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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
‘Weed Dating’ aims to sow seeds of rural romance at Common Ground Fair
Bangor Daily News - 9/18/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: Ah, farming. The romance of the fields; the beauty of the land. But sometimes it can be lonely at the (garden) plot. That’s why young orchardist Eliza Greenman of Mercer is organizing a special, free event at this weekend’s 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair: “Weed Dating.”
Farm Bill benefits Big Ag, not small family farms
Kennebec Journal - 9/18/2012.
Letter by Richard Rudolph and Nicole Karatzas – The biggest item on Congress' to-do list is how to deal with the farm bill before it expires at the end of September. The farm bill sets our nation's agricultural and food policy, including food assistance and rural development programs, but it also lavishes billions of taxpayer dollars on large, profitable agribusinesses.
Farmers pressure Congress on Farm Bill
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2012.
Editorial – Washington: Farmers from Maine and other New England states were making the rounds on Capitol Hill last week as part of a last-minute campaign to pressure Congress to complete work on a new five-year Farm Bill before the current one expires at the end of the month.
Common Ground fair mapped out online
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2012.
By Rachel Ohm – Waterville: Working as a cartographer for National Geographic has given Ross Donihue, 23, an appreciation for maps as a storytelling tool. The Waterville native's travels have brought him from the coffee plantations and canopies of Costa Rica back to his hometown to design an interactive online map for this year's Common Ground Country Fair, which opens Friday in Unity.
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