Thursday will be a busy day for many children, families and those who like to dress up a bit oddly.
The folks at Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop on the corner of 14th Avenue and G Street are ready to help with their annual Halloween Pizza Party.
"Halloween has become an opportunity for us to give back to the wonderful families and friends in the neighborhood who make our bakery such a community gathering place," says co-owner Janis Fleischman. "We will have costumed employees enthusiastically giving away candy to 'Trick or Treaters' and complimentary coffee to their weary chaperones outside of our shop. Inside the bakery, visitors are welcome to buy hot gourmet pizza, warm up, use bathrooms and see the wonderful costumes!"
The once-a-year pizza party is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The 11-inch pizzas include: Kids' Cheese ($10) with fresh mozzarella and Parmesan with a fresh house made marinara sauce; Four Cheese ($10) with fresh mozzarella, gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan and a fresh house made marinara sauce; Local Alaskan Sausage ($12) with local Alaskan sausage, fresh spinach and Gouda; Roasted Vegetable and Pesto ($12) with portobello mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, Gouda, Gruyere and a fresh house-made pesto sauce; and Alaska Mushroom ($15) an assortment of hedgehog and chanterelle mushrooms with roasted fennel in a garlic white sauce topped with fontina.
The pizzas are all made with 100 percent organic flour, sourdough starters, and fresh and quality toppings available.
"We take special orders up to half of what we can produce each hour," Fleischman says. "So there are plenty of pizzas for walk-in customers. Our last three pizza parties have been mobbed at 4 p.m., then slow down with plenty of pizza available for special order or walk-in after 6 p.m. Come enjoy the fun!"
Check out www.fireislandbread.com for more information.
'Spooky' Ocean Boogie in Homer
Join the Alaska Marine Conservation Council at Alice's in Homer on Friday for a Halloween party that benefits healthy fisheries and thriving coastal communities.
The Homer "Spooky" Ocean Boogie starts at 7 p.m. and features a seafood chowder dinner; holiday-inspired ocean storytelling; a costume contest with prizes, including a $150 cash grand prize for the best ocean-themed costume; music by Burnt Down House and the Super Saturated Sugar Strings; and a $10,000 cash raffle (350 tickets sold at $100 each).
Tickets are $25 for entry before 8:30 p.m., which includes dinner, and $20 after 8:30 p.m.
Stop by Wednesday or Saturday for some items from Anchorage's longest-running year-round market at The Mall at Sears.
"We are staying quite busy around here," says Alex Davis of A.D. Farm. "We are trying to get everything buttoned up before winter sets in and before we leave on our first ever family vacation. Today is the day to wean the piglets, Thursday is the day to breed the sows, and there is all the little stuff to do, like wash and grade veggies for our two markets."
It is a farmer's life. Chat with Davis on Wednesday or Saturday and see his offerings, which include: cabbage, Brussels sprouts, blue potatoes, French fingerling potatoes, German butterball potatoes, peanut potatoes, three varieties of beets, four colors of carrots and parsnips. They will also have barley flour, whole barley, barley cereal, fresh duck and chicken eggs, pork chops, steak, fresh side, ground pork, Italian sausage, spicy sausage, breakfast sausage patties, fat and hocks.
Rempel Family Farm will also be at Wednesday's market with 11 kinds of potatoes, sugar pumpkins, jumbo pink banana squash, acorn squash, red kuri squash, stripetti, spaghetti squash, red, golden and chioggia beets, green cabbage, parsnips, collards, daikon radish and kale.
"We often get asked for rutabagas and we now have the Macomber turnip which is in reality a very good, sweet, tender rutabaga," says Mark Rempel. "They are very good instead of or with potatoes."
Market hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
South Anchorage Winter Market
A couple of vendors are taking the market off in preparation for holiday shows, but there will still be plenty to see Saturdays at the Dimond Center.
"Last Saturday was a fantastic day, it seems like I spent the whole day hugging and saying hello to our regular customers from the summer market," says Arthur Keyes of Glacier Valley Farm. "This week, our lineup is shrinking a bit due to the coming holiday fairs happening around town, but not to worry Three Bears Farm and Earthworks Farm will be returning in a few weeks once they fulfill their prior commitments."
This week look for: Arctic Choice Seafoods; Mat-Valley Meats, with ground beef, buffalo and elk steaks as well as a huge assortment of locally made sausages; Stockwell Family Farm with carrots, potatoes, pie pumpkins, turnips, rutabagas and other options; Glacier Valley Farm with broccoli, potatoes, carrots, turnips, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, pumpkins; and Alaska Sprouts.
The market is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Steve Edwards lives and writes in Anchorage. Contact him at email@example.com.