Sam Wilmont

On October 13 Riverwalk Market Fair Features a Rainbow of Produce, Pastries and Plentiful Art

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (October 9, 2012) – This Saturday Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair will be a treat for fair-goers who are hungry for fresh produce including apples, squash, tomatoes, herbs and a variety of root vegetables. They can also try foods from American, European, Scandinavian, French and Mexican cultures and shop for art on the riverfront before the snow flies.

Featured Food Artisan: Kathy Jandro

Kathy Jandro’s baking business called Kathy’s Kolachy, named after her signature pastry, is featured this Saturday. Jandro describes herself as “a full-blooded Czech” and says she has been teaching the next generation in her family how to make her home-baked kolaches. From now through December she will give fair-goers a chance to also develop a taste for Czechoslovakian sweet breads in addition to her energy bars.

 Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Geralyn Thelen has hardly missed a Saturday of this year’s Riverwalk Market Fair. She is popular for her bright-colored glass creations inspired by years of quilt-making. Her work strikes geometric lines like those in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found both at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

 Youth Booth: Dog treats and origami

Two popular youth teams return this Saturday: Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien selling handcrafted origami and the Northfield Union of Youth (a.k.a. The Key, pictured above) selling their homemade dog treats.

Friend of the Market: TORCH

TORCH (Tackling Our Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) is this Saturday’s Friend of the Market. TORCH seeks to increase the graduation rate among at-risk students in the Northfield community by taking an integrative perspective on students’ lives. TORCH increases academic performance through tutoring, mentorships, civic engagement and leadership, as well as providing college access opportunities. In order for its students to succeed, TORCH relies heavily upon community support including financial contributions and volunteers to tutor, mentor and collaborate with students. Learn more at www.northfieldtorch.org

Saturday Aug. 25th: Free kids yoga, fresh produce and baked goods, natural jewelry

This Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair offers a feast for the senses – the aroma of freshly baked pastries and pies, the sight of beautifully crafted jewelry inspired by nature, the big bold sounds of a brass quintet, and the taste of heirloom tomatoes picked at sunrise.  As a special bonus, kids and parents can take part in the Fair’s first free Kids yoga class where they will turn upside down, reach for the sky and relax under a tree in Bridge Square.

Featured Farmers: Dragonfly Hollow family farm

Two years ago Brenda Dorr and her husband Jeff joined Brenda’s parents on the family farm, Dragonfly Hollow, and realized their dream of joining the local foods movement. Dragonfly Hollow is a small family owned farm with 40 acres of pasture, woodlands, gardens and rolling hills that include a river and a tranquil pond. The farm offers safe and nutritious products grown sustainably. Riverwalk Market Fair visitors also can also enjoy Dragonfly Hollow’s delicious sweet breads including zucchini, cucumber nut, banana, blueberry along with pies, muffins and other treats.

 Featured Artist: Red Sky Beads

This week’s featured artist is Becky Korbel of Red Sky Beads.  Korbel’s has a passion for designing handcrafted jewelry inspired by her love of  nature. This year she has added a large variety of Czech glass beads to her creations.

Youth Booth: Fresh produce, canine treats and origami creations

At the Youth Booth on Saturday, Alden Cristofaro-Hark will sell fresh produce and handmade earrings; Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will sell their intricate origami creations (above) and the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) will cater to discerning dogs and dog-lovers with their homemade canine treats.

 Kids Yoga: Heartwork  Yoga Studio

Children and their families can enjoy free yoga from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A yoga mat or towel is recommended, and no yoga experience is necessary. The class will be led by new graduates of the Heartwork Yoga Summer Teacher Training program.

Friend of the Market: Youth Energy Summit 

The Northfield Transition Youth/YES! Team will join the Riverwalk Market Fair to demonstrate their innovative recycling bin. YES stands for Youth Energy Summit and is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. Learn about their project at youthenergysummit.org/northfield-yes-teams-dreams-become-reality.

 Musical Highlight: Fairbault Brass Quintet & Alexanders Ragtime Brass

Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes back a brass quintet that plays under two names to distinguish two distinct styles—Faribault Brass Quintet and Alexander’s Ragtime Brass. The quintet is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn, a valve trombone and a tuba, and plays music ranging from the Baroque period to modern jazz.

Saturday, August 4 Features at Riverwalk Market Fair

This Saturday, visitors to Riverwalk Market Fair can purchase a poem or short story written on the spot, talk with an entrepreneur who makes hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, savor scrumptious made-from-scratch pastries, and listen to a variety of live folk music.

Featured Food Artisan: Martha Schuetzle

“Martha” means melt-in-the-mouth pastries to most visitors of Riverwalk Market Fair. This Saturday, Martha Schuetzle is the Fair’s featured food artisan. Aside from her baked-to-perfection scones, quiche, rolls and croissants, Schuetzle wants her patrons to know that she strives to use regional ingredients whenever she can, including vegetables and herbs from her garden, Valley View Dairy products and North Dakota Mill flour, which is unbleached and contains no bromates. “Everything I make is entirely from scratch; I use no artificial color or flavoring,” Schuetzle says. She plans to be at the Fair through December (it moves inside in November) and to open a storefront business Fridays and Saturdays in Dundas beginning in February.

Featured Artist: Angie Frawley

For this week’s featured artist Angie Frawley of Angie’s Accessories, jewelry making started out as a hobby and now is something she really enjoys and is able to sell. She concentrates on hand-crafted, beaded accessories including earrings, bracelets and bookmarks, as well as colorful headbands made from recycled t-shirts.

Musical Highlight: Wake Robin

Wake Robin is a Northfield based duo comprised of Brad Easterson on fiddle and John Hanson on banjo and guitar. Their specialty is traditional instrumental folk music, with an emphasis on Celtic and American Civil War songs. They have been making music together as Wake Robin for six years, and can often be found in Northfield’s coffee shops and pubs.

Friend of the Market: Writer Mary Steil

Mary Steil will be at the Fair this Saturday with her popular “Writing Store.”  Inspired to “bring writing into the open,” she will write extemporaneously upon request. The price is just 25 cents for a poem and 50 cents for a short story. Steil will donate all of her proceeds to Riverwalk Market Fair.

Youth Booth: Three local entrepreneurs

Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill, doing business as Pachamama Kids, will sell recycled goods and delicious homemade baked treats using Ecuadorian recipes.  Youth farmers from SEEDS (above) will offer their newly harvested produce and origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien will return to the Fair.