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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
Mild winter could lead to huge honeybee die-off come fall
Kennebec Journal - 4/30/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Beekeepers need to be especially careful this year. A mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when beekeepers were caught off guard from an explosion of mite populations that killed off many honeybee colonies, according to a state expert.
‘We have no food policy’
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/29/2012.
By Doug Harlow – Farmington: Maine not only needs to produce more local food, the state also needs to establish a food system that processes, packages and ships the food, says Professor Mark Lapping, executive director of the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine.
A fresh approach to the fiddlehead
Kennebec Journal - 4/29/2012.
By David F. Robinson – Wilton: An army of fiddlehead pickers has spread across central Maine early each morning for the past few weeks. They scour streams and riverbanks and fill onion sacks with the tiny curlicue ferns, named for their resemblance to a fiddle's head.
She vows to protect a farm and its way of life
Kennebec Journal - 4/28/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Mary Perry wants to ensure that the 1870 farm she has been living on for 11 years with her three children remains farmland forever. So Perry is attempting to protect Winterberry Farm with the help of the Maine Farmland Trust through its new Forever Farm Program, which promotes agricultural easements to prevent subdivision and non-farm development.
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