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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
Tracking the localvores
Bangor Daily News - 5/8/2012.
By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt. (AP): A committed “locavore,” Robin McDermott once struggled to stock her kitchen with food grown within 100 miles of her Vermont home. She once drove 70 miles to buy beans and ordered a bulk shipment of oats from the neighboring Canadian province of Quebec. Six years later, she doesn’t need to travel far, even for locally made sunflower oil.
Will this Farm Bill do enough for young farmers?
Grist - 5/7/2012.
By Lindsey Lusher Shute – By the time the next Farm Bill expires in five years, 125,000 American farmers will have retired. This fact may well be the biggest threat to national food security, but you wouldn’t know it if you’ve been following this year’s Farm Bill hearings.
Got goats’ milk? Northern Maine farm has it, and cheese too
Bangor Daily News - 5/7/2012.
By Julia Bayly – Connor Township: Candy Shrewsberry is the first person to admit that for a long time she was no fan of goat’s milk. But the former Wisconsin dairy farmer has had a change of palate and today is gaining converts to fresh goat’s milk, thanks to the products of her Talk of the Town Farm.
Fire destroys Gouldsboro barn, kills animals inside
Bangor Daily News - 5/7/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Gouldsboro: An early morning fire Monday destroyed the old wooden barn that was the centerpiece of the Darthia Farm on West Bay Road in Gouldsboro, killing the assortment of horses, sheep, pigs, calves and young ducklings and chickens inside.
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