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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
Ogunquit ‘best chef’ nominees hope seventh selection brings just desserts
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Meredith Goad – Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, the chef/owners of Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, were nominated Monday for the "Best Chef: Northeast" award from the James Beard Foundation. It's the chefs' seventh nomination, but they have never won. They were the only Maine chefs to be nominated for the honor this year, although there were three other semifinalists from the state. The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious in the restaurant industry and are often compared to the Academy Awards.
Sugarshack owners who used vacuums faring better
Kennebec Journal - 3/24/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Whitefield: Mark Fenderson tore down his sugar shack early this year.With help from some friends, he cleaned and packed up his sugarhouse on Hilton Road this past weekend after making syrup for only seven days. "It was a pretty short season," Fenderson said. That isn't the case for all sugarhouses around the state. Many will open their doors to the public Sunday for the annual Maine Maple Sunday promotion.
Organic farmers push for pesticide notification
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Maine farmers are divided over a legislative proposal to change a new system for notifying residents of pesticide spraying near their homes. The pesticide notification law, passed unanimously last year in the Senate and the House, created a statewide registry so residents who live within a quarter-mile of any farm or other spraying site can sign up to be notified before spraying is done.
Greenville chef creates quality ‘eclectic American fare’
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Abby Freethy, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and a Greenville Junction resident, was faced with a quandary regarding ketchup. While she was pregnant with her son, Dustin, she longed for the salty-sweet sauce – but she couldn’t abide the corn syrup and large amounts of sodium in most commercial brands.
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