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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
Common Ground Country Fair to celebrate rural living this weekend
Bangor Daily News - 9/20/2013.
By Abigail Curtis - Unity: It’s the biggest birthday party in town, and you can be sure the cake is 100 percent organic. Tens of thousands of folks will descend on Unity this weekend for the 35th annual Common Ground Country Fair. The event is held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners’ Association, which also is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the group is marking both dates with a special focus on Maine agriculture.
Planning Your Day at the 2013 MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - Planning your day at the Maine Organic Farmer and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine September 20, 21, and 22, 2013. The gates open at 9:00 a.m. each day. Vendors are open until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices: Free for children 12 and under, $10 general admission, $8 elders, and free for MOFGA members (you can buy memberships at the fair).
Common Ground 2013: Friday at the fairground, day one
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 9/20/2013.
It’s that time of year again ... The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Country Fair. Penobscot Bay Pilot contributor Wes Sterrs wandered around the fairground Friday, Sept. 20, to snap some pictures of the first day’s events and attractions. There are two more days left. With beautiful weather on tap, get out and enjoy it!
How to bring farmers markets to the urban poor
The Washington Post - 9/20/2013.
By Michael Lipsky - Last month, I spent a day selling for the first time at another market in Takoma Park, Md. – the Crossroads Farmers Market. Though Crossroads is just two miles from the Sunday market, the customers couldn’t be more different. Crossroads is in the poorest of Takoma Park’s four neighborhoods and also serves Langley Park and other low-income areas nearby.
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