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’Tis the season for farmers markets

June is a big month for local farmers markets. Most markets are either opening for the season or moving outdoors again.

One might think that because this region has a short peak growing season, there might not be much to buy at local farmers markets right now. That’s simply not true. There’s plenty of produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, breads, flowers and other locally made goods to buy in June.

We’ve said it before: Eating food grown and made locally isn’t just the most environmentally-friendly and most delicious choice, it’s the right thing to do when you have enough resources to do it. Buying local can be expensive, and sometimes less convenient, but we would argue that it’s necessary — without putting our money behind local farmers, who are our neighbors and who genuinely care about growing good food for us, these businesses won’t survive. We need small farms as much as they need us.

Now is a great time to stop by your local farmers market. Here’s a few options around the region, hours courtesy of Adirondack Harvest:

– High Peaks (Saranac Lake) Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at Riverside Park. (Open May 18 to Oct. 12.)

– Keene Valley Farmers Market — 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at Marcy Field, 12942 state Route 73. (Open May 26 to Oct. 13.)

– High Peaks (Lake Placid) Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays outside of Green Goddess, 2051 Saranac Ave. (Open June 12 to Sept. 25.)

– Long Lake Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays at the Mt. Sabattis Lower Parking Lot on South Hill Road. (Open June 27 to Aug. 29.)

– Tupper Lake Farmers Market — 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays at 320 Park St. (Open June 21 to Oct. 18.)

– Wilmington Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at 5753 state Route 86.

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