‘Back to normal’: Bethel Park Farmers’ Market returns on Tuesdays

Now it’s more like what everyone wants to see.

After something of a first-week mulligan thanks to Mother Nature, the Bethel Park Recreational Farmers’ Market had a proper opening in the sunny conditions that organizers hope to see in abundance on a Tuesday afternoon this season.

“We are back to normal here at the market,” Lindsey Sibert said between greetings from visitors. “We have a ton of returning vendors and a lot of new vendors. And so far so good. Everyone is really excited and really happy to see us again. We have had a lot of positive feedback from customers. »

Sibert is this year’s market coordinator, overseeing an event that has operated the past two summers through a variety of covid-related limitations. The sky, too, seemed to dump an inordinate amount of precipitation as market day rolled around, leading to at least total cancellation, even if the market is usually rain or shine.

“We’re hoping to bring it back to the full experience, where people can sit down, have a place to eat, listen to music, things like that,” Sibert said. “We sent out a weekly newsletter to let everyone know who will be here and what kind of food they can expect.”

Those with certain dietary preferences or requirements can expect plant-based and gluten-free offerings from some of the vendors.

“We get a lot of customer feedback, and we’ve had questions,” said Cathy Muscato. “And I’ve had salespeople approach me. So it was a perfect scenario. We didn’t really have to beat the bushes for them.

Muscato retired from her position as assistant director of recreation at Bethel Park just days before the market opened on May 3. But she continues to support what she helped build as one of the top seasonal destinations for people looking to support local entrepreneurs, including, of course, farmers.

“It’s nice to be able to talk to people about what you’re buying, and they can really guide you to things that you might not have tried otherwise,” she said, and she knows it by experience. “A few years ago I started buying vegetables that I don’t normally buy, and they taught me to use kohlrabi or radishes.”

Held Tuesday through September 4-7 at the Corrigan parking lot and 100 Acres drives in South Park, the Bethel Park Market has approximately 50 vendors appearing weekly, biweekly, or once a month. Other attractions include musical performances and periodic crafts for children.

During the 2022 season, Boy Scout Troop 510’s Owen Chaffin will be in the market working on his Eagle service project, collecting items and money on behalf of the Pittsburgh Prison Book Project, which provides reading materials and funds for the release of incarcerated persons throughout Pennsylvania. .

For more information on the Bethel Park Recreation Farmers’ Market, visit www.bethelparkfarmersmarket.com.

Harry Funk is a news editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Harry at [email protected]

James V. Payne