Gratitude Journal: Pasture Day 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 grass stains from playing/rolling on the hill.

This year, Pasture Day looked a lot different.

We did our first ever Facebook Live event and had Barstow’s fans join us virtually. The date and release time were not made public until this morning to prevent gathering. In the age of COVID19, much has had to change.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the light and warmth in our terrific community. It was a joy to connect virtually with Pasture Day lovers, Barstow’s customers, and new-found friends on this platform. You can see the entire recording of Pasture Day here:

Video is not my thing – but comments of encouragement were much appreciated! Now that the girls are out, come and meet them while practicing smart social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands after touching farm animals, and being quiet and respectful around the heifers

Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery is open during this health emergency for drive thru service only, daily until 4pm. Customers can pick up breakfast, lunch, baked goods, grocery items, prepared foods, and local, in season produce like Hadley asparagus at the drive up window and are encouraged to call orders ahead for fast, convenient pick up.

Pasture day serves as a great reminder of what dairy farms do for our community. We host fun events, maintain open space, connect people with their heritage, and produce a healthy, nutritious, affordable food for our region.

Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at America’s food banks. Feeding America – the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization – and America’s dairy community, have delivered more than 33 million servings of fresh milk to children and families who need it most.

We invite you to please join us in our continued efforts to get milk to nearby kids and families who need it most by donating to the Give a Gallon fundraiser. Donations are sent as vouchers for milk to your nearest food bank based on your zip code.

Thank you for your support and for tuning in for Pasture Day!

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