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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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Free blueberry picking at Beech Hill this weekend
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 8/3/2013.
Rockport: Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to participate in the 11th annual free blueberry pick at Beech Hill Preserve on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Land Trust will open a portion of the 20-acre organic blueberry farm as a thank you to the community that supports and enjoys the Preserve. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome and orient people to areas open for picking.
Stage Set for Next Battle Over GMO Corn in France
Common Dreams - 8/2/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - France's top administrative court overturned on Thursday a government ban on the cultivation of a genetically modified (GMO) corn made by American biotech giant Monsanto. France's Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, pushed back against the court's ruling on Thursday, saying the Counsel of State is "not the decider" of who can and cannot ban GMOs, and said the "government line would be the same: we are not in favor of GMOs."
A sweet tooth leads to a sweet deal for midcoast chocolate entrepreneur
Bangor Daily News - 8/2/2013.
By Emily Burnham - Kate McAleer’s Belfast-based candy company - Bixby & Co. - had a rather unorthodox beginning. It started, in theory, on a golf course. Fast forward five years, and McAleer is in the sweet business of crafting artisan, organic chocolate bars, made with pure, GMO-free chocolate, all natural spices, nuts and fruits and no added sugar.
Tom’s Of Maine Taps Potatoes For Packaging
Environmental Leader - 8/2/2013.
Tom’s of Maine is exploring ways to use waste potatoes - produced locally in Maine - as packaging for its products. The company is working with researchers at the University of Maine and the Sustainable BioPlastics Council of Maine to develop polylactic acid (PLA) packaging with potatoes that can not be sold for consumption.
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