Featured Farmer Kath & Nick Zeman June 2

Featured Farmers:
Kathy &  Nick Zeman, sister-brother team

Farm: Simple  Harvest Farm Organics
Location:   Nerstrand
History of the  farm:
Our family has farmed for generations. We bought  this farm in 2006 and have spent the last six years cleaning it up and renovating it.
Local harvest:
Simple Harvest Farm Organics is an omnivore food farm.  Our land, crops and produce were certified organic in 2008. We’re incredibly happy that as of 2012 we are feeding all our livestock locally certified organic grains.
Saturday highlights:
As always — Nick’s Eggs! Also our rhubarb fruit rollups (once you try these you can’t grow enough rhubarb!), duck eggs for the fastidious bakers in the crowd, certified organic thyme and oregano transplants, and our goat milk soap.
Best  part of Riverwalk Market Fair:
We love  Riverwalk Market Fair because it is such an all-encompassing community  event. It has great food, art and entertainment. And it serves all peoples — we take SNAP cards, cash, checks and debit cards!

June  is. . .
the first month of the year that we can grill our delicious pastured poultry!  Our chickens are fed local certified organic grains and are raised on  pasture.

 What nobody knows about us:
Nick and I come from a family of 12 kids.

Third Annual Riverwalk Market Fair Opens June 2, 2012

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair kicks off the 2012 season on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Located on Bridge Square in the heart of historic Northfield, this one-of-a-kind open-air market runs every Saturday from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods including breakfast pastries and desserts, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top artists including ceramics, watercolors, oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  The Saturday Market features live musical entertainment by local performers as well as family-friendly activities and special events.

This year, in keeping with its mission to provide a marketing venue for Northfield’s array of fine artists, food artisans, organic farmers and producers, Riverwalk Market Fair is showcasing emerging artists in their own tent, as well as young entrepreneur agriculturists, food artisans and chefs in the new Youth Tent.

Now in its third year of operation, Riverwalk Market Fair has become a favorite Saturday meeting place where neighbors and friends gather over a cup of coffee and a pastry, buy freshly picked produce and see what local artists have to offer.  The fair has become a popular weekend destination for a growing number of visitors from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Lakeville, Fairbault, Owatonna, Albert Lea, Red Wing, the five-State area and beyond.  Last year Riverwalk Market Fair drew an estimated 20,000 visitors, nearly double the number in 2010.

After October 27 the fair moves indoors and continues through December. Check the new Riverwalk Market Fair website, each week to get the upcoming Saturday’s schedule of events. The list of vendors who will be there, as well stories and profiles of the artists and farmers featured each week. Check out Facebook and Twitter to find out what visitors are saying and discover what’s happening behind the scenes.



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