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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
Maine obesity rate doubles over decade
Bangor Daily News - 8/5/2010.
Bangor: Mainers gained weight along with the nation, as its self-reported obesity rate rose from 15-20 percent in 2000 to nearly 30 percent as of 2009, according to a report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine states now have obesity rates of 30 percent or greater, compared with no states in 2000 and three in 2005.
Farmers’ markets growing like weeds around the country
Grist - 8/4/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that there are now 6,132 farmers markets in the country, up 16 percent from last year and a stunning 214 percent increase since 2000.
Natural foodie: A few events worth noting on the August calendar
Portland Press Herald - 8/4/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – With August here, it can be tough to find time between barbecues, family reunions, garden weeding and endless house guests to take advantage of our state's fabulous food happenings. Most nights, just getting dinner on the table becomes a triumph of multitasking. But if you can squeeze a few extra hours out of your busy schedule, here are a handful of events you're sure to enjoy.
Blueberry pie
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Nearly all of us surely have at least one blueberry pie recipe that we like to use so perhaps another is as welcome as one more car on Route 1 through Ellsworth. This recipe is a variation on one I found in the “Joy of Cooking” that we like a great deal at our house. I added a few ideas from my favorite blueberry crisp recipe, and of course, for a difference you could put a crisp topping on your pie instead of a pastry crust.
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