Barstow’s Blog

Dairy Month Dairy Crawl 2020

May 28, 2020

June is Dairy Month! A time to celebrate local dairy: milk, cheese, ice cream and more! ‘Celebrating’, however, looks a bit different in the age of COVID-19. With incredibly low milk prices, lost markets with the closure of restaurants, schools, and institutions, and the added stress of social distancing, new … Read more

Dairy Month Lecture Series 2020

May 27, 2020

June is Dairy Month!  A great time to learn more about how dairy impacts our economy, planet, diet, land use, and how dairy farming connects us with heritage in the Pioneer Valley. This annual series, usually involving farm tours and experts in the field of dairy, will take a different … Read more

Valley Bounty: Amid challenges, Barstow’s farm still taking the long view

May 24, 2020

By NOAH BAUSTIN For the Gazette Published: 5/23/2020 Pasture Day is Denise Barstow’s favorite time on the farm. The event is an annual celebration of spring at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley. In a normal year, hundreds of people gather on the farm to watch the heifers celebrate their first … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Thank you to the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation!

May 18, 2020

In line with our commitment to producing the highest quality milk, Barstow’s Longview Farm recently received a generous Local Farmer Award from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation to purchase the Lely MQC-C2. The Lely MQC-C2 is an add-on piece of equipment to a Lely Robot Milker. The equipment tests milk … Read more

Remote Name the Calf Contest – “I” Calves

May 16, 2020

The Name the Calf Contest is a beloved staple of visiting Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery. However, with the COVID-19 situation, Barstow’s is operating as a drive-thru service only farmstand. In-store amenities like the name the calf contest is temporarily unavailable. But our new girls need names! There are about … Read more

Name the Calf Contest Winners “H”

May 15, 2020

Here at Barstow’s Longview Farm everybody has a personality so everybody has a name. Calves born around the same time have names that begin with the same letter. These calves were born in the last half of April. Congratulations to our Name the Calf Contest winners! Harriet by Carolyn Cave … Read more

Who let the cows out? Pandemic doesn’t stop dairy farm’s Pasture Day event

May 13, 2020

By SCOTT MERZBACH Daily Hampshire Gazette  Published: 5/12/2020 HADLEY — Taking tentative and seemingly nervous steps, six heifers had a new experience awaiting them Tuesday morning as they jumped from a trailer into the pasture where they will be spending the next few months. Only moments after their hooves hit … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Pasture Day 2020

May 12, 2020

Pasture Day is personally my favorite event of the year. It marks the start of spring and is a true community event in my neighborhood. Usually Pasture Day is the first Saturday in May. Visitors enjoy frolicking cows, live music, farm tours, loads of ice cream, and maybe a few … Read more

Three Eaglets!

May 5, 2020

Big news! The nesting bald eagles in the meadow have not one, not two, but THREE eaglets in the nest! We are so happy for the proud parents! *A quick reminder that the meadow is private property* A recent bird count in the meadow also accounted for the species listed … Read more

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