Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:06 am
A girl checks out the options at Rocky Point Creamery in Tuscarora, Md., one of seven farms on the state's ice cream trail.
Credit Ebony Bailey / NPR
Some enterprising dairy farmers in rural Maryland have found a new source of income — opening ice cream shops on their farms. This summer, seven of them have come together to form Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail, the nation's first farm-based ice cream trail. And the results so far seem pretty sweet.
Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:52 am
By Ted Burnham
Microbrewery Boulder Beer uses Mobile Canning's equipment to pack its brews.
Credit GSL Photo / Mobile Canning
Beer snobs and craft brewers alike have rediscovered beer cans in recent years, defying the old stereotype that quality beer comes only in bottles, or that cans are just for mass market stuff. But for the smallest microbreweries, the question wasn't "can or bottle," it was whether they could afford the equipment and storage space to package their beer at all. Many could not.
Check out some of the world's most important - and threatened - aquifers. <a href="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2012/08/08/aquifers_archive.jpg">Click to see a high-resolution version of this map.</a>
This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It's a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.