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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
Culture celebrated at Micmac farmers market
Bangor Daily News - 7/23/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Presque Isle: It was a day of cultural and natural celebration at the Micmac farmers market Saturday aimed at encouraging natives and non-natives alike to get back to their roots. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs invited the public to their farmers market on Route 1 near the Caribou and Presque Isle town line for all day basket-making demonstrations, seasonal cooking demonstrations, stories and guided tours of the band’s gardens.
Strong support shown for store selling food from local farms
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Going forward... (I love that phrase. It's so much more expressive than "going backward," or "going nowhere"). It looks like local food is "going forward" as the wave of the future in my local area. A new survey in the Gardiner area shows that 97 percent of respondents would support a local store that provided food from local farms and suppliers.
Consumers prefer organic food, survey says
Huffington Post - 7/22/2011.
A new Thomson Reuters poll [pdf] found that the majority (58%) of consumers prefer organic food to conventional food. This preference is particularly strong with those with a higher education, and those of a younger demographic. Sixty-three perfect of respondents under age 35 choose organics when possible.
Garlic plant diseases hit Maine farms
Sun Journal - 7/21/2011.
By Betty Jespersen – Farminton: Two destructive diseases that can decimate a garlic crop and are spread through infected seeds, or cloves, has reached Maine, according to agricultural experts with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The stem-bloat nematode has been confirmed on one farm and allium white rot appeared last year and has now spread to three farms.
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