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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
First day of weekly (Portland) farmers’ market
Portland Press Herald - 4/2/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Today marked the official start of the weekly farmers' market in Monument Square. Dan from Sumner Valley Farm and Mike from Uncle's Farm Stand were there as the vanguard of the 30+ farmers who will fill the square by the time summer rolls around. Look for these guys (and hopefully others) next Wednesday from about 8:30 am until about 1:30 pm. Once the weather improves, the official market hours of 7 am-2 pm kick in.
Get toxic chemicals out of products used by children
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2009.
Guest Column by Heather vanFrankenhuyzen and Cathy Anderson – As small retailers, we’re anxious to see an end to the stress and uncertainty over dangerous chemicals being used in the products we sell – especially in products designed for children. These chemicals lead to costly disease and take a tremendous toll on our families, our pocketbooks, and our health system.
State probes animal cruelty claims at Turner egg farm
Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
By Kathryn Skelton – State agriculture officials in white containment suits and masks spent Wednesday going in and out of buildings at the former DeCoster Egg Farm, searching for evidence of animal cruelty.
Excerpts from diary of undercover employee
Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Mercy for Animals has declined to identify the person who worked undercover at Quality Egg of New England, but has made available excerpts from the worker's diary. Using photographs, video and audio recordings, the undercover worker documented 83 instances of alleged cruelty, including farm workers allegedly ignoring sick and injured birds and improper disposal of dying hens. Workers' names have been replaced by "XXXX".
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