Neil Rowley

Music by Neil Rowley, Planting Beansprouts for Kids, Flowers & Vegetables, Fabric Ties, Headbands, and Jewelry at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Shopping for watercolors at Riverwalk.

Shopping for watercolors at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday July 19 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, rhubarb, 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, pickles and pulled pork BBQ.

Photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.

Cyndi Yang Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers vendor Cindi Yang and her mom.

Fresh Flowers vendor Cyndi Yang and her mom.

The first thing you should know about Cyndi Yang Fresh Flowers is that she grows vegetables too. This week look for potatoes, wax beans, zucchini, cucumbers, onions, leeks, kale, snow peas, basil, dill, mint, cilantro and other herbs. Flowers in season now are spectacular orange lilies, sunflowers, and zinnias.

Cyndi’s mom works with her at the farm and at Riverwalk. Cyndi, her mom, her aunts and uncles, and the entire extended Laotian family in Minnesota grow produce. Cyndi started working on farms early, picking cucumbers for pickling when she was in school. While Cyndi and her mom have been growing and selling

Angie Frawley

Jewelry and Accessories by Angie Frawley

produce for 8 years, this is their first year at Riverwalk and Cyndi has now taken the lead on their produce business. In addition to Riverwalk they sell at produce markets in Minneapolis and Excelsior. Cyndi likes Riverwalk because it is convenient to their land in Rosemount.

Angie’s Accessories by Angie Frawley and Seams Knotty by Gretchen Fierke

For Angie Frawley’s fourth year at Riverwalk Market Fair she has new necklaces to add to her jewelry and accessories collection. A pendant necklace featuring a real peacock feather is a customer favorite, and Angie will create personalized

Gretchen Fierke

Ties, bowties, collars, headbands and fabric bags by Gretchen Fierke

birthstone necklaces to order.

Gretchen Fierke creates neckties, bowties, reversible women’s collars, headbands, and fabric bags. While she has been creating in fabric for several years, this is Gretchen’s first year at Riverwalk. Several stores in Minneapolis carry her work. Gretchen’s other job is as a preschool teacher for Northfield Montessori.

Music by Neil Rowley and Kids Activity on Nutrition by the Health Finders and Growing up Healthy

Musician Neil Rowley

Musician Neil Rowley

Guitarist and singer Neil Rowley is an energetic performer who is best known as a member of Chance Meetings, a group that plays regularly in Southern Minnesota and Iowa and weekly at Northfield’s Contented Cow.Neil is also found regularly at the Contented Cow Tuesday Jam sessions and is a popular guitar teacher. A long-time Northfielder, Neil is the marketing manager for Aging Services in Montgomery.

Kids can plant bean sprouts to grow at home and learn fun facts about nutrition in an activity presented by two programs under the umbrella of the outstandingly effective Healthy Community Initiative. Heath Finders serves as an integral part of the health-related social safety net in Rice County. Growing Up Healthy partners with neighbors marginalized communities to help them leverage their own strong social connections and increase their links to services and social capital. Both care profoundly about healthy food and activities. Stop by for a fun activity and to learn more about their highly effective work in Rice County.

Saturday, September 29: Riverwalk Market Overflows withLocal Food, Art and Song

Fall harvest is in full swing at Riverwalk Market Fair and Fair-goers can now shop for fresh, locally grown pumpkins, squashes, root vegetables, apples, kale and other produce. In addition, visitors can nosh on Mexican foods, take in luscious landscape photography, sing along to live music and listen to a 12-piece band. Visitors to the Fair will also have the opportunity to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and get better acquainted with local community organizations.

Featured Food Artisan: Maria Estrada

Maria’s Taco Hut is featured this week at Riverwalk Market Fair. Run by local chef Maria Estrada, Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly prepared Mexican specialties from the family’s red food truck. Since 2005, the red truck has served food at events throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Estrada’s husband, Rafael and daughter, Gabi, 13, help with the family business. Every Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair visitors can enjoy foods made-to-order including breakfast burritos and quesadillas made filled with locally grown foods as well delicious soups. Estrada also caters corporate and college events along with special occasions including weddings.

 Featured Artist: Dennis McClintock

Featured Artist and Northfield resident Dennis McClintock ( has displayed his crisp, painterly photographic images at Riverwalk Market Fair for the past three years. McClintock photographs landscapes, historical buildings, nature scenes and wildlife. Recently his work was featured in the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit.

Youth Booth: Three entrepreneurial ventures

Mari Hougen-Eitzman will be selling honey and vegetables from her family’s organic farm, Big Woods Farm, in Nerstrand. Bella Smith and Bella Callery operating as Bella & Bella (pictured above) will sell homemade dog treats, and the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key) will sell it’s homemade dog treats and cat toys.


Friend of the Market

Accelerate Northfield The goal of Accelerate Northfield ( is to close Northfield’s academic achievement gap by matching volunteer tutors with struggling students. Families are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Tent to create marbled paper bookmarks. The activity is free.

 Musical Entertainment

Jim Rosso and Neil Rowley (pictured above) will bring out the kid in everyone as they sing and tell stories at the Fair, while musicians Dan Bergerson and a dozen of his friends will play tunes for all ages. The friends include: Michael Berger, Laurie Brackee, Wes Braker, Zach Evenson, Mary Hakes, Seth Hanson, Henry Jokela, Nancy Kmoch, Gary Meidt, Phil Peterson and Jesse Streitz.