Switchback Wood Fired Pizza is a fixture at the Easton Farmers' Market with its brick oven trailer. I had always wondered what goes into making something like that, which brings doughy, cheesy joy to so many. Co-owner Andrew Foreman explained:
"We got this trailer custom made for us by a gentleman out in Colorado. The oven itself is a pre-fab made out in California and when he gets an order, he contracts with his local trailer manufacturer to get the trailer custom made for him and he puts the oven on top."
"What got you started in pizza making?"
"I started working at a local pizza shop in high school and then I got into baking breads for the past ten years. But the real crux for us to do the wood fired oven, me and my wife Marguerite, is when we went to Italy for six weeks a couple of years ago and we did WWOOFing--Willing Workers On Organic Farms program--and one of the farms we stayed at had a wood oven and they baked breads for the local farmers' market. And every time you baked breads, the oven gets too hot to start once you fire it up, and so usually pizzas are made for lunch. So every time she'd be making breads, lunch would be pizzas and after lunch you'd put the breads in because it would be the right temperature. That was our main start."
"What's the coolest thing that you think can go on a pizza?"
"Me personally? I haven't found it yet. Every time we think of something that can go on a pizza, it's fantastic. Today we have a homemade sausage and I flambéed some local apples with some bourbon, and we threw that on there with some Gorgonzola bleu cheese. We've made cream sauces with pumpkin and had that on pizza. We've made pestos with kale or with beet greens. Especially working here at the Farmers' Market, you just find something you want and everything seems to go great on a pizza."
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