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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
Saco farm provides a trip back in time
Portland Press Herald - 1/3/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Roland Fogg has always liked to gaze over the fields of his family's Fogg Farm in Saco and reflect on how little has changed over the last 200 years. David Johnson knows those moments, noting that his cousin has often ended up saying, "I thank you, Rufus."
We’ve lost nearly all our wild foods. What happened? And what are we missing?
Alternet - 1/2/2012.
By Jill Richardson – Once upon a time, wild foods were a regular and beloved part of the American diet. Today, the American epicure might dine on foraged mushrooms and ramps, but for many of us, fish are the last wild food we eat.
Maine land conserved at a strong pace in 2011
Kennebec Journal - 1/2/2012.
By Beth Quimby – Clayton Haskell needed land to expand his beef operation at Pleasant River Farm in Windham to supply meat to Saint Joseph's College in Standish. So when 217 acres of the Clark family farm a mile away became available at the bargain basement price of $200,000 through the Maine Farmland Trust last year, he snapped it up.
No easy answers to New England cod crisis
Kennebec Journal - 1/1/2012.
AP – Boston: In an industry where agreement comes slowly, the sudden prospect of huge fishing cuts to protect New England's codfish inspired a quick consensus: Scores of fishermen will be ruined if those cuts are passed.
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