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Riverwalk Market Fair Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27.

Last chance to stroll the Fair along the riverfront.

Riverwalk Market Fair’s Fall Festival is this Saturday October 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the riverfront in downtown Northfield. The event will feature a giant cornucopia for children to paint, along with harvest foods and creative cuisine from local farmers and food artisans. In addition, Riverwalk Market Fair’s cornucopia coloring activity appeared in the Northfield News on Saturdays October 13 and October 20. Kids are encouraged to bring their drawings to the Welcome Tent for a free treat.

October 27 is the final Saturday of Riverwalk Market Fair’s outdoor market. The Fair moves indoors to the Northfield Armory in November and December.

 Featured Food Artisan: Rebecca Stoufis

Rebecca Stoufis is a new resident of Northfield who introduces Greek cuisine to the Fair for the first time this Saturday. The West Virginia transplant embraces Greek traditions from her husband’s family and will offer homemade baklava, pistachio cake, kourabiethes (sugar cookies) and fudge. Read her blog at

Featured Farmers: Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann

Betsy Allister and Andrew Ehrmann of Spring Wind Farm ( harvested and hand-threshed 450 pounds of dry beans this season, which they are now selling at the Fair. Three of their four varieties are heirlooms—Montezuma red, Kenearly Yellow Eye (a white bean with a yellow eye) and Tiger’s Eye (gold with maroon swirls). The couple also sells black turtle beans. The freshly harvested beans cook in 45 minutes to an hour with no pre-soaking required. Home chefs will find them perfect for burritos, tacos, black bean soup, chili, and beans and rice. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber.

 Friend of the Market: Loren Larson and Barry Cipra

Loren Larson and Barry Cipra will share beautiful wooden puzzles and games, all handcrafted by Larson. Learn about the art of math in wood with these fun, interactive puzzles and games.

Youth Booth: The Key and Maria Hougen-Eitzman

Students from the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key, right) will sell their homemade dog treats and cat toys, alongside Mari Hougen-Eitzman (left), who will selling the honey she produced

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

Saturday, September 29: Riverwalk Market Overflows withLocal Food, Art and Song

Fall harvest is in full swing at Riverwalk Market Fair and Fair-goers can now shop for fresh, locally grown pumpkins, squashes, root vegetables, apples, kale and other produce. In addition, visitors can nosh on Mexican foods, take in luscious landscape photography, sing along to live music and listen to a 12-piece band. Visitors to the Fair will also have the opportunity to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and get better acquainted with local community organizations.

Featured Food Artisan: Maria Estrada

Maria’s Taco Hut is featured this week at Riverwalk Market Fair. Run by local chef Maria Estrada, Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly prepared Mexican specialties from the family’s red food truck. Since 2005, the red truck has served food at events throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Estrada’s husband, Rafael and daughter, Gabi, 13, help with the family business. Every Saturday at Riverwalk Market Fair visitors can enjoy foods made-to-order including breakfast burritos and quesadillas made filled with locally grown foods as well delicious soups. Estrada also caters corporate and college events along with special occasions including weddings.

 Featured Artist: Dennis McClintock

Featured Artist and Northfield resident Dennis McClintock ( has displayed his crisp, painterly photographic images at Riverwalk Market Fair for the past three years. McClintock photographs landscapes, historical buildings, nature scenes and wildlife. Recently his work was featured in the Northfield Arts Guild gallery’s “Northfield Ties” exhibit.

Youth Booth: Three entrepreneurial ventures

Mari Hougen-Eitzman will be selling honey and vegetables from her family’s organic farm, Big Woods Farm, in Nerstrand. Bella Smith and Bella Callery operating as Bella & Bella (pictured above) will sell homemade dog treats, and the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key) will sell it’s homemade dog treats and cat toys.


Friend of the Market

Accelerate Northfield The goal of Accelerate Northfield ( is to close Northfield’s academic achievement gap by matching volunteer tutors with struggling students. Families are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Tent to create marbled paper bookmarks. The activity is free.

 Musical Entertainment

Jim Rosso and Neil Rowley (pictured above) will bring out the kid in everyone as they sing and tell stories at the Fair, while musicians Dan Bergerson and a dozen of his friends will play tunes for all ages. The friends include: Michael Berger, Laurie Brackee, Wes Braker, Zach Evenson, Mary Hakes, Seth Hanson, Henry Jokela, Nancy Kmoch, Gary Meidt, Phil Peterson and Jesse Streitz.