Thursday, August 7, 2014

stamps: farmers markets

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Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, flower, and other fresh products invitingly displayed on tables or bins-farmers markets invite us to share America's agricultural bounty.

Four se-tenant stamps depict a table laden with typical farmers-market fare. The stamp on the far left has among its products various fresh breads such as baguettes and rolls, cinnamon buns, cookies, artisan cheeses, and both brown and white eggs. The produce on the second stamp includes vegetables and fruits: apples, eggplants, watermelons, peppers, grapes, potatoes, broccoli, and gourds. Cut flowers adorn the next stamp, with bouquets of bright flowers next to a bucket of sunflowers and a collection of celosia. The final stamp on the far right features live plants, with various herbs, tomatoes, and flowers like marigolds and nasturiums. Most items bear handwritten labels that identify the product and its price.

Farmers markets are an old idea that's new again. Markets were once the main way Americans shopped.

Farmers markets flourish in every U.S. state and territory.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with illustrations by Robin Moline.

The Farmers Markets stamps will be issued as Forever® stamps.

You can read more about the Farmers Markets stamp here.

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