Rebecca Stoufis

Music by Wake-Robin, Dance for Young People, Hand Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry, Sweet and Savory Greek Treats, and Summer Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey available from Schoolhouse Apiary

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 23, 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 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. 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

Rebecca Stoufis

Rebecca Stoufis bakes sweet and savory Greek Pastries.

crafts for sale.

Savory Tarts and Rolled Baklava by Rebecca’s Greek Kousina

Savory feta tartlets and rustic tomato tarts are new this year from Rebecca Stoufis at Rebecca’s Greek Kousina and they are a great hit. Rebecca sold out within two hours the second time she brought the tomato tarts. Onion and goat cheese tart is another Riverwalk best-seller, as are the cream puffs. Rebecca always has baklava and biscotti. Rebecca’s mother-in-law in Greece gets excited about Riverwalk and calls most weeks with new ideas. It was Rebecca’s mother-in-law that suggested rolling her baklava in to “saragli,” which are perfect for eating at Riverwalk. Rebecca has several gluten-free selections each week. Her newest confection is an Italian cream cake with cream cheese frosting.

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs create wrapped stone jewelry.

Hand Wrapped Gemstone Jewelry from Pocket Rock Designs

Jim Elwell always has rocks in his pockets and his wife Carol has a geology degree so it seems inevitable that they would design semi-precious gemstone jewelry. Pocket Rock Designs specializes in hand-wrapping semi-precious gemstones in silver to make unique pendants and earrings. Carol says it is a hobby gone wild. Jim and Carol sell on Etsy and this is their first season at Riverwalk Market Fair. Jim and Carol wrap each stone so as to embrace and enhance the stone’s unique shape. Choose from among a large collection of polished stones and they will wrap and string a necklace specifically for you.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

John Hanson and Brad Easterson of Wake Robin will perform Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Celtic and Civil War Music by Northfield’s Wake-Robin and Dance for Kids

Music at Saturday’s Riverwalk will be by Wake Robin, the Northfield based duo of Brad Easterson on fiddle and Captain John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, especially Celtic and American Civil War songs. John and Brad have been making music together as Wake Robin for seven years, and can often be heard in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.  Banjo pickin’ Helen Forsythe, earlier announced for

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

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

this Saturday, has needed to postpone her visit to Riverwalk until September 27.

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.

KYMN Radio’s Paula Grandquist interviews Rebecca Gains Stoufis

KYMN Paula Granquist

SATURDAY, JULY 13 — Due to rain, we will be opening at 10:30 AM today. Will close at 1 PM, as usual. See you there

Fresh Summer Vegetables, Greek Pastry, Leather Goods, Break Dancing, and Chainsaw Art at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Greek pastry, breakdancing students, leather goods, Chainsaw art, and of course plenty of summer produce, are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, July 13.

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

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find kale, spinach, salad greens, radishes, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, broccoli, beets, cucumbers, eggs, and if the weather continues favorable, carrots and green beans, grown by local farmers.  Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina, and Archibald Mills.

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.)

Featured Food Artist Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina

Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca's Greek Kouzina

Rebecca Stoufis of Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina

How did a West Virginia girl come to make exquisite Greek pastries for Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair?  She met a boy from Athens – Greece, not Georgia — at college in Arizona, that‘s how.  They moved last year to Northfield, where Rebecca Stoufis’ engineer husband designs high performance auto parts.  Rebecca, always a traveller and lover of ethnic food, enjoyed creating Greek delicacies before she met husband Mikolaos.  She offers authentic Greek cookies, cakes, and of course, baklava at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Rebecca’s bestseller?  “Spanakopita.  I can never make enough of it,” she says of the delectable spinach, feta, and filo savories.  This Saturday expect two kinds of baklava, the traditional Greek version with pecans and Mikolaos’ favorite Turkish baklava with pistachios.

 

 

Featured Artist Kelly Asada of KD Asada Studio: Handcrafted Leather Goods

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Kelly Asada, leatherworker, of KD Asada Studio

Quality is key for Kelly Asada.  As a furniture restorer he is accustomed to working with wood.  He learned to work leather so that he could restore vintage furniture with leather detailing, and from there began to work with leather directly.  “I’m a craftsman on a journey,” says Kelly about his vocation.  “I like working with natural products and creating things that people will use every day.” Kelly is currently at work on a design for a womens’ handbag from beautifully tooled Italian leather.  Expect to see these one-of-a-kind items soon at Riverwalk Market Fair.   http://www.asadastudio.com/index.html

 

Curtis Ingvoldstad, Chainsaw Artist

Curtis Ingvoldstad, Chainsaw Artist

Breakdancing!  Chainsaw Art!

Northfield has some talented breakdancers.  Recent Arcadia Charter School graduate Cliff Martin will gather some friends for breakdance demonstrations.  They’ll teach some moves to any young person who wants to join them.  These young people are a familiar sight in Bridge Square and performed at last May’s Taste of Northfield.What goes with breakdancing?  Chainsaw art, of course!  Minnesota artist Curtis Ingvoldstad handles a chainsaw with the delicacy of a paintbrush, which stands to reason as he began his art career with oil painting and hand carving.  Curtis is among the best of the best internationally, so it’s a privilege to have him at Riverwalk Market Fair.  Stop by this Saturday to see Curtis with chainsaw in hand.  www.woodsculpture.net

About Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair is a Saturday open-air market located on Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield.  This one-of-a-kind European-style market is open Saturdays from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts including ceramics, art works, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry.  Hours are 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine.  For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.