Prairie Creek Pottery

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, Bracelets from Upcycled Clothing for Kids, Sweet and Savory Pastries and Prairie Inspired Pottery at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Prairie inspired pottery by Barbara Zaveruha

Prairie inspired pottery by Barbara Zaveruha

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, September 20, 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 late summer produce including fresh-picked salad greens, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with eggs, and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are now 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.

Pastries from Martha’s Eats and Treats

Martha Scheutzle of Martha's Eats and Treats

Martha Scheutzle of Martha’s Eats and Treats

If you have a favorite treat at Martha’s Eats and Treats be sure to get there early because there is often very little left by the time Riverwalk closes, and there is often a line. Martha always has a selection of both savory and sweet filled croissants and tarts. Staple selections include mini quiches, fruit, cream, coconut, and almond croissants, and a savory turnover with cheese and spinach or other vegetables. Martha has been at Riverwalk Market Fair since it began in 2010.   As of last year she opened a retail store in Dundas that is open Fridays and Saturdays and for catering.

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Themed Pottery from Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery creates prairie-inspired stoneware, plates, trays, and vases.  Her striking ceramic plates impressed with the images of local prairie grasses are a Riverwalk favorite. Barbara collects grasses all year and they hang in bundles in her studio. “Each grass is different,” says Barbara. “Some can only be printed once, and others can make multiple impressions. Some are better used fresh, and others do better dried.” Another of Barbara’s popular designs is her “plowed field” cups, featuring a parallel line design of a freshly plowed field with deep blue interior.   On the whimsical side, check out Barbara’s garden ornament elf houses.

Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass and Bracelets from Upcycled Clothing for Kids

Alexanders Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk.

Alexanders Ragtime Brass Band at Riverwalk.

Faribault’s Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz. This reprise of the crowd favorite Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Girl Scouts Anne France and May Hayes of Northfield will host Saturday’s kids activity using upcycled clothing fabric. Come help turn an old shirt into a wearable bracelet.

Harp Music, Local Produce, and Fine Art and Craft at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday June 21
from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

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

Farmers have spring produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, goat milk soap, and flowers. If the weather favorable the first 2014 strawberries may be available! Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, pickles and BBQ. Watercolors, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber 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.)

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wing Farm - and a watermelon.

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wing Farm – and a watermelon.

New Starts at Spring Wind Farm

New things are growing everywhere at Riverwalk Market Fair regulars, Spring Wind Farm. Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister are in the first growing season on 20 acres of land they purchased last summer. Betsy reports, “There have been a few challenges as we get to know it, but overall things look great and we’re excited to keep improving the soil and to grow on this land for many years to come.” Later this season Andrew will begin construction on a new house on their farm. Nate, Spring Wind Farm’s first full time employee, is a great addition to the operation. Most important of all, Andrew and Betsy’s new baby, Faye Claribel Ehrmann was born in January. At six months Faye is already a Riverwalk veteran, joining Andrew and Betsey on Saturdays to sell fresh local produce.

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha.

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha.

Prairie Creek Pottery, Barbara Zaveruha

Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery continues making her line of Riverwalk favorite ceramic plates impressed with the images of local prairie grasses. Barbara collects grasses all year and they hang in bundles in her studio. “Each grass is different,” says Barbara. “Some can only be printed once, and others can make multiple impressions. Some are better used fresh,

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

and others do better dried.” One plate in her collection features wet places grasses – cord grass, path rush, and wool grass. Another has impressions of spring grasses – fescue, side oats grama, prairie drop seed, blue grama, and Kalm’s brome. On the whimsical side, check out Barbara’s garden ornament elf houses.

Listen to – And Try Out – the Harp with Hannah Caroline

Hannah Caroline, Harp

Hannah Caroline, Harp

Hannah Caroline brings captivating classical and traditional Irish harp music to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday. Hannah blends lyric harp playing with a clear soprano voice for an enchanting sound. She released her first CD “Flowers of the Mountain” in 2013. Hannah will offer young people a chance to try their hand at the harp.

Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, Dance for Kids and Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fresh summer vegetables and flowers, music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band, and dance for kids are just part of the fun this Saturday, August 31 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.

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

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm at Riverwalk.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm at Riverwalk.

Most summer produce is currently available.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, tomatoes, 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.)

Candace Knutson of Straight River Produce has tomatoes and advise for keeping them at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Candace Knutson of Straight River Produce has tomatoes and advise for keeping them.

Tomatoes, Melons, Corn, and Fruit Fly Advise from Straight River Produce

“Don’t put them in the refrigerator,” Candace Knutson says to each customer as she bags up their tomatoes. Candace is the Riverwalk face of Straight River Produce, which is operated by Bill Hein of Faribault.  Her table is covered in tomatoes. “Eat the red one first and let the one with a bit of yellow at the stem end ripen on your counter for a few days and you’ll have tomatoes all week.”  She’s got a remedy for the fruit flies that hover around the tomatoes too – a pungent vinegar-based potion that attracts the pests to a quick end.  Straight River Produce has a bumper crop of tomatoes coming in over the next few weeks, as well as corn and sweet melons with your choice of orange or green flesh.  Facebook: StraightRiverFarm.

Featured Artist Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Among Barbara Zaveruha’s best selling pottery are large and small square platters with perfect impressions of native and imported prairie grasses.  Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, Side Oats Grama, and Smooth Brome, are captured in the wet clay and highlighted with darker iron oxide to show a detailed image of each delicate grass.  The key, says Barbara, is apply just the right amount of iron oxide.  Too much muddies the impression and not enough allows it to disappear into the background of the earth-toned glaze.  “The grasses make the best impression when they are freshly picked.”  Captured in the finished ceramic plate they look like they might still sway in the breeze.

Music by Alexander’s Ragtime Brass and Dance for Kids by Division Street Dance.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

Emily Boyd will lead dances for kids on Saturday at Riverwalk.

Faribault’s Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.  If the members look familiar, you may also have seen them playing a different style of music as the Faribault Brass Quintet.  This small reprise of the hugely fun Vintage Band Festival will be a brass band treat.

Emily Boyd has been dancing since she could walk, so it seems only right that she should operate the Division Street Dance Studio in Northfield.  Emily, an Owatonna native, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  A graduate of St. Olaf College, Emily is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance.