Pachamama Kids

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.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at Riverwalk Market Fair – August 11

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (August 7, 2012) – Riverwalk Market Fair is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by offering visitors free samples of local farmers’ foods including salsa, pesto, pickled produce and jams, along with fresh baked pastries and breads. While at the Fair, visitors can try their hand at throwing pots on a potter’s wheel, pick up a coupon for discounts at one of downtown’s most popular shops, support inventive youth entrepreneurs, learn about Northfield’s latest recycling project and be entertained by a talented banjo player.

 Featured Artist: Jim Haas

Recently retired as Rice County’s director of community corrections, ceramics artist Jim Haas will demonstrate his craft on Saturday, and encourage visitors to give his wheel a spin, as well. Haas has been making ceramic art since 1973. Although he has exhibited regionally, he says, “I like working with clay and experimenting. But I do not yet know what kind of potter I want to be when I grow up.”

 Featured Farmer: Red Barn Farm

The Winter family, including Patrick, Tammy and their children Hannah, 18 and Max, 16, owns Red Barn Farm, locally known for its wood-fired pizzas. At Riverwalk Market Fair, the Winters offer up their own recipes for salsa, pesto, pickles and produce. All produce is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals “to help you be as healthy as you can be,” says Tammy. For updates on the fall opening of the Red Barn Farm restaurant see

Featured Business: The Rare Pair

As its name suggests, this downtown favorite specializes in comfortable and fashionable shoes for men and women. Pick up a coupon at the Fair’s Welcome Tent to get a discount on shoes. Learn more about the shop at

Youth Booth

The community-sponsored Youth Booth, has become one of the Fair’s most popular tents. This week the Booth will have four groups of youth entrepreneurs: The Northfield Union of Youth selling organic dog treats (pictured above), Pachamama Kids Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill selling delicious homemade human treats, Alden Cristofaro-Hark selling produce and handmade jewelry and Alex Baraniak, owner of Twisted Yarn, selling handmade necklaces and bracelets.

 Friend of the Market

The Northfield Transition Youth/YES! Team will join the 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

Musical entertainment will be provided by Northfield banjo player Timothy Hollinger.



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.