Schoolhouse Apiary

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.

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band, Bee Watching! Recycled Coffee Bag Totes, & Heirloom Tomato Varieties from Spring Wind Farm at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Riverwalk Market Fair, August 2014

Riverwalk Market Fair, August 2014

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 30, 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 crafts for sale.

Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm with newest farmer Faye Claribel.

Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm with newest farmer Faye Claribel.

Heirloom and Hybrid Tomatoes from Spring Wind Farm

What is an Heirloom tomato? Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm says heirlooms are usually defined as any open-pollinated tomato from pre-1950. More poetically, the Seed Savers organization says that an heirloom seed is one that has a story. Open pollinated plants reproduce true from seed. Most heirloom tomatoes produce fewer fruit and have thinner skin than hybrids, so they don’t ship

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

well. Spring Wind Farm has chosen their heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for the best available combination of flavor, productivity, and resistance to split skin. Cherokee Purple is a large, rich, sweet fruit and is Betsy’s favorite for pizza and sandwiches. Stripped German is more tart, with more acid. The Valencia is an orange colored tomato. Besty and Andrew also grow what they consider the tastiest hybrids – Jetstar, Big Beef, and Martha Washington.

Regulars at Riverwalk may wonder why they haven’t seen Betsy’s husband Andrew for a while. He is spending Saturdays framing up their new house to get the new building enclosed for winter. Betsy and

James Curren of JavaCycle.

James Curren of JavaCycle making tote bags.

baby Faye Claribel are holding down the fort at Riverwalk. http://www.springwind.org

Recycled Totes from Recycled Coffee Bags

What to do with thousands of coffee bags from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru, with lovely imprints of birds and flowers — tons of them collected through the operation of James Curren’s other business, Providence Coffee? James added recycled leather and canvas from recycled cotton to create JavaCycle tote bags and

JavaCycle tote bag.

JavaCycle tote bag.

accessories. James knows the coffee business from his years in international finance and commodities. After exiting the corporate world in 2004 he started his organic, fair trade coffee business from his home in Faribault, and from then began creating totes from the recycled coffee bags. You can find JavaCycle totes on Etsy, at Caribou Coffee and Dunn Brothers, and right here at Riverwalk Market Fair. http://www.javacycle.net

Alexander’s Ragtime Brass Band and Bee Watching for Kids.

Faribault’s Alexander’s Ragtime Brass, featuring two trumpets, a French horn, a valve

A bee hive from Schoolhouse Apiary

A bee hive from Schoolhouse Apiary.

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.

Kids (and adults) can learn about bees from Riverwalk’s Schoolhouse Apiary. Come visit an observation hive with a glass cover and see of you can spot the queen. Try the honey samples and bee costume!

Music by Sam Ryden, New Season Honey, KidsART, Hand Crafted Leather Goods, and Summer Produce at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Looking at Flowers at Riverwalk

Choosing Flowers at Riverwalk.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, August 16, 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, snow peas, rhubarb, green beans, radishes, 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 crafts for sale.

Local Honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary

New season honey from Schoolhouse Apiary.

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will have the first of this summer’s honey – clear, light yellow and with a distinctive, complex flavor. The flavor of local honey varies with the season, and early season honey is Laura’s favorites. Laura says this year’s comb honey is among the best she has ever had, so try some now while supplies last. Honey vinegar made from mead is Laura’s special product for 2014. Since it has to age 1 full year she waited

Kelly Asada makes leather accessories -- belts, purses, wallets, iPad sleeves, and more.

Kelly Asada makes leather accessories.

a long time for it to be ready! While the sweetness is gone, mead vinegar retains the honey flavor, and is great for salad dressing or with fruit.

Hand-crafted Leather Goods by Kelly Asada

New among Kelly Asada’s hand-crafted leather goods are women’s cell phone cases and a wallet clutch. Kelly has a limited number of purses from tooled Italian leather. Tablet computer sleeves are a popular new item. Other favorite items include wallets for men and women, money clips, card holders, and belts.

Sam Ryden

Sam Ryden

Music by Sam Ryden and KidsArt Youth Activity

At age 13, Sam Ryden is just getting started as a musician, and what a start his is making. Already a very credible guitar man, Sam is blessed with an ethereal tenor voice, sophisticated musical sense, and killer stage presence. Sam made the pre-teen division semifinals of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest in both 2012 and 2013. Music runs in the family. Sam’s dad Rob Ryden is worship director at Northfield’s Emmaus church and sings with the Eastside Collective. Sam plays regularly at Emmaus Church. See Sam’s 2013 Minnesota State Fair performance here.

Youth Activity on Saturday will be KidsART, exploring performing, literary and visual art forms, and led by Christina Schwietz of the Northfield Arts Guild.