Recommendations for a traditional style "farm" font

I'm putting together some signage for a farmer friend, and he really wants a conventional "farmstand" aesthetic. He showed me an old sign from his barn (attached) that he really likes, and wants something along the same lines. I realize many traditional farm signage was hand lettered, but I really am looking to purchase a font in this case, mostly for the sake of time. Anyone know of a good source? My first instinct was Letterhead Fonts, but nothing there really did the trick for me.

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Thingie's picture

ARGHHH...sorry. Didn't mean to post to General Discussion. Yes, I read the rules, just selected the wrong thing.

JamesM's picture

You haven't reposted this to another section yet, so I'll go ahead and put my answer here.

If this is for a small farm stand (eggs, vegetables, etc sold by a family member in front of a farm), I think a hand lettered sign would be far more appropriate than a slick, professional sign. In fact when I was a design student in college, my professor used a farmstand sign as an example of a situation where a crude, hand-lettered sign on a piece of cardboard or plywood was entirely appropriate, and communicated the proper message.

As for the screen shot, that might be appropriate for a company selling farm equipment, but not for a farmer's child selling eggs by the driveway. If you want to use a font, I'd suggest looking for one that looks handwritten but is easy to read and perhaps has a bit of style, as if the farmer's artistic wife made it.

(But if this is a bigger setup, like a building or large professional stand that's more like a retail store, then that's a different situation.)

tmac's picture

It just so happens that Klim Type has released Domaine today. It has similar sharp bracketed serifs as shown in your posting.

Here it is in narrow:

Alternatively, there's Turnip. It smells like a farm animal, and I don't think I'm getting that from the name alone:

Best of luck!

Nick Shinn's picture

My Beaufort® also has some of the qualities shown.

However, I would agree with James’ assessment, and suggest Baker Signet™ as having a classic formality, but with a more hand-made appearance.

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