Riverwalk Market Fair

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!







Featured Artist and Farmer, June 16, 2012

Watercolorist rekindles childhood passion

Kathy Miller (www.kmillerwatercolors.com) considers herself a young artist as she only began painting in 2006. Her path to becoming a painter began in her childhood home of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, where she had vivid memories of drawing in her own studio — a backyard tent made from blankets draped over the clothesline, with a DO NOT DISTURB sign pinned to the opening.

Years passed in which she married, raised two children and taught elementary school. Since her retirement, she’s rekindled her love of art and finds herself back in her very own art studio, this time in her Northfield home.

Kathy has displayed her sumptuous watercolors at Riverwalk Market Fair since it opened and has been thrilled with the response, sales of her work andcustom commissions for her art. Her passion for painting nowincludes teaching watercolor classes, as well.


A sustainable partnership

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister own Spring Wind Farm (www.springwind.org) in Waterford township. They met in a class at Macalester College where they read the writer Wendell Berry. Three years ago they started farming and now have more than 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers along with pigs, laying hens, and honeybees. Their produce is grown with no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

This is their third season at Riverwalk Market Fair, and every Saturday morning they pick everything that’s in season and bring it to Fair, fresh from the field. This coming Saturday they expect to have peas, summer squash, beets, salad greens, scallions, radishes, and more. “Riverwalk Market Fair just keeps getting better!” Betsy says, adding that she and Andrew love hearing what people have cooked with their veggies.

They also sell their vegetables through their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, and wholesale to local institutions. Some of their favorite crops are some 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes; a spectrum of red, gold and purple potatoes; and dry beans.

Andrew and Betsy plan to marry this August, continuing a partnership that has borne many fruits including a thriving sustainable farm in our community.


Musical Highlight: The Clydes- June 16

Musical Highlight: The Clydes

The Clydes are two thirds of Bonnie and the Clydes, regulars at Northfield’s popular musical venues, The Contented Cow and The Tavern. The Clydes are Scott McMillan and Bill McGrath. Bonnie Jean Flom will join them at Riverwalk Market Fair later this season. The group describes their music as the as “the kind of songs you listened to when you and friends were renting your first apartment near the campus sometime in the sixties or early seventies and your entire furniture contribution to the apartment consisted of a mattress and a coffee table made from a telephone company wooden spool. . .” To learn more, visit http://bonnieandtheclydes.com.