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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
Flower show nourishes the winter-weary
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2009.
By Tom Atwell – An event like the Portland Flower Show, which closed a five-day run last Sunday, serves a lot of purposes. I enjoyed an early screening last Sunday of filmmaker Brett Plymale's "Hudson: A Chemical Reaction."
Is a Food Revolution Now in Season?
The New York Times - 3/21/2009.
By Andrew Martin – As tens of thousands of people recently strolled among booths of the nation’s largest organic and natural foods show here, munching on fair-trade chocolate and sipping organic wine, a few dozen pioneers of the industry sneaked off to an out-of-the-way conference room.
Farmers wary of requiring animal IDs
Kennebec Journal - 3/21/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Maine farmers are keeping an eye on Washington these days as Congress is reviving efforts for a mandatory national animal identification system.
Fragrant sweet peas are garden’s gift
Bangor Daily News - 3/21/2009.
By Reeser Manley – In the beginning, nearly a decade ago, sweet peas came as summer gifts from Marjorie’s garden, small vases of nodding, slender-stemmed flowers, bouquets of red, pink, purple and white. I would set them in a sunny window of the room where I worked and enjoy the smell of orange blossoms and honey for days.
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