Special Events

Vendor Meeting Recap

We held our 2018 Vendor Meeting on 2/11/18 and here is a brief recap of what was discussed:

Kathy Zeman – Riverwalk Board Member Emeritus who has great ties to the MN food safety laws spoke to us all about upcoming rule changes seminars, and certifications needed for certain food vendors.

– Cottage Food – Eggs don’t need to be certified in order to be sold, but they can and/or should be.

– Produce Farmers – There are FSMA Training classes coming up soon in March and April around the state.  The cost is $25/person and each produce vendor should really try and make these seminars.  The closest seminar is on April 6 in Rochester and Kathy will be emailing me more information on getting signed up for these classes.

– In the future (no clear decision on when) produce farmers will need to strive to be really good at labeling their products, there is a concentration from the state to effectively label where every piece of produce sold comes from for health reasons.

– ANY vendor sampling food must have a hand washing station!  If you are found to be sampling food with out a station you will be asked to pack up your tent and leave.

– As always it’s your responsibility to read through all of the state laws as far as selling food and making sure that everything is kept up to par.

– There is a MN Cottage Food producers group on Facebook and it can be used as a good asset for questions and recipes.

After Kathy there were some general questions from other artist vendors, brainstorming on how the board and past vendors can make the market better, and many other ideas.

This is a short summary of what was talked about at the meeting.  As always if you have any questions or comments for Brian the Market Manager you can reach me by email at manager@riverwalkmarketfair.org or 507-301-8203 or if you have feedback for the board of Riverwalk Market Fair you can contact them at board@riverwalkmarketfair.org

 Thanks  for a Great 2017 Season!

Thanks to so many including our Market Manager Brian Randolph, set-up guys Trever and Reed, our Board of Directors, and our founding visionaries.

Thanks to the musicians who entertain us, and who help to create the energy and atmosphere that is Riverwalk Market Fair.

Thank you to our vendors who work so hard every day, all year, to create, grow, and make the wholesome, beautiful, useful, wholesome products which enrich our bodies and mind.

Thanks to the City of Northfield, to Northfield’s downtown business community, to the Northfield Police, non-profit organizations, and residents of Northfield, who have helped to build, support, and sustain our market over the past eight years.

And thank you, most of all, to everyone who attends, buys, travels to, enjoys, and helps by your presence to create Riverwalk Market Fair.

Our Market exists for you and because of you.  Thank you all for making it happen!

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.