Spring Wind Farm

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!

Harp Music, Local Produce, and Fine Art and Craft at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Spring at Riverwalk Market Fair.

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday June 21
from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine
Located Downtown on Bridge Square.

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

Farmers have spring produce such as fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, goat milk soap, and flowers. If the weather favorable the first 2014 strawberries may be available! Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads and delicious sweet and savory pastries jams, jellies, jams, pickles and BBQ. Watercolors, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, fused glass art, fiber 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 (www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wing Farm - and a watermelon.

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wing Farm – and a watermelon.

New Starts at Spring Wind Farm

New things are growing everywhere at Riverwalk Market Fair regulars, Spring Wind Farm. Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister are in the first growing season on 20 acres of land they purchased last summer. Betsy reports, “There have been a few challenges as we get to know it, but overall things look great and we’re excited to keep improving the soil and to grow on this land for many years to come.” Later this season Andrew will begin construction on a new house on their farm. Nate, Spring Wind Farm’s first full time employee, is a great addition to the operation. Most important of all, Andrew and Betsy’s new baby, Faye Claribel Ehrmann was born in January. At six months Faye is already a Riverwalk veteran, joining Andrew and Betsey on Saturdays to sell fresh local produce.

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha.

Prairie Grass Plate by Barbara Zaveruha.

Prairie Creek Pottery, Barbara Zaveruha

Barbara Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery continues making her line of Riverwalk favorite ceramic plates impressed with the images of local prairie grasses. Barbara collects grasses all year and they hang in bundles in her studio. “Each grass is different,” says Barbara. “Some can only be printed once, and others can make multiple impressions. Some are better used fresh,

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

Barbar Zaveruha of Prairie Creek Pottery

and others do better dried.” One plate in her collection features wet places grasses – cord grass, path rush, and wool grass. Another has impressions of spring grasses – fescue, side oats grama, prairie drop seed, blue grama, and Kalm’s brome. On the whimsical side, check out Barbara’s garden ornament elf houses.

Listen to – And Try Out – the Harp with Hannah Caroline

Hannah Caroline, Harp

Hannah Caroline, Harp

Hannah Caroline brings captivating classical and traditional Irish harp music to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday. Hannah blends lyric harp playing with a clear soprano voice for an enchanting sound. She released her first CD “Flowers of the Mountain” in 2013. Hannah will offer young people a chance to try their hand at the harp.

Fresh Salad Greens, Gemstone Jewelry, and Banjo Picking at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

A banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon, gemstone jewelry, fresh salad greens and other seasonal produce are just some of what you will find at Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, June 22.

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

Kale, spinach, salad greens, bedding plants, meat, eggs, and if the weather continues warm, radishes and kohlrabi will be available from local farmers.  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 Kouzina, and Archibald Mills, as well as honey from School House Apiary and alpaca wool from Fossum Family Farm.  Maria’s Tacos will be at Riverwalk for the next two Saturdays.

Watercolors, photographs, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.  Youth entrepreneurs will offer items including folded paper creations and fresh produce.  (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)

Featured Farmer Spring Wind Farm

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Wind Farm are thrilled to be offering spring greens, spinach, and kale at Riverwalk on Saturday. If the weather continues warm Andrew says they will also have radishes and kohlrabi.  Andrew and Betsy hope to add more acreage to their farm operation this year.  “Buying land is the most important thing we are working on right now,” says Betsy, “and it’s exciting.”  Betsy, (a Northfield native) and Andrew (from Colorado) met at Macalester College where they were inspired by the work of farmer poet Wendell Berry.  They established Spring Wind Farm, where they practice sustainable, chemical-free agriculture, in 2010.  www.springwind.org.

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Andrew Ehrmann and Betsy Allister of Spring Winds farm at Riverwalk Market Fair

Featured Artist 2 Wired Sisters

Tricia Bagstad of 2 Wired Sisters creates jewelry from gemstones, beads, Bali silver, and precious metal clay.  She travels to festivals and shows throughout the upper Midwest each summer and will be at Riverwalk Market Fair for 5 Saturdays this year.  What thrills Tricia?  “The stones.  I absolutely love the stones.  I love dressing them up into jewelry and carefully matching colors that will go well together.” www.2wiredsisters.com.

Live Music by Northfield’s Helen Forsythe and Friends

Banjo pickin’ Northfield folk phenomenon Helen Forsythe will gather some of her friends at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday to play folk music with a contemporary flair.  Helen, a recent graduate of Northfield High School, was among the cast members of Rock and Roll Revival X.  Helen and her band mates in The Long Shots will perform at the Minnesota Old Time and Blue Grass Music Festival in August.  Hear Helen’s cover of Josh Ritter’s “Harrisburg” at Bandcamp.  www.brokefolkrecords.bandcamp.com/track/harrisburg

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Helen Forsythe (left) performs at the Northfield ArtsTown launch party

Kid’s Activity by Division Street Dance

Emily Boyd, of Division Street Dance, and some of her students will lead dance and movement-based activities for young people, and do a little performing, as well.  Emily, a graduate of St. Olaf College, owns Division Street Dance and is a member of the Minneapolis-based Ethnic Dance Theater, one of the few dance companies in the US dedicated to the preservation of world music, song, and dance. www.divisionstreetdance.com

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.