Happy Employee Appreciation Day!

Today we celebrate our amazing staff at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery!

We rely on our team at Barstow’s to open and close our family business each day, to serve our customers daily with a smile, to create and serve quality food, and to be ambassadors for our family business and dairy farm.

We would like to highlight our current staff who are helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary in the restaurant biz!

Anna

Started at Barstow’s – Spring 2013.  Anna works in the front-of-house.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – I like that we are a family!
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Burger Fest!
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The baked potato with broccoli, butter, and cheese.
What do you want to be when you grow up? – I’d like to be a child advocate.  Anna is a senior at Umass Amherst studying psychology and education.

David

Started at Barstow’s – Summer 2010.  David is one of our front-of-house Supervisors and has been with Barstow’s the longest!
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – The scenery, this is just about the most beautiful place in the world!
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – I like the early fall when students come back to the area, it’s fun.  And the foliage on the mountain is awesome.
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The peanut butter bars.
What do you want to be when you grow up? – A machinist.  David has his Associates in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Holyoke Community College.

Jean

Started at Barstow’s – Fall 2013 as a Baker.  Jean is now one of our front-of-house Supervisors.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – I like being a part of a business that offers something more to the community then just a place to eat.  We really care here. It really matters.
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Burger Fest, of course.
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – Toss up between the pierogi and the chili!
What do you want to be when you grow up? – Alive and well and happy!

Kiernan

Started at Barstow’s – Winter 2015 as one of our dish washers.  She now picks up shifts in the front-of-house!
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – That the coworkers don’t feel like coworkers, they feel like family – even if Barstow isn’t your last name!
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Burger Fest and the summer time!
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The Cinnamon Swirls!
What do you want to be when you grow up? – A lawyer.  Kiernan is currently Junior at Hopkins Academy.

Kim

Started at Barstow’s – Spring 2017 as one of our bakers.  Kim has an Associates in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales, a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from UMass, and is currently working on her MBA at Western New England University.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – Torturing Jean mostly…  But also the family dynamic of the business.
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Spring time!
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The Chicken Salad!
What do you want to be when you grow up? – Still working on that one!  But definitely something in food and hospitality.

Ken

Started at Barstow’s – Fall 2013 as our dish washer.  Ken previously worked for 40 years at F. Howard Quirk Inc. in Hoyloke.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – Everything! All the people who work here.  It’s like being a part of a big family working at Barstow’s.  I also like talking with customers – I see lots of people from my church and town.
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Burger Fest
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The burgers whenever there’s a Burger Night or Burger Fest.
What do you want to be when you grow up? – Younger!

Olivia

Started at Barstow’s – Spring 2017 as a dish washer.  She now picks up shifts in the front-of-house!
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – The work environment.  Everyone is really easy to work with!
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – The Grilled Wrap.
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – Summer time!
What do you want to be when you grow up? – I want to work in a Children’s Hospital.  Olivia is currently a Junior at Hopkins Academy and aims to attend college for a degree in physical therapy.

Ryan

Started at Barstow’s – Winter 2013.  Ryan works in the front-of-house.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – Working with good people.
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Burger Fest.
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The Shermanator.
What do you want to be when you grow up? – A cinematographer.  Ryan has his degree in Electronic Media from Holyoke Community College.

Denise Barstow

Started at Barstow’s – Denise started working at Barstow’s when she was 16 years old!  She’s been back on and off at Barstow’s through college, but returned to the family business for good in 2017.  Denise is the Marketing and Education Manager.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – I love working with my family.  I’m doing work that directly impacts my community, my ecosystem, my heritage.  And I’m contributing the stability of my family’s 200 year old business.
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Spring on the farm is the best!  The cow’s come out for Pasture Day and the Mount Holyoke Range is glowing green.  It’s wonderful!
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – I heart the Chickpea Artichoke Salad!  Also any and all of Shannon’s cheesecake!
What do you want to be when you grow up? – I’d like to be an advocate for dairy farmers and for local businesses.  I dream of running a camp or institute that teaches about agriculture, health, and land use.  Denise has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire.

Kelly Barstow

Started at Barstow’s – Kelly started just a few months before the doors at Barstow’s opened on June 30, 2008…. her birthday! Kelly is a Store Manager at Barstow’s.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – Working with fun and motivated staff!
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Pasture Day!  I love seeing those ladies kick up their heels!
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The burgers either at Burger Night, Burger Fest, or at home on the grill!
What do you want to be when you grow up? – I never want to grow up!  I want to be Peter Pan!  Kelly has a degree in Liberal Arts and one in Science from Holyoke Community College.

Shannon Barstow

Started at Barstow’s – Shannon’s been here since the very beginning, planning and opening Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery when she was only 24 years old!  Shannon is a Store Manager and our Head Baker.
What is something you like about working at Barstow’s? – The store is my dream!
What is your favorite event or time of year at Barstow’s? – Thanksgiving!
What is your favorite food at Barstow’s? – The chicken salad.
What do you want to be when you grow up? – Shannon already is living the dream, doing exactly what she wants to do!

We couldn’t do it without you guys!  We are lucky to have you on our team!

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