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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
Small farmers crave horse power
Grist - 12/6/2011.
By Ariana Reguzzoni – Ask any 5-year-old: Few tools symbolize the farm like a trundling tractor. In fact, you'd have to reach further back in time to find an equally enduring symbol: the horse. And while there's little doubt that tractors have revolutionized farm labor and made farms much more efficient than they were in past centuries, a growing number of farmers are taking the back-to-the-land ethos as far as it will go and choosing horses and mules over John Deere.
Sow seeds, not greed: farmers gather on Wall Street
Grist - 12/6/2011.
By Kerry Trueman – This past Sunday, a group of farmers from around the country marched to Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan accompanied by their allies: food justice activists, community gardeners, and other advocates for a more equitable, ecologically sound, re-localized food system.
Occupy your food supply
Alternet - 12/6/2011.
By Anna Lekas Miller – “I have a confession to make,” said Jim Gerritsen, an organic seed farmer from northern Maine, “This is my first time in New York City. I had no good reason to come until today.” Jim Gerritsen was one of several farmers, farm laborers, and food activists that came from across the country to the Farmer’s March this past Sunday.
Indoor markets keep local food handy all year
Portland Press Herald - 12/6/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Demand for year-round access to Maine food has translated into a growing number of winter farmers markets. In southern Maine, two new winter markets opened this season in South Portland and Saco, bringing the number of them in the state to more than 20.
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