Nathan Olien

Saturday, August 4 Features at Riverwalk Market Fair

This Saturday, visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can purchase a poem or short story written on the spot, talk with an entrepreneur who makes hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, savor scrumptious made-from-scratch pastries, and listen to a variety of live folk music.

Featured Food Artisan: Martha Schuetzle

“Martha” means melt-in-the-mouth pastries to most visitors of Riverwalk Market Fair. This Saturday, Martha Schuetzle is the Fair’s featured food artisan. Aside from her baked-to-perfection scones, quiche, rolls and croissants, Schuetzle wants her patrons to know that she strives to use regional ingredients whenever she can, including vegetables and herbs from her garden, Valley View Dairy products and North Dakota Mill flour, which is unbleached and contains no bromates. “Everything I make is entirely from scratch; I use no artificial color or flavoring,” Schuetzle says. She plans to be at the Fair through December (it moves inside in November) and to open a storefront business Fridays and Saturdays in Dundas beginning in February.

Featured Artist: Angie Frawley

For this week’s featured artist Angie Frawley of Angie’s Accessories, jewelry making started out as a hobby and now is something she really enjoys and is able to sell. She concentrates on hand-crafted, beaded accessories including earrings, bracelets and bookmarks, as well as colorful headbands made from recycled t-shirts.

Musical Highlight: Wake Robin

Wake Robin is a Northfield based duo comprised of Brad Easterson on fiddle and John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, with an emphasis on Celtic and American Civil War songs. They have been making music together as Wake Robin for six years, and can often be found in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.

Friend of the Market: Writer Mary Steil

Mary Steil will be at the Fair this Saturday with her popular “Writing Store.”  Inspired to “bring writing into the open,” she will write extemporaneously upon request. The price is just 25 cents for a poem and 50 cents for a short story. Steil will donate all of her proceeds to Riverwalk Market Fair.

Youth Booth: Three local entrepreneurs

Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill, doing business as Pachamama Kids, will sell recycled goods and delicious homemade baked treats using Ecuadorian recipes.  Youth farmers from SEEDS (above) will offer their newly harvested produce and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return to the Fair.

Features Saturday, July 28: Free Soda-Pop Making for Kids, Featured Artist, Farmer and More!

This Saturday, July 28, Riverwalk Market Fair will offer children ages 7 to 12 a unique opportunity to conduct science experiments that help them explore nutrition and healthy eating. In addition, visitors can meet an artist who turns wood into eye-catching objects for the home and a farmer who grows kid- and adult-friendly vegetables. Also, discount coupons for books to promote summer reading will be offered.

Learn the Hard Truth of Soft Drinks

Riverwalk Market Fair is promoting healthy nutrition by teaching children ages 7 to 12 to act as food scientists and creative chefs at Saturday’s fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By making homemade soft drinks, children will learn how much sugar is in soft drinks. Then, they will have the opportunity to create their own healthier alternatives. The event is free and is supported in part by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, with funding from the Northfield Area United Way. Just Food Coop will offer coupons for juice drinks.

Featured Artist: David Peterson

Wood turning artist David Peterson works with simple shapes created spontaneously at the lathe from single raw blanks. His works are rendered from common native species. Most of the wood is harvested on his property, given to him by friends, found lying in someone’s woods or rescued from more unlikely spots including firewood from the grocery store, discarded furniture from a back yard, driftwood found at the beach, scraps from a sawmill.

Featured Farmer: Leslie Mahle, Sogn Valley CSA

Leslie Mahle, Saturday’s featured farmer, recently told the Cannon Falls Beacon that she enjoys experimenting with unconventional vegetables including purple carrots, which are popular with “picky-eater” children. “They wouldn’t touch orange carrots, but love the purple ones,” she said. In addition, her family grows flowers and a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables including broccoli, turnips, napa cabbage, beans, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, eggplant, leeks, melons and sweet corn.

 Featured Business: Monkey See, Monkey Read

Visitors can receive 20 percent-discount coupons for same-day purchases at Northfield’s Monkey See, Monkey Read this Saturday. Monkey See, Monkey Read is anindependent used and new bookseller located at 425 Division Street in Northfield.

Youth Booth Kids

Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill doing business as Pachamama Kids will sell recycled goods and delicious homemade baked treats using Ecuadorian recipes. Members of the Northfield Union of Youth will sell their homemade organic dog treats and sodas for humans, and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return. The Fair welomes youths Anja Bedrick, and Mila and Marika Matney. The Youth Booth is supported by Healthy Community Initiative, Northfield Enterprise Center and WINGS. (Pictured above, Savanah Bird & Frank Meyer, Northfield Union of Youth members).

Musical Highlight: Bill McGrath and Ed Frost

Bill McGrath and Ed Frost will team up to play country and folk guitar at the Fair Saturday.

Saturday July 21st Features: Hearty Fresh Baked Breads and Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Glasswork

This Saturday, Riverwalk Market Fair features a couple with a passion for scrumptious artisan breads fresh from the oven and an artist who fuses glass into quilt-like patterns. The Fair also welcomes a unique brass quintet that play selections from a variety of genres.

Featured Food Artisan: Crack of Dawn

Chris and Lori Momberg share their love of fresh, hearty bread with visitors at Riverwalk Market Fair. “Baking bread has become such a joy for us and something we can work at together,” Lori Momberg says. The couple rolls out of bed before the crack of dawn each Saturday to make their bread fresh for the Fair, a fact that inspired the company’s name. Each week they offer a featured flavor loaf such as blueberry and lemon swirl or pesto Parmesan, along with staples including French boule, 100 percent whole wheat, focaccia and baguettes. This year they’ve added “pizettes,” lunch-size pizzas.

Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Years of quilt-making inspire featured artist Geralyn Thelen’s designs. Today she fashions colorful patchworks in glass instead of fabric. She also evokes the geometric lines she sees in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

 Musical Highlights: brass quintet joins the Fair

For the firsttime, Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes 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.

The Fair also welcomes the musical talents of songwriter Raymond Coudret (pictured above) and the return of hammer dulcimer player and singer Kathleen Johnson.

Youth Booth

The Fair’s Youth Booth hosts young entrepreneurs from SEEDS farm (pictured above) and 11-year-old origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien.