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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
Old-style apples saving orchards
Kennebec Journal - 9/8/2011.
By Clarke Canfield – Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion. After nearly disappearing from the marketplace, apple varieties that were popular decades or even centuries ago are making a resurgence. The varieties, known as antique or heirloom apples, number in the thousands and carry names such as Sheepnose, American Mother, Lady Sweet and Nickajack.
MOFGA To Focus On Climate Change At Common Ground
MOFGA Announcements - 9/7/2011.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will emphasize the need for political, economic and environmental action on global climate change at its upcoming Common Ground Country Fair in the town of Unity on September 23, 24 & 25.

The beautiful bulb on the menu at MDI Garlic Fest
Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2011.
By Emily Burnham – In his master plan, Frank Pendola envisions someday having a kind of garlic grower’s collective, where cultivators of the fragrant bulb get together to share varieties, recipes and techniques. For now, though, he’s happy to offer up the 13th annual Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival, a daylong celebration of all things delicious and garlic-y. Eighteen vendors will offer up a mouth-watering variety of garlic-flavored everything from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor.
New magnet school welcomes first students
Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Fairfield: Some of Caleb Chadbourne’s earliest memories are of performing chores on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Palmyra, where he has been involved since he was about 3 years old. Chadbourne is clearly comfortable in a farm setting, and with the formation of the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences or MeANS, at the former Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield, the 16-year-old Chadbourne sees a chance to reinvigorate his educational career.
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