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Summer Vegetables, Fresh Flowers, New Harvest Honey, Funky Glass, and lots of Brass Bands at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (July 29, 2013) – Fresh summer flowers and vegetables, the first new honey of the season, funky glass, and a bounty of brass band music will be featured this Saturday, August 3 at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair.  This weekend is the Vintage Band Festival, so on Saturday morning Riverwalk will be sharing Bridge Square with four great brass bands.

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

Summer produce season is in full swing.  Expect to find fresh flowers, kale, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, and eggs grown by local farmers.  News on the tomato watch: Farmers are likely to have cherry tomatoes and big slicing tomatoes could appear in another week if the weather is favorable.  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.  Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.

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

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary brings 2013 new harvest honey to Riverwalk on Saturday

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary brings 2013 new harvest honey to Riverwalk on Saturday.

Featured Farmer: Schoolhouse Apiary

Laura Heiman of Schoolhouse Apiary will be back at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.  The bees have been busy and Laura’s first 2013 honey is ready for market.  Laura keeps bees on the Heiman’s acreage near Cannon Falls, where you will find, you guessed it, an old schoolhouse.  Her honey is raw, unheated and filtered straight from the hives.  “Heating honey damages the delicate floral flavors,” she explains.

As with many beekeepers, Laura lost all her hives this spring from a combination of weakness due to mites and the unseasonably late May snow storms.  She got replacement queens with their attendant bees, which lived for days in boxes on the porch of her Northfield home making excited bee noises.  Check out her Facebook description of how you get bees from their shipping package into their new hive homes.  And check out the new harvest honey this Saturday.


Featured Artist: Dale’s Funky Glass

Dale Brown of Dales Funky Glass at Riverwalk Market Fair

Dale Brown of Dales Funky Glass at Riverwalk Market Fair

Dale Brown of Dales’ Funky Glass uses a multi-step process to create many of his glass designs.  First strips of colored glass are stacked in a frame, placed in the kiln, and allowed to melt into a puddle the shape of a square with stripes of color running through the mass.  Dale slices the square into strips, stacks the strips so the pattern emerges in a new direction, and melts them again to fuse the strips into a new design.

Another technique starts with pieces of colored glass on a sieve in the kiln.  The glass melts and drips though the sieve in a pattern that Dale then cuts to fit a finished piece.

When not at Riverwalk Dale is a art lab assistant at Normandale Community College where he works with students in printmaking, glass, and photography. 

The Vintage Band Festival!

 Riverwalk Market Fair will be sharing Northfield’s Bridge Square with the Vintage Band Festival on Saturday.  Tell your friends, because this is a world-class, four-day, one-of-a-kind music event right here in Northfield.  Saturday morning will feature the New Prague Area Community Band at 10 am, The Lake Wobegon Brass Band at 11 am,  a Battle of the Civil War Bands from opposite banks of the Cannon River at noon, and a performance by the massed Civil War bands on the Fourth Street Bridge at 1 pm.  Grab your Riverwalk coffee and breakfast pastries and enjoy the festival.

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

Saturday, Sept. 15: Meet a beekeeper, bookbinder and two Bellas!

On Saturday, September 15, Riverwalk Market Fair will be abuzz with excitement as local bees demonstrate the craft of making honey. In addition, booklovers likely will be talking up the nationally exhibited bookbinder at the Fair showcasing the many directions she’s taken her art form, and a pair of pet-loving youths will try out their entrepreneurial wings for the first time.

Featured artist: Heather Bain, bookbinder

When featured artist Heather Bain told her friends that she was going to become a bookbinder after graduating from Carleton College, she was met with more than a little skepticism. But in 2010, she spent two years at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, completing the only full-time bench bookbinding program in the country, before returning to Northfield to ply her trade. Her fine binding of Tolkien’s Silmarillion is currently on tour with the Guild of Book Workers’ national exhibition. At Riverwalk Market Fair she sells decorative papers, blank journals and miniature book jewelry. She also takes commissions. Learn more at

 Featured Farmer: Schoolhouse Apiary, beekeepers

Teacher Laura Heiman started keeping bees and making honey as well as beeswax candles about a decade ago. She named her operation Schoolhouse Apiary and now has 15 hives in bee-yards located in Northfield, Cannon Falls and Nerstrand’s Simple Harvest Farm Organics. This Saturday, Heiman will bring bees so viewers can see them active in the hive. The honey is raw, unheated, filtered honey straight from the hives. “Heating honey damages the delicate floral flavors of honey. Come by for a taste and see for yourself!” she offers.

 Youth Booth: Bella and Bella plus the Key

Bella Smith and Bella Callery do business as “Bella and Bella” and will sell homemade dog biscuits and dog tags for the first time at the Fair Saturday. “We love dogs and we love to give them fun, healthy snacks,” say the dual Bellas. They will be joined by members of the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key, pictured above), who are adding cat toys to sales of their popular homemade dog treats.  Learn more

 Musical Highlight

Bill McGrath (above), Butch Armstrong and Ann Jensen will join together in playing folk favorites.

For Kids

Jennifer Cox Johnson will offer a theatrical reading for kids at 10:30 a.m. behind the Welcome Tent.

This Week at the Market – Sept. 17

This week Riverwalk Market Fair is abuzz with excitement as Schoolhouse Apiary brings a live bee observation hive to the Fair! Market Fair goers can safely see nature at work. Kids can even zip into a real beekeeping suit and explore the bee equipment starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Welcome Tent this Saturday in downtown Northfield. To sweeten the deal there’s honey tastings for everyone. Plus, Schoolhouse Apiary makes 100% beeswax products such as candles, bars, ornaments and more. Catch more information on KYMN‘s ArtZany! Radio show this Friday as beekeeper Laura Heiman explains the delicate art of managing bees and their favorite nectar gathering spot — a wildflower field within our region at the historic Valley Grove Church and how the hives are kept on certified organic land. Also, hear from watercolor artist Kathy Miller who has her own knack for capturing nature — and all its inspiring beauty — with just the stroke of her paintbrush.

Of course, live music adds color to the Market Fair scene. Randall Ferguson will strum up an array of century-old tunes. He’ll be joined by Paul Seguin who plays original artistic music with a blues & jazz influence.

For more upcoming activities, check out Riverwalk Market Fair’s calendar.