Saturday Events

Music by Poor Boy’s Delight, Art and Fine Craft, Local Produce, & Artisan Foods at June 3, 2017 Riverwalk Market Fair

Favorite local artists, food & produce vendors at Opening Day

Local farmers will be on hand with fresh-picked early salad greens, spinach, rhubarb, radishes, kale, green onions, bedding plants, handmade natural soaps, maple syrup, and local honey. Artisan foods include fresh-baked breads, delicious sweet and savory pastries, spanakopita, jams and jellies, cake-in-a-jar, Greek specialties, and locally roasted coffee.  Veteran Riverwalk farm and food vendors on hand for opening day include Martha’s Eats and Treats, Mississippi Hills CSA, and Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads & Treats.  New to Riverwalk for opening day is Enchanted Woods Maple Syrup.

Ceramics, photography, fused glass art, wood items, fiber art, and hand-crafted jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale on opening day. Many of Riverwalk Market Fair’s favorite artists will be on hand to kick off the season, including Geralyn Thelen with fused glass plates, vases, and garden decorations, potter Barbara Zavaruha; bowl and spoon maker Brad Paulson, jeweler Cathy Collison, and many others.

Featured Farmer:  Schoolhouse Apiary

Schoolhouse Apiary has been keeping bees since 2004.  All of their bee yards are located on organically managed land and raised without antibiotics or pesticides.  Their honey goes straight from the hive to the bottle, with no heating or processing, just minimal filtering.

They’ve been selling at Riverwalk Market Fair since it’s opening season in 2010.  The couple loves talking about their bees and introducing everyone to the delicious local honey that the bees produce from different flower sources.

Featured Artist:  Prairie Sun Design

Nancy Stroessner of Apple Valley will be bringing her hand crafted purses, pillows, headbands, hair clips, hats, and scarves back again this year.  She states “It started with Barbie.  Before I was allowed anywhere near a sewing machine, I was designing evening gowns for Barbie with stick pins and pretty floral handkerchiefs, and manipulating folds of fabric into bustles and borders.”

Always sewing, always developing her skills and knowledge of sewing and handwork, and now is allowed to chase her dream of being a creator and purveyor of her own designs.  Her website is www.prairiesundesign.com

Music

Local singer-songwriter Bobby Psenka of Poor Boy’s Delight will be at Riverwalk Market Fair debut on Opening Day.  Poor Boy’s Delight plays a mix of original music, guitar, bluegrass, rock, roots, ragtime, and many other genres.  He’ll give the market a great vibe and entertain while you peruse the artist and farmer stands.

Celtic Music, Wrapped Semi-precious Gemstone Jewelry, and Fall Apples at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall 2014 at Riverwalk Market Fair

Fall 2014 at Riverwalk Market Fair

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 18, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

Riverwalk Named Best Art Fair by the Southern Minnesota Scene! 

We’ve just heard that that Riverwalk Market Fair has been named “Best Art Fair” in a readers poll by the Southern Minnesota Scene.  Watch for the full readers choice list in the October 17 issue ofThe Scene.  Thank you to all our friends and So MN Best of 2014
supporters!  You make Riverwalk great.

Fall Produce, Apples, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and some fall and dried flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still available, as well as fall apples. 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.

Pesticide-Free Apples from McBride Farms

Pat McBride of McBride Farm has new crop fall apples. Pat is pleased to have been at Riverwalk since its first season. “Riverwalk is a great market for me,” he says. Pat grows apples with all natural products and uses no pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. “People at Riverwalk appreciate our all natural apples.”

Honey Crisp – One of the University of Minnesota’s best apples. Well-balanced, sweet-tart taste and explosively crisp, juicy texture.

Haralson – Firm texture with a complex tart flavor. Good for fresh eating and cooking. Especially good pie apple.

Fireside & Connell Red – Very large fruit with sweet flavor and fine-grained flesh. Good for fresh eating, salad, and baked apples.

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell of Pocket Rock Designs

Semiprecious Gemstone Jewelry by Pocket Rock Designs

Jim and Carol Elwell are in love with rocks, and they treat each of their semi-precious gemstone pendants with individual care. Carol says, “Each stone requires something different for its particular shape. Even flaws can be part of a stone’s beauty and need to be displayed thoughtfully.” Carol wraps each of her cabochon pendants individually in silver wire to highlight its unique

Lapis lazuli wrapped pendant

Lapis lazuli wrapped pendant

characteristics.   Riverwalk has been an incubator and testing ground for Pocket Rock Designs. It helped Jim and Carol get started in their business, get feedback from customers, and gain confidence in their own design vision. Carol says she has learned that whatever she loves about a stone or jewelry design, her customers tend to love too. See some of Carol and Jim’s cabochon pendants and finished semi-precious jewelry at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PocketRockDesigns.

