Kids will be tromping through the snow Wednesday looking to boost their candy intake.
For harried parents, Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop has a tradition of helping out on Halloween. It's the one time a year that the bakery ovens are turned into pizza ovens.
Fire Island is producing five varieties of pizza. Pizzas are available from 4 to 8 p.m. and there will be free goodies for trick-or-treaters.
The pizzas include: Kid's Cheese with roasted tomato marinara sauce topped with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese ($10); Four Cheese with roasted tomato marinara sauce and a medley of mozzarella, Parmesan, Gruyere and gouda cheeses and topped with fresh basil ($10); Italian Sausage, which includes a roasted tomato marinara sauce sprinkled with fresh spinach, shredded gouda cheese and Italian sausage ($12); Roasted Veggie, which is brushed with pesto and topped with roasted mushrooms, zucchini and sweet red pepper and topped with Gruyere cheese ($12); and Pear, Proscuitto and Arugula, which includes wine-poached pears with roquefort creme fraiche, prosciutto and fresh arugula ($15).
Get there early to get your pizza. For more information, visit www.fireislandbread.com or call 569-0001.
Market keeps rolling
Sure, it's cold outside and the farmers' fields are put to bed, but there is plenty of produce and other items available at the Center Market at The Mall at Sears. And the market is indoors, so the chilly weather doesn't matter.
"The indoor market season continues to be well attended, chicken and duck eggs are popular for the excellent freshness and enjoyment of an egg less than a week old -- there is a big difference," said Duane Clark. "The duck eggs are just right for folks with allergies to chicken eggs."
There will be several vendors, including Clark's Country Health Foods, A.D. Farm, Rempel Family Farm, Stockwell Farm, the Persistent Farmer and Northern Lights Mushrooms.
Clark says he will have lamb chops, grass-fed beef cuts, local free-range chicken and duck, and Alaska raw honey. He will be taking orders for ¼- and ½- beef packages.
"Local free-range chicken and duck are fantastic because they lack the antibiotics that are so abundant in much of what passes for natural chicken," Clark said.
A.D. Farm's products include locally raised pork products, four colors of carrots, beets, parsnips, cabbage, Brussels sports and potatoes.
The Persistent Farmer will have tomatoes and 3-pound bagged potatoes, along with Matanuska Creamery products including cheese curds, cheddar and jack cheeses, ice cream and better.
"Matanuska Creamery has made some holiday ice cream flavors -- black licorice and pumpkin pie," said Rob Wells. "I will also bring in a few gallons of cream for those who want to make butter or other treats."
The Rempel Family Farm's produce available Wednesday includes carrots, three varieties of beets, collard greens, kale, Snow Apple turnips, daikon radish, green cabbage, baby blue hubbard squash, stripetti squash, spaghetti squash, sugar pumpkins and 12 kinds of potatoes.
The market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday inside The Mall at Sears.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. If you have a suggestion for a future Market Fresh column, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.