Fresh Summer Vegetables, Fashion Accessories, and Nordic Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Nordic Traditional Music, fashion accessories, and summer vegetables are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 29.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, zucchini, snap peas, and fresh flowers will be available from 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 Kouzina, and Archibald Mills. Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit

Featured Farmer Mississippi Hills

Everyone asks about the kale chips.  “Last week I totally sold out of them,” said Adam Weeks, who with partner Leslie Orth, farms Mississippi Hills CSA.  “The trick to good kale chips is to stir several times while drying so the chips crisp up.”  Mississippi Hills also carries fresh produce, vegetable plants, fresh cut flowers, salsa and flavorful black raspberry jelly.  2013 is Adam’s first year as partner on the farm, after working there in 2012.

Featured artist Angie’s Accessories

Angie Frawley of Angie's Accessories at Riverwalk Market Fair

Angie Frawley of Angie’s Accessories at Riverwalk Market Fair

Angie Frawley started her business making headbands without knowing where she was going to sell them.  Her mom suggested Riverwalk Market Fair, and 2013 is her second hear as a vendor.  Headbands continue as her best seller, followed by her affordably priced beaded necklaces.  A Northfield High School graduate, Angie now lives in Lonsdale.






Live traditional Nordic Music by Multe

Jon Bjork (right) and the members of Multe at Riverwalk Market Fair

Jon Bjork (right) and the members of Multe at Riverwalk Market Fair

With a name like Bjork (Norwegian meaning “birch”) one can see why Jon Bjork plays Nordic traditional music.  Jon’s first instrument was guitar, which he still plays in several bands.  Accordion is his instrument of choice for the Scandinavian and Nordic Traditional music played by Multe.  The band takes its name from the Scandinavian root word for “cloudberry,” the rare slow-growing sub-arctic bramble fruit found throughout the Nordic countries.  Joining Jon on Saturday will be Multe members Glenn Lee, Bruce Jensen, Doug Wornson, and Jerry Johnson.



Folk Dancing for Children and Adults

A potpourri of folkdances with audience participation will be presented by the Friday Folkdancers and an afterschool dance and music class.  Kate Stuart leads The  Friday Folkdancers jointly sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center, and a Northfield homeschool/afterschool dance and music class.   Come watch and participate in folkdances from around the world and from the eras of Shakespeare and Jane Austen.

August 18, at Riverwalk Market Fair Visitors Can Expand Their Tastes

This Saturday’s featured food artisans at Riverwalk Market Fair are out to challenge the Midwestern palate as they invite visitors to explore new tastes by sampling their creative concoctions. Meanwhile the Fair’s featured artist showcases his eclectic tastes in small and large, brightly colored and subtle fused-glass works. Visitors also will be able to meet and support three groups of industrious youth entrepreneurs, listen to musical favorites and learn what a local nonprofit has to offer families for recreation and learning starting this fall.

Featured Food Artisans: Luigi Sison and Klaus Thuringer

Luigi Sison and Klaus Thuringer are Northfield natives by way of the Philippines and Germany respectively. They enjoy nothing better than spreading their love of creative mustards, jams and pickled concoctions at Riverwalk Market Fair. Someone mentioned to Sison that he liked Jack Daniels so Sison made up a batch of Jack Daniels barbeque sauce. Other creative spreads made by the duo include mango rum jam, rhubarb orange marmalade, Ozark peach jam and garlic mustard. “I bring local and authentic methods to my cooking including making my own pectin from apples,” Sison states with pride.

 Featured Artist: Dale Brown

Featured artist Dale Brown ( uses various methods and types of glass to make unique pieces of fused glass art including: plates and platters, trivet plates, business card holders, sushi plates and pendants/cabachons. Brown enjoys the interaction of colors and the patterns that form his work. In addition to Riverwalk Market Fair, his fused glass is currently displayed in the Small Works show at the Northfield Arts Guild. Brown also teaches glass fusing.

Youth Booth: SEEDS Farm, Pachamama Kids & The Key

Luke Meyers is mentored in farming at SEEDS Farm and will sell locally harvested produce at the Fair on Saturday. SEEDS, which stands for Social Entrepreneurship, Environmental Design and Stewardship, provides a junior farmer program to connect children to the process of growing food. Also at the Youth Booth, Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill will sell their homemade baked goods under the name Pachamama Kids and youths from the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key), including Cliff Martin and Frank Meyer, will sell homemade dog treats.

Friend of the Market: Northfield YMCA

The Northfield YMCA will be at the Fair’s Welcome Tent promoting their fall programs.


Musical Highlight: Multe

Jon Bjork and friends comprise this popular ensemble (named after a Norwegian berry) that play a special blend of Nordic tunes.

Featured June 23: Chicken farmers, a photographer and multi-generational musicians.

A Family Farm Inspired by ‘Auntie Annie’

Featured farmers Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Ian Rhoades are the owners of Auntie Annie’s Fields, across from Nerstrand’s Big Woods Heritage Forest. Elizabeth and Ian have been married since 1997 and have three young children. The farm is named after Elizabeth’s great-aunt Anne, who farmed the old home place in northwestern Minnesota. “Auntie Anne was so full of life she just twinkled, and it seemed that she could accomplish just about anything. Stories of her life inspire us,” Elizabeth says with a smile.

Auntie Annie’s Fields specializes in free-range chickens, which live on a clover and ryegrass pasture where they graze. “We believe that people’s health is connected to the health of the soil, plants and animals that feed them, so we use natural, chemical-free methods, and our animals know fresh air and sunshine,” Elizabeth says.

Auntie Annie’s dedicates a portion of their land to be used by the Mainstreet Project, which is making land and infrastructure available to aspiring Latino chicken farmers. “We are so grateful that we can pursue our farming goals, and we want others to have the same opportunity.” Learn more at

A Lens on Life

Featured Artist Dennis McClintock started his fine art photography in Texas. Born in Iowa, he now resides in Northfield where he is displaying his crisp yet painterly photographic style for the third time at Riverwalk Market Fair. Dennis photographs landscapes, historical buildings and other manmade structures, nature and wildlife. His art is exhibited and sold in galleries, gift shops, restaurants and retail stores. Recently his art was part of the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit. His sunrises and sunsets have been featured in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. Dennis shoots all digital and enjoys exercising his creative talents behind the lens and in post-processing. See his wor at the Fair and at

Musical entertainment spans generations

Keeley Nichole Susienka

Youthful songwriter and performer Keeley Nichole Susienka’s musical taste ranges from folk to alternative rock. She says her taste reflects early childhood influences including Tracy Chapman and Elvis Costello and her current passion for Ingrid Michaelson, Ani DiFranco, and Tegan and Sara. Her vocals, guitar skills, catchy originals and unique versions of cover songs captivate audiences. You won’t want to miss her in action.


As a duo, “Dag” Wornson and Jon Thore Bjork perform as Multe, meaning cloudberry, a sought-after Scandinavian berry. The two accordion players are often joined by musician friends who add additional richness to the acoustic Nordic folk music that has been a mainstay of Riverwalk Market Fair. We’re glad to welcome them back this weekend.