Beets, or “beetroot”, are plants with edible greens and taproot in the Amaranthaceae family. They are part of the species Beta vulgaris, along with swiss chard and sugar beets. Beets are one of the few vegetables that are locally grown and available year-round in the Adirondack region. Read more about beets on the Adirondack Almanack here.
(Photo: Beet harvest at Juniper Hill Farm, Wadhams, NY by Ben Stechschulte)
It can be hard to understand all of the similar and complicated food labels that allude to how something was grown or raised. It is helpful to know what different labels and certifications mean to help you make informed choices about how your food made it onto your plate. We compiled a collection of common definitions of terms used to describe how food is grown and processed.