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Increasing numbers of Valley residents are shying away from big-box supermarkets teeming with over-processed foods and associates with couldn’t-care-less attitudes. In their place, a variety of smaller, more community-focused groceries are growing in popularity. Some (like Mother Earth’s Storehouse in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and Saugerties) are already well established. Here are a few spots you might not yet know about, and reasons why you should.

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palisades marketPhotograph by Ken Gabrielson

The family-run Palisades Market aims to bring back that nostalgic, corner store feel. It’s a grocery where people can shop for fresh, healthy food; but it’s also a community gathering place.

Keeping it local: Housed in a history-rich building which was home to a gas station in the 1930s, the business sells produce from area farms, fresh-baked breads, the much-loved Jane’s Ice Cream from Kingston, and coffees, to name a few items. There’s even a chef on the premises for homemade treats.

Chat and chew: Owner Dianne Walsh Fuhrmann says she has always enjoyed having healthy food and conversation together, and wanted to create a place where people could shop, sit, eat, and gather. The market also supports community-based fund-raisers; offers indoor and outdoor seating; and even hosts open mic nights.

Palisades Market. 243 Rte. 9W, Palisades. 845-359-3911

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otto's market

After working for Whole Foods for 17 years, Otto’s Market owner Otto Leuschel was looking for a change of pace; he found his calling in Columbia County and opened this community staple in 2008.

Best of both worlds: A variety of brand-name items can be found here, but also a wide selection of locally sourced milk, coffee, meats, cheeses, and more. Deli goods and catering are available.

Cool history: Between 1927 and the 1940s, the building was a market owned by Tracy Osborn Rockefeller. On its opening day as Otto’s Market, Rockefeller’s daughter, Edna Rockefeller Salpaugh, paid a visit to the place from which she once delivered groceries.

From marketplace to cyberspace: The shop’s Web site includes a pick-of-the-week listing, recipes, and a section for kids.

Otto’s Market. 215 Main St., Germantown. 518-537-7200

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beacon natural market

Although Beacon Natural Market is only celebrating its fifth year, owners Kitty and L.T. Sherpa have been in the health food business for 21 years.

Best known for: Beacon Natural carries foods from around the region, including breads, dairy products, eggs, and grass-fed beef, but they are also well-known for their wide variety of vitamins, herbs, and natural medicines. A nutritionist on staff can help shoppers choose the best options.

Top-sellers: Organic olive oil, eggs from Cold Spring’s Glynwood farms, and all-natural chicken.

Neighborhood-friendly: Indoor seating is available in an inviting atmosphere.

Beacon Natural Market. 348 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-1288

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Emmanuel’s Marketplace, a family-run business owned by Emmanuel Gerondaras, is now in its 13th year of selling some of the freshest local, organic foods.

What to expect: They sell mostly produce, but there is also a great deli section and a variety of tasty baked goods.

Community connection: The market’s fruits and veggies come from different farms, including the popular Minard Farms in Clintondale — well-known for its delicious apple cider.

What makes it unique: Although it’s an in-and-out kind of place, this market gets kudos for its clean environment, fresh food, support of local businesses, and helpful staff.

Emmanuel’s Marketplace. 3853 Main St., Stone Ridge. 845-687-2214

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