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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, 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.

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.