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Fall Fruits and Vegetables, Musician Matt Arthur, Handcrafted Leather Goods, and Alpaca Yarn at Saturday’s Riverwalk Market Fair
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:38am
Fall fruits and vegetables, alpaca yarn and rovings, local favorite country-rocking folk & blues musician Matt Arthur, and handcrafted leather goods are just some of what you’ll find at Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday, October 12.
Seasonal Produce From Local Farmers, Artisan Foods, Art and Fine Craft
Fall produce is abundant at Riverwalk. Fall harvest lettuce, and spinach are on hand. Expect to find kale, carrots, onions, potatoes, eggplant, hot peppers, bell peppers, cabbage, melons, pie pumpkins, and winter squash. Zestar, State Fair, and Honey Crisp apples are currently available, with Haralsons available depending on the weather. All produce at Riverwalk is grown by local farmers. Artisan foods include a variety of fresh-baked breads, pastries, tarts and quiches from Ruthie’s Kitchen, Martha’s Eats and Treats, Crack of Dawn Artisan Breads, and Rebecca’s Greek Kouzina. Maria’s Taco Hut serves freshly made and wholesome Mexican food.
Watercolors, photographs, handcrafted leather goods, ceramics, glass art, hand crafted accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine crafts for sale. (For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.)
Kelly Asada of KD Asada Studio, Handcrafted Leather Goods
Kelly Asada has been very busy since he started selling handcrafted leather goods this year at Riverwalk Market Fair. Customers have been bringing him product ideas, like the cell phone sleeve he now carries. Kelly’s best sellers are belts and a money clip with a center spring clip that hold bills neatly in place. The clip is small and fits in a front pocket. Other favorites are Kelly’s leather java cuff for hot coffee and custom dog collars. http://hstrial-kdasada.homestead.com
Fossum Family Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Yarn
The Fossum family knows livestock. Before they turned to raising alpacas, Kevin raised dairy and beef cattle, pigs, and sheep. They began raising alpacas in 2003 and in no time they went from being a cattle farm to “the alpaca lifestyle.”
Vicki and Kevin are active in all aspects of the alpaca business -- animal sales (both breeding and fiber animals), boarding, breeding, and fiber. Alpaca fiber is warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, and contains no lanolin. At Riverwalk Vicki sells a wide variety of naturally colored alpaca rovings and yarn, as well richly colored small batch, hand-dyed yarn. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Alpaca-Farm-Store/168763398865
Rootsy Rocking Folk Blues Musician Matt Arthur
Matt Arthur is a fiercely contrarian Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind Johnny Cash, John Darnielle, and Nick Cave. Fresh off an August tour of the Western US with his band mates The Bratlanders, Matt will perform solo at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday.
Heavy on My Mind, Matt’s latest album with the Bratlanders, is awash in vintage Hammond organ, and the lean core of the band is fleshed out with pedal steel, barrelhouse piano, cello, violin, harmonium, and haunting harmony vocals. Come hear Matt performing covers and original songs from his album in his own distinctive solo style at Riverwalk this Saturday. http://bratlanders.wordpress.com
About Riverwalk Market Fair
Riverwalk Market Fair is a Saturday open-air market located on Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield. This one-of-a-kind European-style market is open Saturdays from June through October. Each Saturday features a different combination of organic and sustainably grown produce from local farmers, artisan foods, seasonal flowers and a juried selection of the region’s top art and fine crafts including ceramics, art works, prints, photography, glasswork, textiles, wearable art, garden sculpture and hand-crafted jewelry. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine. For more information, visit Riverwalk Market Fair at www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org.