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.

Saturday July 21st Features: Hearty Fresh Baked Breads and Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Glasswork

This Saturday, Riverwalk Market Fair features a couple with a passion for scrumptious artisan breads fresh from the oven and an artist who fuses glass into quilt-like patterns. The Fair also welcomes a unique brass quintet that play selections from a variety of genres.

Featured Food Artisan: Crack of Dawn

Chris and Lori Momberg share their love of fresh, hearty bread with visitors at Riverwalk Market Fair. “Baking bread has become such a joy for us and something we can work at together,” Lori Momberg says. The couple rolls out of bed before the crack of dawn each Saturday to make their bread fresh for the Fair, a fact that inspired the company’s name. Each week they offer a featured flavor loaf such as blueberry and lemon swirl or pesto Parmesan, along with staples including French boule, 100 percent whole wheat, focaccia and baguettes. This year they’ve added “pizettes,” lunch-size pizzas.

Featured Artist: Geralyn Thelen

Years of quilt-making inspire featured artist Geralyn Thelen’s designs. Today she fashions colorful patchworks in glass instead of fabric. She also evokes the geometric lines she sees in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thelen’s glasswork, sold under the name Just Me Geralyn and Glass, can be found at Riverwalk Market Fair and at The Orange Dragon, a gallery in Prescott, Wisc.

 Musical Highlights: brass quintet joins the Fair

For the firsttime, Riverwalk Market Fair welcomes 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.

The Fair also welcomes the musical talents of songwriter Raymond Coudret (pictured above) and the return of hammer dulcimer player and singer Kathleen Johnson.

Youth Booth

The Fair’s Youth Booth hosts young entrepreneurs from SEEDS farm (pictured above) and 11-year-old origami artists Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien.