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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
Safety of wild mushrooms put off as law gets moldy
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/15/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Last April, Maine lawmakers passed a wild mushroom foraging law in an effort to rein in the unregulated practice and keep poisonous mushrooms off the market. Eight months later, the law still has not been implemented.
Under Many Aliases, Mislabeled Foods Find Their Way to Dinner Tables
The New York Times - 12/15/2012.
By Kim Severson – The menu offered fried catfish. But Freddie Washington, a pastor in Tuscaloosa, Ala., who sometimes eats out five nights a week and was raised on Gulf Coast seafood, was served tilapia.
Rain gardens capture water before it becomes urban runoff
Los Angeles Times - 12/15/2012.
By Ann M. Simmons – The shallow depressions are surrounded by dirt berms and planted with climate-appropriate flowering plants. More than 185 of the gardens have been installed in northeast San Fernando Valley yards.
January garden tasks for Maine gardeners
Examiner.com - 12/15/2012.
By Nannette Richford – As a gardener, I love January. Its that delightful time of year when the hustle and bustle of the holidays has passed and I get to sit down with the latest seed catalogs and dream of flower gardens overflowing with lush, green foliage and bright flowers.
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