Pat McBride

Celtic Music, Wrapped Semi-precious Gemstone Jewelry, and Fall Apples at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall 2014 at Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall 2014 at Riverwalk Market Fair

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 18, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Riverwalk Named Best Art Fair by the Southern Minnesota Scene! 

We’ve just heard that that Riverwalk Market Fair has been named “Best Art Fair” in a readers poll by the Southern Minnesota Scene.  Watch for the full readers choice list in the October 17 issue ofThe Scene.  Thank you to all our friends and So MN Best of 2014
supporters!  You make Riverwalk great.

Fall Produce, Apples, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and some fall and dried flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still available, as well as fall apples. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, and pickles.

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

Pesticide-Free Apples from McBride Farms

Pat McBride of McBride Farm has new crop fall apples. Pat is pleased to have been at Riverwalk since its first season. “Riverwalk is a great market for me,” he says. Pat grows apples with all natural products and uses no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. “People at Riverwalk appreciate our all natural apples.”

Honey Crisp – One of the University of Minnesota’s best apples. Well-balanced, sweet-tart taste and explosively crisp, juicy texture.

Haralson – Firm texture with a complex tart flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. Especially good pie apple.

Fireside & Connell Red – Very large fruit with sweet flavor and fine-grained flesh. Good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples.

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Semiprecious Gemstone Jewelry by Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell are in love with rocks, and they treat each of their semi-precious gemstone pendants with individual care. Carol says, “Each stone requires something different for its particular shape. Even flaws can be part of a stone’s beauty and need to be displayed thoughtfully.” Carol wraps each of her cabochon pendants individually in silver wire to highlight its unique

Lapis lazuli wrapped pendant

Lapis lazuli wrapped pendant

characteristics.   Riverwalk has been an incubator and testing ground for Pocket Rock Designs. It helped Jim and Carol get started in their business, get feedback from customers, and gain confidence in their own design vision. Carol says she has learned that whatever she loves about a stone or jewelry design, her customers tend to love too. See some of Carol and Jim’s cabochon pendants and finished semi-precious jewelry at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PocketRockDesigns.

Celtic Music by Father/Daughter Duo Andy and Brynn Artley

15-year-old fiddler Northfielder Brynn Artley, accompanied by her dad Andy Artley, will play Celtic and traditional music this Saturday at Riverwalk. Brynn and Andy play jigs, reels, and a few good old-fashioned laments with a little guitar, bodran, whistle and a lot of fiddle. Brynn has been playing violin since 4th grade and has developed a true love of fiddle and now focuses her attention on traditional tunes. Expect to hear traditional Celtic tunes like The Butterfly, Toss the Feathers, Swallowtail, and Carraroe.

Riverbend Nature Center of Faribault will host Saturday’s youth activity.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers for Kids at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Amy and Adams, and vegetable stamp art for kids by Budding Farmers are just part of the fun on Saturday, September 14 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Produce is abundant at Riverwalk.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, carrots, onions, broccoli,

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

Summer produce will be abundant at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday

potatoes, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, winter squash, and eggs grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Apples are in Season

The 2013 apple crop is looking good, and Pat McBride of McBride Farm in Wanamingo is pleased.  2012 was a terrible year for apples.  A warm March was followed by an April freeze and topped off by hail and drought so most of the 2012 apple crop was lost.   Many local growers also lost their 2010 crop to frost.  After poor crops in two of the past four years, an abundant harvest is doubly welcome. Zestar, Williams Pride, and Red Free varieties are abundant now.  Honey Crisp will be available by the end of September, followed by Haralson, Fireside, and Connell Red. 

Featured Artist Gerie Thelen of Just Me Geralyn and Glass

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Vases and serving plates by Geralyn Thelen at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Geralyn Thelen has been experimenting with new glass color combinations this summer in her vases, serving trays and lawn ornaments.  In addition to her trademark blue-green-yellow combinations she has started a color line in grays with red accents, another in oranges, and third in bold florals.  One very interesting piece features fused pottery shards in a golden yellow serving plate.  What is Gerie’s best seller?  “Everyone loves vases,” Gerie said.  They are favorite gifts for weddings and at the holidays.  Stop by and see Geralyn’s new works in glass. 

 

 

Musicians Amy and Adams and Budding Farmers Activities for Kids.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Amy and Mark Adams-Westin will perform Saturday, August 14 at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Both Amy and Mark Adams-Westin began playing music with their respective families from an early age, so it’s not surprising that this husband and wife duo perform together as Amy and Adams.  According to one of their reviews, “Those who enjoy folk music should appreciate the work of Amy and Adams. This is also true for fans of the blues. And rock n’ roll. And just about any other form of music, as Amy and Adams draw their influences from many different artists.” 

Kids can create art using stamps in various shapes cut from

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Kids can make vegetable stamp art Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

fresh vegetables and paint at Riverwalk on Saturday courtesy of the Budding Farmers program.  At Riverwalk even the vegetables are a work of art!