Union Square Farmers Market suggestions
Lani's Farm - Japanese\Korean Cucumbers, Shiso, Shishito
Hot Bread Kitchen - Wed only for Tortillas, Moroccan Flatbread
Hudson Valley Duck Farm
Rick's Picks - smokra
Milk Thistle - amazing chocolate milk
Tremblay Apiaries - great honey
Hudson Valley Duck Farm - Mondays, smoked duck, duck procuitto
195 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
I usually walk through the whole market to see if there are any new vendors or items. I usually find good things. I also started following Greenmarket on Twitter and I've gotten lots of good tips.
My favorite for meat is Grazin Angus (Fridays) and I second the Ronnybrook rec for dairy. Lots of farmers have had good corn lately as well as wonderful fruit. Enjoy!
That second link has a LOT of recommendations and is still relevant. Yuno's Farm is no more since they got divorced. Now it's Lani's Farm and Bodhitree Farm (who had shisito peppers last week!).
Most of my money goes to Honey Hollow, Ronnybrook, Andrew's Local Honey, Windfall Farms, Berried Treasures, Mountain Sweet Berry, Terhune, Lani's/Bodhitree Farm, Eckerton Hill, and Keith's, but I don't often buy poultry/meat/eggs or flowers or baked goods.
Greenmarket at Union Square also has a Twitter:
Dedicated Union Square Greenmarket page:
Listing of Farmers:
Lucy, a staunch Greenmarket supporter, is a resident nearby and often reports on what's fresh:
Serious Eats also does a regular Greenmarket report with photos.
My favorite day to go is usually Wednesday -- nice mix of variety without the Saturday crowds. Fridays are good too. Mondays it's MUCH smaller but I believe Eckerton is there on Mondays and his stuff is super popular, so he'll sell out more quickly on other days. Not all the vendors are there year-round so sometimes you gotta support your favorites when you can. Oh, and on Saturdays, I try to go before 10am, otherwise it is WAY too crowded especially with kids, strollers, tourists, slow walkers, etc.
Earlier is better. A lot of stuff gets held for chefs, and regular consumers get what's leftover -- first come, first served. This holds true especially for items which are JUST in season, because there's limited quantities. For example, sour cherries were hard to come by a few weeks ago. Right now melons are just back into the market. I think it's still kind of early for peaches and tomatoes. There's green house ones and early ones that aren't that great.
The quality of produce can vary greatly dependent upon the weather. Sometimes farmers won't bring an item in or run out early -- talk to them and ask when they might have more.
Bring lots of cash. Small bills are always good. Bring your own bag and make sure it's sturdy. Read Lucy's Greenmarket Report religiously.
Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003