Twisted Yarn

Special Features Saturday September 1st

This Saturday will bring out the kid in visitors of Riverwalk Market Fair in Northfield. Vendors will offer sugar-dipped delights and art to sweeten your heart or put a smile on your lips.  Youth entrepreneurs will be spinning with creativity and a yoga class will smooth out any rough edges on a lazy Saturday.

Featured Artists: Mary Rossing and Wendy Nordquist

Mary Rossing (left) and Wendy Nordquist (right) will be representing The Local Joint, a Northfield shop carrying vintage and handmade art offered by a variety of local vendors. Rossing is not only Northfield’s mayor and a former downtown business owner, she also is an artist who graduated from St. Olaf College with a studio art degree in 1984. She primarily works in pastel on paper and her creations often incorporate inspirational and whimsical quotations.

Wendy Nordquist has been working with fabric since the tender age of six when she started sewing clothing for her trolls. Today she sews patterned clothing including her signature aprons that are so much fun, people wear them for all types of domestic occasions from cooking to gardening.

Featured Food Artisan: River City Caramelcorn 

Denise Metras of River City Carmelcorn has been perfecting her grandma’s all-natural caramel corn recipe for almost a decade. Recently, she decided the outstanding results should be shared with a broader market than her family. “The feedback I have gotten over the years is ‘the crispier the better,’” says Metras. “It’s all in the temperature and timing.”  Metras’  husband Rob often helps at her booth, and her four boys have been willing tasters as she has honed the family recipe. In addition to starting her new business, Metras works part time at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville as a staffing specialist.

 Heartwork Yoga Offers Free Kids Yoga 

Heartwork Yoga studio will offer free Kids Yoga at the Fair this Saturday, and invites children of all ages, including young-at-heart adults, to participate. The relaxing all-comers class will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. along the riverfront in Bridge Square and will be taught by Amanda Hanson, Michele Garcia, and Kelly Smith. The three yoga instructors recently graduated from the Heartwork Yoga Teacher Training.

 Youths Sell Yarn Jewelry and Dog Treats

In the Youth Booth, Alex Baraniak, owner of Twisted Yarn, will sell handmade necklaces and bracelets, and students from the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key, pictured above) will cater to discerning dogs and dog-lovers with their homemade canine treats.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at Riverwalk Market Fair – August 11

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (August 7, 2012) – Riverwalk Market Fair is celebrating National Farmers Market Week by offering visitors free samples of local farmers’ foods including salsa, pesto, pickled produce and jams, along with fresh baked pastries and breads. While at the Fair, visitors can try their hand at throwing pots on a potter’s wheel, pick up a coupon for discounts at one of downtown’s most popular shops, support inventive youth entrepreneurs, learn about Northfield’s latest recycling project and be entertained by a talented banjo player.

 Featured Artist: Jim Haas

Recently retired as Rice County’s director of community corrections, ceramics artist Jim Haas will demonstrate his craft on Saturday, and encourage visitors to give his wheel a spin, as well. Haas has been making ceramic art since 1973. Although he has exhibited regionally, he says, “I like working with clay and experimenting. But I do not yet know what kind of potter I want to be when I grow up.”

 Featured Farmer: Red Barn Farm

The Winter family, including Patrick, Tammy and their children Hannah, 18 and Max, 16, owns Red Barn Farm, locally known for its wood-fired pizzas. At Riverwalk Market Fair, the Winters offer up their own recipes for salsa, pesto, pickles and produce. All produce is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals “to help you be as healthy as you can be,” says Tammy. For updates on the fall opening of the Red Barn Farm restaurant see

Featured Business: The Rare Pair

As its name suggests, this downtown favorite specializes in comfortable and fashionable shoes for men and women. Pick up a coupon at the Fair’s Welcome Tent to get a discount on shoes. Learn more about the shop at

Youth Booth

The community-sponsored Youth Booth, has become one of the Fair’s most popular tents. This week the Booth will have four groups of youth entrepreneurs: The Northfield Union of Youth selling organic dog treats (pictured above), Pachamama Kids Emilio Lobo Alvarez, Isabela Alvarez and Zoe Muluihill selling delicious homemade human treats, Alden Cristofaro-Hark selling produce and handmade jewelry and Alex Baraniak, owner of Twisted Yarn, selling handmade necklaces and bracelets.

 Friend of the Market

The Northfield Transition Youth/YES! Team will join the Fair to demonstrate their innovative recycling bin. YES stands for Youth Energy Summit and is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. Learn about their project at

Musical Highlight

Musical entertainment will be provided by Northfield banjo player Timothy Hollinger.