Gratitude Journal: Open Farm Sunday

On a chilly October Sunday, we hitched up the tour wagon, placed out some bakery samples alongside the Cabot cheese, and unlocked the gates, while tunes of vintage country bluegrass carried on the breeze.

On October 6th, the Barstow family, and 22 other farm families, celebrated Open Farm Sunday in honor of Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s Centennial Anniversary!

Cabot consists of 800 family farms in New England and New York. The Co-op farmer-owners work hard, every day, to raise the milk that Cabot turns into award winning cheese and dairy products. Cabot is a B-Corporation, winning awards in sustainability and product quality while employing local people in our communities.

But Cabot knows their product begins with their member farms.

Open Farm Sunday is an opportunity for Cabot to showcase their family farms to the world, and for family farms to showcase their business to their community. The Barstow family was overwhelmed with gratitude at this event. While we saw many familiar faces, we also had an incredible number of new farm visitors. We were joined by the Agawam Daisy Troop, the Hadley/Sunderland Cub Scouts, a club from Mount Holoyke College, and families and individuals from all over Western Massachusetts.

Amidst this dairy downturn, we are grateful to be a part of a Cooperative, and a community, that has our back. We would certainly not be here without your support. It was a great joy to share our farm with you on Open Farm Sunday.

We hope to see you again soon at your neighborhood dairy farm!

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