Celtic Music by Father/Daughter Duo Andy and Brynn Artley

15-year-old fiddler Northfielder Brynn Artley, accompanied by her dad Andy Artley, will play Celtic and traditional music this Saturday at Riverwalk. Brynn and Andy play jigs, reels, and a few good old-fashioned laments with a little guitar, bodran, whistle and a lot of fiddle. Brynn has been playing violin since 4th grade and has developed a true love of fiddle and now focuses her attention on traditional tunes. Expect to hear traditional Celtic tunes like The Butterfly, Toss the Feathers, Swallowtail, and Carraroe.

Riverbend Nature Center of Faribault will host Saturday’s youth activity.

New Music by Emerging Minnesota Artists, Repurposed Art, Stories for Kids, Fall Produce, and Apples at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair

Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair, Saturday, October 11, from 9 am to 1 pm – rain or shine. Located Downtown on Bridge Square. Fall Produce, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft.

So MN Best of 2014Riverwalk Named Best Art Fair by the Southern Minnesota Scene! 

We’ve just heard that that Riverwalk Market Fair has been named “Best Art Fair” in a readers poll by the Southern Minnesota Scene.  Watch for the full readers choice list in the October 17 issue of The Scene.  Thank you to all our friends and supporters!  You make Riverwalk great.

Fall Produce, Apples, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft

Farmers have fall produce including fresh-picked salad greens, kale, green beans, beets, sweet and hot peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and winter squash, along with eggs and flowers. Locally grown heirloom, cherry, and Roma tomatoes are still available, as well as fall apples. 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,

Fall vegetables available.  Mississippi Hills CSA has pumpkins and spaghetti squash.

Fall vegetables available. Mississippi Hills CSA has pumpkins and spaghetti squash.

hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale.

Mississippi Hills CSA vegetables, Jalapeno Jelly and Salsa.

Jalapeno jelly and fresh salsa are featured at Mississippi Hills CSA. Adam Week’s Jalapeno jelly is sweet with a spicy kick and tastes wonderful as a spread with cream cheese. Adam’s salsa is inspired by his grandmother’s recipe and comes in medium and hot. Adam’s fall vegetables include pumpkins, spaghetti squash, kale, salad greens, and flavorful broccoli. Get Adam’s popular broccoli while you can, as next Saturday is likely to be the last of the season.

Other fall produce at Riverwalk includes apples from McBride farm, and tomatoes from Ruf Acres greenhouse.

photos in repurposed window frames from Mae J Creates Studio

photos in repurposed window frames from Mae J Creates Studio

Mae J Creates Studio

Jessica Miller and Erica Miller-Brockton of Mae J Creates Studio are a couple of sisters on a mission to share what they create will be at Riverwalk through the end of October. Jessica and Erica’s work defies category. Jessica photographs flowers and images of Ireland. Erica makes photos of newborns and of artistically arranged metal scrap from her husband’s scrap business. Find these images on greeting cards and in repurposed frames from wood, metal, and windows. Their self-care package, available monthly by subscription, includes home-made laundry soap, bar soap, and body oil, a meditation tip, a photo greeting card, and a small repurposed item. October self-care selections are scented with basil coupled with lemon or grapefruit.

Nick Gaudette

Nick Gaudette

Minnesota Express Musicians and Composers Perform at Riverwalk

Five musicians, one bus, and 10 days traveling across Minnesota bringing new music compositions to five cities across the state. All five Minnesota Express featured musicians are recipients of the Cedar Cultural Center’s 416 Club Commissions program, which is designed to support new music compositions by local emerging artists. Vocalist Aby Wolf, bassist Nick

Nathan Hanson

Nathan Hanson

Gaudette, songwriter Kyle Sobczak, fiddler Sarah Pajunen, and saxophonist Nathan Hanson, all of whom compose music, will travel by bus together from October 9-19, visiting the cities of Austin, Grand Rapids, Duluth, Morris, and Northfield. Riverwalk is delighted to be among their stops.

The Friends of the Northfield Library will host story reading for kids.

Aby Wolf

Aby Wolf

Sara Panjunen

Sara Panjunen