Date of Issue : 7 August 2014
The U.S. Postal Service issued a beautiful set of stamps in se-tenant strip form featuring the bounty of America’s farmers markets . The stamps are so colorful and designed so nicely that depicting every item clear and dominant.
A throwback to the past, before the advent of packaged goods, supermarket chains and importing of produce from around the word, farmers markets support small farms, boost local economies and offer shoppers the opportunity to interact directly with the people who produce their food. In addition they bring together shoppers with vendors where they socialize, catch up on community news, and exchange ideas and opinions.
The four se-tenant stamps depict a table laden with typical farmers-market fare. The artist chose and arranged the products so that each stamp has a large focal point and each stamp is complete in itself, yet forms a cohesive whole with the entire stamp strip. Most items bear handwritten labels that identify the product and its price.