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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
Real cost of low-price meat can’t be found in the food bill
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/3/2010.
By Monica Eng (Chicago Tribune) – If you adjust for inflation and income, Americans have never spent less on food than they have in recent years. And yet many feel we've also never paid such a high price when it comes to factors other than dollars. U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show the average American spent just 9.5 percent of his or her disposable income on food last year, a lower percentage than any country in the world.
Shred your leaves for the garden or the lawn
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/3/2010.
By Tom Atwell – What are you going to do with all of those leaves? Before September was out of its teens, I was already raking up acorns, being afraid that people would slip on them and file a lawsuit. It makes me think the trees are going to produce a lot of leaves this year.
Someone’s in the kitchen with Marjorie
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/3/2010.
By Meredith Goad – For 25 years, Marjorie Standish wrote a food column for this newspaper called "Cooking Down East." Three hundred and fifty of her classic Maine recipes were compiled in book form in 1969, and "Cooking Down East" soon became the state's best-selling cookbook. Over the years, Standish's fans – and they are legion – have bought more than 100,000 copies.
Common Ground Fair this year ‘absolutely intense and enjoyable’
Kennebec Journal - 10/1/2010.
By Dennis Thoet – A farmer goes to the Common Ground Fair… Not that unusual, but our Sunday at the Fair was absolutely intense and enjoyable. First event: The MOFGA 5K Road Race, which starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.
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