@ Reading Terminal: On-site cheese making

Grid’s illustrious neighbor, the Reading Terminal Market, has some exciting new occupants. The New Jersey-based Valley Shepherd Creamery, due to open in November, will truck in milk three times a week, allowing customers to witness their cheese-making process firsthand.

Already open are the Tubby Olive, which sells olive oils and vinegars on tap, and the Head Nut, a coffee roaster from the Main Line that also offers bulk goods, including dry beans, nuts and candy, so bring your refillable containers!

For more information, visit readingterminalmarket.org

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Chelsea Green Publishing; $21.95

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by Amanda Little
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Feature: A Bike with Petals

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by Char Vandermeer

It was easy to pick Grace Wicks, sole proprietor of Graceful Gardens, out of the horde of stern-faced suits bustling by the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City. She was the one wearing a great big grin and carrying a giant green gardening bag.
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by Claire Connelly

Philadelphia continues to receive national recognition for its progressive green initiatives. We’ve been ranked one of the 10 greenest cities in the nation and are making strides towards the top of that list. One notable facet of this citywide greening process is the growing number of green roofs sprouting up on both public and private buildings.
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Preparing dried beans in three easy steps
by Ed Coffin

Dried beans are low in fat, high in protein and fiber, and incredibly inexpensive. What keeps most of us from enjoying them is the time and preparation required to make them edible. Fortunately, the process can be simplified into three easy steps that will have you eating beans in no time!
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Two organizations ready to rid you of your Commodore 64
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Let’s be honest. Did you purchase a Gateway 2000 back in 1991 because you simply couldn’t resist those Holstein cow spots on the packaging? And now where is it? If you’re like many Americans, it’s probably waiting for a better home in a corner of your basement with your old Zenith console TV and the world’s oldest laptop computer. According to the EPA’s most recent statistics of computers, monitors, peripherals and televisions sold between 1980 and 2007, approximately 235 million units have been accumulated in storage, and that number doesn’t even take into account old audio equipment and cellular devices.

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Profile: For the Birds

The Audubon Society's Keith Russell tracks migrating birds felled by windows
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