Riverwalk Market Fair

Music by Poor Boy’s Delight, Art and Fine Craft, Local Produce, & Artisan Foods at June 3, 2017 Riverwalk Market Fair

Favorite local artists, food & produce vendors at Opening Day

Local farmers will be on hand with fresh-picked early salad greens, spinach, rhubarb, radishes, kale, green onions, bedding plants, handmade natural soaps, maple syrup, and local honey. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, spanakopita, jams and jellies, cake-in-a-jar, Greek specialties, and locally roasted coffee.  Veteran Riverwalk farm and food vendors on hand for opening day include Martha’s Eats and Treats, Mississippi Hills CSA, and Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads & Treats.  New to Riverwalk for opening day is Enchanted Woods Maple Syrup.

Ceramics, photography, fused glass art, wood items, fiber art, and hand-crafted jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale on opening day. Many of Riverwalk Market Fair’s favorite artists will be on hand to kick off the season, including Geralyn Thelen with fused glass plates, vases, and garden decorations, potter Barbara Zavaruha; bowl and spoon maker Brad Paulson, jeweler Cathy Collison, and many others.

Featured Farmer:  Schoolhouse Apiary

Schoolhouse Apiary has been keeping bees since 2004.  All of their bee yards are located on organically managed land and raised without antibiotics or pesticides.  Their honey goes straight from the hive to the bottle, with no heating or processing, just minimal filtering.

They’ve been selling at Riverwalk Market Fair since it’s opening season in 2010.  The couple loves talking about their bees and introducing everyone to the delicious local honey that the bees produce from different flower sources.

Featured Artist:  Prairie Sun Design

Nancy Stroessner of Apple Valley will be bringing her hand crafted purses, pillows, headbands, hair clips, hats, and scarves back again this year.  She states “It started with Barbie.  Before I was allowed anywhere near a sewing machine, I was designing evening gowns for Barbie with stick pins and pretty floral handkerchiefs, and manipulating folds of fabric into bustles and borders.”

Always sewing, always developing her skills and knowledge of sewing and handwork, and now is allowed to chase her dream of being a creator and purveyor of her own designs.  Her website is www.prairiesundesign.com

Music

Local singer-songwriter Bobby Psenka of Poor Boy’s Delight will be at Riverwalk Market Fair debut on Opening Day.  Poor Boy’s Delight plays a mix of original music, guitar, bluegrass, rock, roots, ragtime, and many other genres.  He’ll give the market a great vibe and entertain while you peruse the artist and farmer stands.

Featured June 23: Chicken farmers, a photographer and multi-generational musicians.

A Family Farm Inspired by ‘Auntie Annie’

Featured farmers Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Ian Rhoades are the owners of Auntie Annie’s Fields, across from Nerstrand’s Big Woods Heritage Forest. Elizabeth and Ian have been married since 1997 and have three young children. The farm is named after Elizabeth’s great-aunt Anne, who farmed the old home place in northwestern Minnesota. “Auntie Anne was so full of life she just twinkled, and it seemed that she could accomplish just about anything. Stories of her life inspire us,” Elizabeth says with a smile.

Auntie Annie’s Fields specializes in free-range chickens, which live on a clover and ryegrass pasture where they graze. “We believe that people’s health is connected to the health of the soil, plants and animals that feed them, so we use natural, chemical-free methods, and our animals know fresh air and sunshine,” Elizabeth says.

Auntie Annie’s dedicates a portion of their land to be used by the Mainstreet Project, which is making land and infrastructure available to aspiring Latino chicken farmers. “We are so grateful that we can pursue our farming goals, and we want others to have the same opportunity.” Learn more at www.auntieanniesfields.com.

A Lens on Life

Featured Artist Dennis McClintock started his fine art photography in Texas. Born in Iowa, he now resides in Northfield where he is displaying his crisp yet painterly photographic style for the third time at Riverwalk Market Fair. Dennis photographs landscapes, historical buildings and other manmade structures, nature and wildlife. His art is exhibited and sold in galleries, gift shops, restaurants and retail stores. Recently his art was part of the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit. His sunrises and sunsets have been featured in the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. Dennis shoots all digital and enjoys exercising his creative talents behind the lens and in post-processing. See his wor at the Fair and at www.mcclintockphotographics.com.

Musical entertainment spans generations

Keeley Nichole Susienka

Youthful songwriter and performer Keeley Nichole Susienka’s musical taste ranges from folk to alternative rock. She says her taste reflects early childhood influences including Tracy Chapman and Elvis Costello and her current passion for Ingrid Michaelson, Ani DiFranco, and Tegan and Sara. Her vocals, guitar skills, catchy originals and unique versions of cover songs captivate audiences. You won’t want to miss her in action.

Multe

As a duo, “Dag” Wornson and Jon Thore Bjork perform as Multe, meaning cloudberry, a sought-after Scandinavian berry. The two accordion players are often joined by musician friends who add additional richness to the acoustic Nordic folk music that has been a mainstay of Riverwalk Market Fair. We’re glad to welcome them back this weekend.

Youth Booth&Friend of the Market, June 16

to a Community Doodle

Our Friend of the Market, located in the Welcome Tent Saturday June 16, is the Eclectic Goat, a Northfield art store. The Eclectic Goat invites Riverwalk Market Fair visitors to participate in a “community doodle.” The Eclectic Goat embraces the handmade creations of local artisans and crafters. Paper and the doodling utensils will be supplied, so all you have to bring is your creativity! The community doodle is from approximately 9 a.m. until noon.

 Youth Booth Kick-off

Visit the Youth Booth at the Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. to see the creations of eleven-year-olds Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien of Northfield. They will be making and selling handcrafted origami and are excited to be starting their own art business. They say they have been making origami “their wholes lives.” The young artists will be the first to use the new

Riverwalk Market Fair Youth Booth, which has been made possible by collaboration between Riverwalk Market Fair, Healthy Community Initiative, Women in Northfield Giving Support (known as WINGS) and the NorthfieldEnterprise Center. The mission of the Youth booth is to grow local entrepreneurs, so please join in supporting these budding local entrepreneurs at the Riverwalk Market Fair this weekend!