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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
Dairy farmers urge state to keep program
Kennebec Journal - 2/19/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – AUGUSTA – Albion dairy farmer Henry Perkins told lawmakers Wednesday that farmers need the state to continue a stabilization program to help the industry. "On the organic side, we have taken a tremendous beating in the last 15 months," he said. "I don't think there is anybody making a profit. All I can do is grit my teeth and wait for something to happen."
Portland rescinds chicken ban – but it’s hens only, no roosters
Portland Press Herald - 2/19/2009.
By Tom Bell – PORTLAND — The City Council is giving residents of Maine's largest city the right to raise chickens. The council voted 7-1 Wednesday to remove its long-standing ban on chickens and allow people to keep up to six hens within city limits. Roosters, though, would not be allowed.
First Lady At Agriculture Department
The New York Times - 2/19/2009.
The first lady, Michelle Obama, continued her rounds of government agency visits today to say thank you to the employees and to get to know the District of Columbia better. This time, Mrs. Obama brought a gift.

Before cheering throng of Agriculture Department employees, including 18 long-time employees who were singled out for their service, Mrs. Obama presented a seedling from the Jackson magnolia, which has been growing on the west side of the south portico of the White House for 180 years.
Several Maine chefs among Beard nominees
Portland Press Herald - 2/18/2009.
Dispatches by Meredith Goad – Some of Maine's best chefs and restaurants have been named semi-finalists for the James Beard Awards, the foodie version of the Oscars.
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