Nancy Stroessner

Folk Music by Banjo Helen Forsythe, Stylish Fall Hats, Fall Vegetables, Tomatoes, and Flowers at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Winter squash now available at Riverwalk.

Winter squash now available at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, September 27, 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 fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kale, 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.

Sunflowers and zinnias available from Cyndi Yang.

Sunflowers and zinnias available from Cyndi Yang.

Cyndi Yang Flowers and Vegetables

With her spectacular flower selection, Cyndi Yang offers some of the most photogenic vegetables and flowers at Riverwalk. Look for bouquets of sunflowers, along with green beans, beats, onion, green and hot red peppers, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, and potatoes.

Polar fleece hats with vintage detail by Nancy Stoessner.

Polar fleece hats with vintage detail by Nancy Stoessner.

Hats by Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design

For fall, fabric artist Nancy Stroessner of Prairie Sun Design makes hats. Nancy’s Russian-style hats, made from polar fleece, are structured to have shape on the head and still be soft enough to stuff in a pocket. Some have a contemporary look, like her Hudson’s Bay white-with-stripes design. Others have vintage-style detailing and button accents to give a vintage 1920’s look. Colors include white, brown, red, green, and autumn orange. Also look for Nancy’s fabric purses and pillows. Check out Nancy’s fabric creations at Etsy.

Live Music by Northfield’s Helen Forsythe and Friends

Helen Forsythe and friends at Riverwalk.

Helen Forsythe and friends at Riverwalk.

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen attends Northfield High School and has performed with the Latino Short Play Festival, Rock and Roll Revival, and the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. You’ll also see Helen at lots of earth-friendly activities, such as last January’s Northfield Area Climate Summit. Hear Helen’s cover of Josh Ritter’s “Harrisburg” at Bandcamp.

David Walbridge and his Big Fun Show.

David Walbridge and his Big Fun Show.

Kids Activity at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be hosted by the Friends of the Northield Library.  David Walbridge, a one-man-circus of comedy, magic, juggling, modern vaudeville will perform at 11 am.  Be sure to catch the the great family show.

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.

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.