Ew, but it’s dirty!

You can find local Hadley grown butternut squash covered in local Hadley soil on our porch.  But what’s with the dirt?  Squash won’t last as long once they are washed, so we figured to offer the freshest produce, we’d keep it in its, err, natural state!  Eat the season, eat local, support your local landscape!

The Cat’s Cradle

The Cat’s Cradle Country Shoppe is a combination of country/farmhouse decor, re-purposed furniture and new items created in their workshops. You can find unique pieces and handmade signs keeping up with the seasons at Barstow’s.  Just down the road, the Cat’s Cradle are longtime neighbors and friends of the Barstow’s, sharing roots in Hockanum for … Read more

Dairy farm round table

September 2017 by Laura Rodley, Country Folks Three dairy farmers, District Representative John Scibak and Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) representatives Katelyn Parsons and Brad Mitchell, gathered at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA late September to discuss dairy farming. The farmers were Denise Barstow of Barstow’s Longview Farm, Hatfield’s Daryl Williams of Luther Belden … Read more

Valley dairy farmers air innovations, challenges with state officials

Written by David Mclellan, Daily Hampshire Gazette September 28, 2017 HADLEY — Pick up a gallon of milk at a New England grocery store, and its contents are pretty much guaranteed to be locally made. Whether the label advertises a big company’s name or a family-owned farm, the dairy farmer who has provided that milk … Read more

Legislators get tour of area farms

By Richie Davis, Recorder Staff Thursday, September 28, 2017 With two reporters and two state legislators in tow, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation organized a “down on the farm” tour to touch on some of the key agricultural issues like locally grown hops for the region’s craft beers, pollinator health and the health of local … Read more

Farmers get help planting cover crops with a helicopter

22 News WWLP By Tashanea Whitlow Published: September 1, 2017 HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Technology in the 21st Century is taking farming to a new level; or, at least, a new altitude. Instead of spreading “cover crop” seeds by hand or tractor, Barstow Farm in Hadley is using a helicopter to plant winter grass and … Read more

Art in Hockanum

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 just behind Barstow’s Longview Farm, … Read more

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