Barstow’s Blog

Art in Hockanum

August 26, 2017

Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery hosts a Featured Artist on our walls to give us new and lovely perspectives on the beautiful Pioneer Valley we call home. But art has been part of this area’s history. The spectacular views of the Connecticut River valley from Mount Holyoke, the mountain located … Read more

Maple Valley Creamery

July 12, 2017

On a hot summer afternoon, what could be better than a family trip out for ice cream?  Here at Barstow’s, we are very proud to serve up a local, premium scoop of homemade ice cream.  But it isn’t made at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery.  We’ve got our hands full … Read more

New England Farm Energy Collaborative Summer Gathering

July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 By Megan Denardo and Renee Stearns, Program Specialists Center for EcoTechnology The anaerobic digestor at Barstow’s Longview Farm in South Hadley turns farm waste like manure into energy the farm can use. On June 27th, members of New England Farm Energy Collaborative (NEFEC) met for their annual … Read more

The Fresh Pastries at Thirsty Mind

July 7, 2017

Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar in South Hadley is a supporter of coffee, books, live music, and local businesses – like ours! Whether you’re enjoying it with a cup of coffee or with homework, the pastries that you select at Thirsty Mind are freshly baked at Barstow’s Dairy Store … Read more

Old Country Road

June 16, 2017

Old Country Road brings together five musicians who grew-up with traditional or vintage country music as a part of their lives. Old Country Road has become a staple at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery events! You can often catch them at Burger Fest, on Burger Nights, Pasture Day, and other … Read more

Real Pickles Products

June 10, 2017

Real Pickles® is a small, worker-owned co-operative producing pickled products that are raw, vinegar-free, 100% organic, and rich in probiotics. Their products are made using the traditional natural fermentation process that has been used for centuries all over the world.  In support of a regional food system, they buy all … Read more

Local Traditions are Made in the Kitchen: Hadley’s Asparagus Supper

May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017 Story by Mary Reilly, Photography by Elaine Papa Edible pioneer valley Hadley grass is responsible for one of my springtime traditions: nearly getting rear-ended as I see a farm stand and brake for the first bunch of the season. A more longstanding local asparagus-based tradition is the … Read more

Hockanum Flood Sign

May 25, 2017

Hockanum Village is in a 100-year flood-plain. While this contributes to fertile soil, it also means this area has gone through some very extreme flooding.  During heavy, extensive rain and during rapid snow melt in the north, the Connecticut River floods and the fields and sometimes even roads are inundated. … Read more

Taking the Longview: Anaerobic Digester Keeps MA Dairy Cost-Effective

April 28, 2017

Emily Gaylord   April 28, 2017 Recycling Works In the face of a changing dairy market, Barstow’s Longview Dairy Farm in Hadley, MA capitalized on another product from their cows: manure. Manure Manager reports that Vanguard Renewables invested in the construction of an anaerobic digester that allows the farm to repurpose … Read more

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