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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
A billion bees ‘from away’ are essential to Maine’s wild blueberry crop
Bangor Daily News - 5/19/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Deblois: The blueberry barrens of Down East Maine are literally buzzing this weekend with anticipation of a bumper crop of wild bush blueberries, given the recent importation of 1 billion honeybees trucked in from away to help ensure a hefty harvest.
Global warming makes syrup taste gross
Grist - 5/18/2012.
By Jess Zimmerman – The mild winter played hell with maple syrup production, and a lot of what was produced is only good for off-the-table uses like flavoring chewing tobacco. U.S. production dropped from 30 million pounds of syrup to 18 million pounds of yucky goo.
Chemicals in environment ‘damaging male fertility’
BBC News - 5/18/2012.
New evidence has emerged that suggests chemicals routinely found in the environment could be damaging fertility in some men. Researchers tested sheep that had been exposed to chemicals such as cosmetics, detergents and pollutants. They found "abnormalities that could result in low sperm counts in 42% of the animals".
Extend your garden with potted annuals and vegetables
Bangor Daily News - 5/16/2012.
By Reeser Manley – Space is at a premium in Marjorie’s garden, particularly for sun-loving annuals and vegetables. Over the years many of the vegetable garden’s beds have been turned over to cultivation of raspberries, strawberries, grapes and highbush blueberries. Small fruits are Marjorie’s passion. When all of the sunny beds are filled with plants or plans, we plant to containers.
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