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Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and Music by Barb Piper at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by favorite Minnesota singer/songwriter Barb Piper, and rain barrel painting for kids hosted by the Cannon Valley Watershed Partnership are just part of the fun this Saturday, August 24 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, and eggs grown by local farmers.  Melons will be making their first appearance this week.  News on the tomato watch: both cherry tomatoes and slicing tomatoes are in season to get them while you can.  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, Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.  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

Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien, both age 12, sell their origami ornaments at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien, both age 12, sell their origami ornaments at the Riverwalk Market Fair Youth Booth.

Featured Vendors: The Riverwalk Market Fair Youth Booth

Arcadia School, Leander Fried’s vegetable produce, and S.N.O.W proprietors Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien have been regulars at Riverwalk Market Fair’s youth booth throughout the 2013 season.  Sam, Nathan, and Leander are returning Riverwalk veterans.

Leander learned to garden from his grandmother and tends his own plot to bring weekly summer vegetables and flowers to Riverwalk Market Fair. Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm are mentors, in addition to Leander’s grandmother.  Leander is meticulous in documenting his garden.  He saves seeds and keeps a catalogue on where each came from.  Leander’s garden is currently producing dill, tomatoes, cucumbers, fennel, broccoli, and heirloom string beans.

Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien, both age 12, have been friends since they were in daycare and say that they

Origami ornaments by Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien at the Riverwalk Market Fair Youth Booth

Origami ornaments by Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien at the Riverwalk Market Fair Youth Booth

always wanted to have a business.  Something must have clicked, because they now combine design expertise and drive as S.N.O.W to create colorful geometric origami ornaments.  Why did they name their business S.N.O.W?  Sam Nathan Olien Wilmot, of course.  2013 is their second year at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Lisa Malecha serves Arcadia School as social worker and special education teacher.  She also leads the Arcadia May Term seminar in art and craft.  Arcadia students donated some of their creations, which Lisa sells at Riverwalk.  Proceeds fund the Arcadia art and May-term programs.  Her next (and last) Saturday at Riverwalk will be August 31.

Minnesota Singer/Songwriter Barb Piper

Minnesota Singer/Songwriter Barb Piper

Music by Barb Piper and Youth Activity by the Cannon River Watershed Partnership

Minnesota favorite singer/songwriter Barb Piper will perform at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday.  A regular at the Tavern of Northfield and the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, Barb also performs with jazz guitarist Lance Larson.  Expect to hear some of Barb’s own music as well as pleasing tunes from Hoagy Carmichael, The Beatles, Queen, Bonnie Raitt, and the Indigo Girls.

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership comes to Riverwalk on Saturday.  Kids can help paint a rain barrel and learn more about the watershed-wide cleanup scheduled for September 21, when watershed volunteers will add to the 82,000 pounds of trash already cleaned out of the Cannon River.

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is a Saturday open-air market located on Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield.  This one-of-a-kind European-style market is open Saturdays from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts including ceramics, art works, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at

On October 13 Riverwalk Market Fair Features a Rainbow of Produce, Pastries and Plentiful Art

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (October 9, 2012) – This Saturday Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair will be a treat for fair-goers who are hungry for fresh produce including apples, squash, tomatoes, herbs and a variety of root vegetables. They can also try foods from American, European, Scandinavian, French and Mexican cultures and shop for art on the riverfront before the snow flies.

Featured Food Artisan: Kathy Jandro

Kathy Jandro’s baking business called Kathy’s Kolachy, named after her signature pastry, is featured this Saturday. Jandro describes herself as “a full-blooded Czech” and says she has been teaching the next generation in her family how to make her home-baked kolaches. From now through December she will give fair-goers a chance to also develop a taste for Czechoslovakian sweet breads in addition to her energy bars.

 Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Geralyn Thelen has hardly missed a Saturday of this year’s Riverwalk Market Fair. She is popular for her bright-colored glass creations inspired by years of quilt-making. Her work strikes geometric lines like those in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found both at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

 Youth Booth: Dog treats and origami

Two popular youth teams return this Saturday: Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien selling handcrafted origami and the Northfield Union of Youth (a.k.a. The Key, pictured above) selling their homemade dog treats.

Friend of the Market: TORCH

TORCH (Tackling Our Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) is this Saturday’s Friend of the Market. TORCH seeks to increase the graduation rate among at-risk students in the Northfield community by taking an integrative perspective on students’ lives. TORCH increases academic performance through tutoring, mentorships, civic engagement and leadership, as well as providing college access opportunities. In order for its students to succeed, TORCH relies heavily upon community support including financial contributions and volunteers to tutor, mentor and collaborate with students. Learn more at

Saturday Aug. 25th: Free kids yoga, fresh produce and baked goods, natural jewelry

This Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair offers a feast for the senses – the aroma of freshly baked pastries and pies, the sight of beautifully crafted jewelry inspired by nature, the big bold sounds of a brass quintet, and the taste of heirloom tomatoes picked at sunrise.  As a special bonus, kids and parents can take part in the Fair’s first free Kids yoga class where they will turn upside down, reach for the sky and relax under a tree in Bridge Square.

Featured Farmers: Dragonfly Hollow family farm

Two years ago Brenda Dorr and her husband Jeff joined Brenda’s parents on the family farm, Dragonfly Hollow, and realized their dream of joining the local foods movement. Dragonfly Hollow is a small family owned farm with 40 acres of pasture, woodlands, gardens and rolling hills that include a river and a tranquil pond. The farm offers safe and nutritious products grown sustainably. Riverwalk Market Fair visitors also can also enjoy Dragonfly Hollow’s delicious sweet breads including zucchini, cucumber nut, banana, blueberry along with pies, muffins and other treats.

 Featured Artist: Red Sky Beads

This week’s featured artist is Becky Korbel of Red Sky Beads.  Korbel’s has a passion for designing handcrafted jewelry inspired by her love of  nature. This year she has added a large variety of Czech glass beads to her creations.

Youth Booth: Fresh produce, canine treats and origami creations

At the Youth Booth on Saturday, Alden Cristofaro-Hark will sell fresh produce and handmade earrings; Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will sell their intricate origami creations (above) and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) will cater to discerning dogs and dog-lovers with their homemade canine treats.

 Kids Yoga: Heartwork  Yoga Studio

Children and their families can enjoy free yoga from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A yoga mat or towel is recommended, and no yoga experience is necessary. The class will be led by new graduates of the Heartwork Yoga Summer Teacher Training program.

Friend of the Market: Youth Energy Summit 

The Northfield Transition Youth/YES! Team will join the Riverwalk Market Fair to demonstrate their innovative recycling bin. YES stands for Youth Energy Summit and is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. Learn about their project at

 Musical Highlight: Fairbault Brass Quintet & Alexanders Ragtime Brass

Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes back a brass quintet that plays under two names to distinguish two distinct styles—Faribault Brass Quintet and Alexander’s Ragtime Brass. The quintet is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, and plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.