USPS releases farmers market stamps
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe at a ceremony today to launch the release of new Farmers Markets Limited-Edition Forever stamps.< p>
The release of the stamps, which depict a table covered with products found at a typical farmer's market, coincides with USDA's 15th annual National Farmers Market Week, from Aug. 3 through Aug. 9.
“Farmers markets don't just help small and medium farmers…it's a community-building activity,” Vilsack said at the ceremony that took place near the White House at FRESHFARM Markets.
He noted that USDA has made a “concerted effort” to include the use of food nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for farmers market purchases.
According to USDA, there are 8,144 farmers markets listed in USDA's National Farmers Market Directory, which is a 3.6 percent increase from 2012.
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