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Local Really Is Better

January 29, 2017

Smith Dining Services Does Agritour of Hadley, Massachusetts January 2017 As a bitterly cold but sunny winter day settled on western Massachusetts the first week in January, the dairy barn at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts, was buzzing with the sounds of conversation, laughter and a herd of milking … Read more

Got robots?

January 10, 2017

By Linda Enerson, CommonWealth January 10, 2017 Sixth-generation family farmers Dave and Steve Barstow have stretched the limits of what dairy farmers can do to stay afloat. They opened a store and bakery on their dairy farm at the foot of Mt. Holyoke in Hadley. They generate electricity from composted … Read more

American Biogas Council 2016 Agricultural Project of the Year Awarded to Barstow’s Longview Farm, Vanguard Renewables and Eversource Renewable Energy Partnership

November 2, 2016

Eversource Energy November 2, 2016 The renewable energy strategic partnership between Barstow’s Longview Farm, Vanguard Renewables and Eversource was awarded the 2016 American Biogas Council Agricultural Project of the Year. The Farm Powered anaerobic digester at Barstow’s combines farm waste and recycled food waste to produce more than 7,000 MWh … Read more

How to Thaw

November 1, 2016

All of Barstow’s Farm Raised Beef is frozen in vacuum sealed plastic packaging.  This makes shipping and storing easier for the Barstow family and our staff – but what about for our customers!?  Keeping our beef frozen guarantees you will receive the freshest cut of meat!  Frozen beef also means … Read more

How long can I keep my beef?

November 1, 2016

This is an important question!  As storage time increases, beef quality tends to diminish.  Luckily, Barstow’s Farm Raised Beef is frozen fresh and only thawed when you decide it’s time for dinner! We have a few tips on how long to keep frozen beef and thawed beef too.  This information … Read more

Bulk Ordering Beef

November 1, 2016

For the time being, order forms are only available in store at Barstow’s.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Barstow’s Farm Raised meat comes packaged in vacuum sealed plastic with our Absolutely Local Beef labels. Individual package weights will not be found on the packages.  The order comes in heavy duty … Read more

Barstow Beef Cooking Tips

November 1, 2016

If you’re a pro griller, you already know your stuff.  But if you’re like me, you don’t know the first thing to do with a fresh cut of meat – except maybe call Dad….  Denise here with some info I found around the inter-webs and from the grill masters in … Read more

A New England dairy is banking its future on manure processing through an anaerobic digester

September 30, 2016

Manure Manager September 30, 2016 By Tony Kryzanowski Dairy farms depend on the price of milk, but milk prices can fluctuate wildly. At present, milk prices in the New England area are about half of what they were two years ago. Sometimes, production costs can even exceed revenue. To weather … Read more

Meet the 2016 Massachusetts Dairy Farm of the Year

September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016 By Kiley Putnam Must be the Milk Every year, one farm in each of our New England states wins the prestigious Green Pastures Award. The winning dairy farms are recognized and selected for their production records; herd, pasture, and crop management; environmental practices; contributions to agriculture and … Read more

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