- Dines Farms [✜]
Dines Farms was a fixture at the Greenpoint farmers' market for years, even in the dead of winter when only three or four vendors would show up. They disappeared without explanation late last year, but now the Times tells us why: it turns out Mr. Dines was selling other people's meat. This violates one of the most basic of Greenmarket commandments, so Dines was suspended from the Greenmarket program (Dines sold at 9 of the city's 45 Greenmarkets). Too bad, as Dines' replacement has a much narrower selection, and, anecdotally, seems to be a lot more expensive (and Dines was not cheap). Plus, the Dines guy at the Greenpoint market was a mensch.