I hate to admit it, but I am not impressed by most farmer's markets. Particularly in NYC where an overwhelming number of them seem to have poor oversight of their vendors. Local is nice and all that, but it's certainly not by first priority and living near a major agricultural state (New Jersey), some of the local produce is pretty much what you can get at the grocery store. If you quiz most "farmers" are the farmer's market you will find most are paid vendors, not farmers, and most don't know jack about their production processes.
So honestly, I don't bother going to the market much. Not to mention how is someone who works a normal job supposed to shop on a weekday morning and carry their eggs on the subway to work and then back home at the end of the day?
An exception I'll go out of my way for is the New Amsterdam Market, a market curated for quality rather than location. I certainly don't buy staples here, but for treats and condiments it's fantastic.
One of the newest vendors is King's County Jerky. I hosted a meetup at their kitchen in Brooklyn recently and it was super cool. They are completely transparent about their sources of meat too, which is completely local and grassfed. I can definitely endorse their tasty product.
My other favorite is Nuts + Nuts, a fair trade cashew company. Their nuts are sourced by small quality farmers and roasted with coconut oil and other traditional ingredients. I wasn't a big fan of cashews until I had these. They are definitely richer. I wonder if it's because they are more fresh?
I won't be posting much in the next week or replying to email because I am working on some important projects :(