Grassified” to “icy jazz combo attack”, with a tour through bossa nova and steel drum Caribbean Buffet.  Amy and Mark will have all of their CD’s available for purchase at Riverwalk on Saturday.