East meets west: State officials get first-hand account of the struggles Valley farmers face

By AIDAN POOLE For the Gazette September 19, 2021 HADLEY — State lawmakers toured four farms in Hampshire and Franklin counties on Friday to better understand the challenges facing farming communities in western Massachusetts. The tour included stops at Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst and Reed Farm in Sunderland, as well as Barstow’s Dairy Store … Read more

Massachusetts lawmakers tour Pioneer Valley farms as agriculture bill awaits hearings

MassLive By Jim Kinney | jkinney@repub.com September 17, 2021 HADLEY — Denise Barstow, a seventh-generation farmer, enlivened a tour Friday for state lawmakers, their staff, and advocates for the network of farms and retailers that make up the local food system by answering a question children typically ask. “What does a cow say?” Barstow, the … Read more

Eat Local Month: Barstow’s Beef

August… …the last month to cram in those summer activities you haven’t gotten to yet; a picnic lunch at the J.A. Skinner State Park Summit House, husking corn for the heifers at Barstow’s before dinner, ice cream on the porch, farm fresh burgers and steaks on the grill…. Barstow’s beef is raised here on our … Read more

Connecting Point: Barstow’s Longview Farm Carries on 215-Year Dairy Farming Tradition

Connecting Point NEPM July 9, 2021 New England is home to over 1,000 dairy farms, and you can find them throughout the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, and southern Vermont.   National Dairy Month, a campaign that happens every June, was initially created in 1937 to promote drinking milk and has now developed into an annual tradition that … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Dairy Month

Happy Dairy Month! (and Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈) If you know anything about dairy, you already know that dairy farmers celebrate dairy 24/7/365 – farming isn’t just a profession, it’s a lifestyle! Dairy is always on our mind, and for this beautiful month, we hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on this amazing food … Read more

Dairy Month Dairy Crawl 2021

June is Dairy Month! Local farmstands in Hadley, South Hadley, and Sunderland are celebrating with the Dairy Month Dairy Crawl! Visit the participating farmstands; Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, McCray’s Country Creamery, Flayvors of Cook Farm, Maple Valley’s Hadley Scoop, North Hadley Sugar Shack and Market, and Smiarowski’s Farmstand and Creamery; and purchase an ice cream to get your Dairy Crawl … Read more

Nurturing Your Foundation Builds Stronger Farms and Communities

I was offered the rewarding experience to write and deliver a talk for the TEDx Amherst stage. COVID may have turned this event into a virtual show, but it was a real pleasure to share my idea with my community. Grateful for the opportunity and for the sustaining foundation I am rooted in.

Winter Dinner: Chicken & Biscuits

Place your orders for our March Winter Dinner on Tuesday, March 23 between 3:30pm and 5:30pm! The menu will feature our homemade chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, and green beans. For dessert, a chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the bakery! Plates are $14.50 each and $10.50 for kid’s sized plates. Need a farmer sized helping? … Read more

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