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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.

2017 Vendors Meeting Held April 30th

At the vendor’s meeting, we introduced the Board members; we have 3 new ones–Rick Hirsch, Marcy Goss, and Anna Chance.  We introduced Brian Randolph, the new market manager.
We explained that the City of Northfield intends to end its subsidy of the market, so that, over the next three years, we need to either reduce expenses or increase income by about $10,000. So this year we are reducing our print media ads and going to more social media, increasing the number of vendor spots in the market, and increasing the $12/week vendor fee to $13/week. Next year we will continue to adjust our budget. Many people made helpful suggestions.
We answered questions from new vendors, and we handed out this year’s postcards. If you want a supply to hand out for publicity, let me know, and we can arrange to get you some.  We will also have posters to hand out to downtown businesses and tote bags for sale.
If you are interested in being a vendor this year please contact Brian @ manager@riverwalkmarketfair.org or by calling 507-301-8203.  Our first market fair is coming up soon, June 3rd from 9 am to 1 pm!

2017 Applications Now Available…

All of the rules, guides, and applications have been updated, and are located on the “Be A Vendor” tab. We look forward to seeing you as part of the 2017 season!