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Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC, in Brunswick. Royal Rose produces MOFGA certified organic simple syrups in various flavors, including cardamom-clove, lavender-lemon, raspberry, rose, tamarind and three chile. They sell through mail order, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops, supermarkets and distributors. Royal Rose Three Chiles Syrup was among 146 products chosen from 1,462 entrants to win a national 2015 Good Food Award for leading the way toward a tasty, authentic and responsible food system (winners shown here). "We believe that using the best-quality, whole ingredients in our syrups makes the difference between an ordinary drink and a superior cocktail or soda," say Emily and Forrest. Follow Royal Rose Syrups at royalrosesyrups.com and on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
As spring draws near, winter farmer's market to close
Foster’s Daily Democrat - 2/28/2014.
By Crystal A. Weyers – Berwick, Maine: With spring officially beginning March 20, the end is drawing near for the Winter Farmer's Market. This was the first time the town held a winter farmer's market and manager Jessica Sheldon has been pleased with the response.
Maine Delegation Questions WIC Program Potato Ban
Maine Public Broadcasting - 2/28/2014.
Members of Maine's congressional delegation say they're disappointed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue to ban fresh white potatoes from the so-called WIC program, a federal nutrition initiative for women and children.
A Sweet Business
Bangor Metro - 2/28/2014.
By Craig Idlebrook – One of the most successful maple syrup businesses in Aroostook County owes its origins to a nearly forgotten maple farm. Back in 1934, Bridgewater resident Ellie Sharp began tapping maple trees and constructed a maple sap evaporator, but his syruping operation petered out when he died a few years later. His evaporating equipment was left in the forest, and his maple farm was relegated to family lore.
Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy
National Public Radio - 2/28/2014.
By Dan Charles – Non-GMO labels are diverting some consumers away from organic.
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