Say you spot some savory ears of corn and decide to buy a couple of dozen.

Then you notice other types of produce that would go great with dinner. And right around the corner is a vendor offering the enticement of desserts.

All of a sudden, you have a bunch of bags and a bit of a dilemma as far as getting everything back to your vehicle.

If you’re a guest of the Bethel Park Recreation Farmers Market, don’t fret. A volunteer is ready to help lend a hand.

“We don’t have a great name for it yet, other than ‘wagon service,’” said Cathy Muscato, Bethel Park Recreation assistant director, following the assistance effort’s launch June 15.

Whatever it ends up being called, it’s in response to comments by customers.

“They don’t have to worry about strategizing their shopping based on what they can carry,” Muscato said. “We can help them with that part of it.”

The market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the parking lot off Corrigan Drive near the South Park skating rink, and June 22, two additional “wagon service” volunteers will be available.

“As we’re getting people used to the idea, the volunteers will probably be out scoping the customers to see if there’s anybody they can offer the services to,” Muscato said.

And if all goes well, volunteers eventually could be available to accompany guests from vendor to vendor, helping them make purchases to their hearts’ content.

Market organizers also ran with another suggestion from customers, with three handicap parking spots designated near the entrance each week.

Starting this month, live entertainment has returned to the market, and Muscato has heard positive comments from guests.

“They all say the same thing: It lends such a really nice atmosphere,” she reported. “The farmers’ market, itself, is a wonderful event, but when you add those little extra flavors to it, like the entertainment, it takes it up such a notch.”

Taking it up a notch as far as spreading the word about the market is BPTV, the municipal cable channel. A recent “Around Town” episode features host Andy Amrhein speakers with market coordinator Miranda Wayne and several vendors for a seasonal introduction, and he subsequently has been focusing on individual vendors.

“In addition to bringing great products, they’re incredibly interesting people with interesting stories,” Muscato said.

The market, sponsored by the Bethel Park Community Foundation, is scheduled to run through Sept. 28. For more information, visit

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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