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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
Potato industry expecting crop losses of 25 to 30 percent
Bangor Daily News - 2/14/2012.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Last fall, Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, summed up the entire growing season as “challenging.” He is applying the same words to the months since, as Aroostook County growers deal with crop losses of 25 to 30 percent due to excessive weather and three tornadoes that went through the area early last June.
Tests find BPA in baby food in Maine; group launches effort to further curb
Bangor Daily News - 2/14/2012.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: A coalition of Maine health and environmental groups is preparing to launch the next campaign against bisphenol-A, or BPA, on the heels of tests that found the controversial chemical additive in 11 of 12 samples of baby food in the state.
Monterey County says no to methyl iodide
Grist - 2/14/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – Last month, I wrote about the very real possibility that Monterey County — one of the biggest farm counties in California — would pass a resolution to ban the fumigant methyl iodide. Well, on Tuesday morning, Valentine’s Day, the Moneterey County Board of Supervisors did just that. They’ll join Santa Cruz County (another big ag county) in urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to re-examine the registration and approval of this known carcinogen on farms.
Bangor may see return of a farmers market
Bangor Daily News - 2/13/2012.
By Andrew Neff – Bangor: A joint effort by the Bangor city staff and local farmers to regrow a farmers market in Bangor has taken root, and proponents think – with official City Council approval – it will blossom in June.
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