You can go to the grocery store and buy beets that were grown in California, packed on a truck and shipped across the United States.
Or you can buy beets that were raised right here in the area by your neighbors.
Purchasing local is better for your health and better for your budget.
Produce grown in this area is fresher, and every purchase made at a local farmers market or farm stand puts money into the local economy.
You help to sustain the livelihood of North Country neighbors, who will then spend some of that money in the area, boosting sales-tax revenue.
And prices are comparable or better than at chain stores.
It takes slightly more planning to buy produce at a farmers market, since they usually are open just one or two days a week.
But so many communities now host one that you needn’t go far to get the freshest food around.
Among the local farmers markets are:
AuSable Forks: Riverside Park, 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30.
Chateaugay Lake: Hollywood Inn lawn, Route 374, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through Sept. 6.
Elizabethtown: Behind Adirondack History Center Museum, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 10.
Keene: Marcy Airfield, Route 73, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 12.
Keeseville: Riverside Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27.
Lake Placid: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 8.
Plattsburgh: Durkee Street pavilion, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through early September; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 11.
Malone: Malone Airport, Route 11, noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 15.
Paul Smiths: Paul Smith’s College Visitors Interpretive Center, 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 12.
Port Henry: 4623 Main St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27.
Rouses Point: Library across from marina, 144 Lake St., 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 26.
Saranac: Pickets Corners, just off Route 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31.
Saranac Lake: Fusion Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 30; and at Riverside Park, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 11.
Schroon Lake: Town of Schroon parking lot, 15 Leland Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 1.
Ticonderoga: Route 9N, southwest of Liberty Monument, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 11.
Tupper Lake: Wild Center Museum tent, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 18.
Willsboro: Route 22, across from Johnny’s Smokehouse, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 4.
At farmers markets, you can savor the skills of local farmers and experience a lively, friendly social scene. Don’t miss it.