Checking in with the Barstows of Hadley

By FRANCIE LIN For the Gazette Published: 6/12/2020 3:25:20 PM Interview with Steven Barstow II, dairy farmer Who lives in the same house as you? Caroline Barstow (large animal veterinarian), Nelson Barstow (19 months), OVH (cat), Moose (the farm dog) How are you juggling all your responsibilities during this time? Although much has been turned upside down in … Read more

Dairy Month Dairy Crawl 2020

June is Dairy Month! A time to celebrate local dairy: milk, cheese, ice cream and more! ‘Celebrating’, however, looks a bit different in the age of COVID-19. With incredibly low milk prices, lost markets with the closure of restaurants, schools, and institutions, and the added stress of social distancing, new farm training protocols, and so.much.sanitizing, … Read more

Valley Bounty: Amid challenges, Barstow’s farm still taking the long view

By NOAH BAUSTIN For the Gazette Published: 5/23/2020 Pasture Day is Denise Barstow’s favorite time on the farm. The event is an annual celebration of spring at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley. In a normal year, hundreds of people gather on the farm to watch the heifers celebrate their first taste of fresh grass in … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Thank you to the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation!

In line with our commitment to producing the highest quality milk, Barstow’s Longview Farm recently received a generous Local Farmer Award from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation to purchase the Lely MQC-C2. The Lely MQC-C2 is an add-on piece of equipment to a Lely Robot Milker. The equipment tests milk fat, protein, milk conductivity, temperature, … Read more

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 … Read more

Coronavirus disruption hurting dairy farms; ‘It’s not pretty now for the farmer’

By Jim Kinney | April 5, 2020 The Republican Dairy cattle naturally produce more milk in April than at other times of the year, a phenomenon called the “spring flush” that harkens back to the natural reproductive cycle. “It’s life as usual on the farm,” said Denise Barstow, a seventh-generation farmer and education and marketing … Read more

Dairy Decimals, and Udder Math Problems

Cindy Raymond recently discovered that dairy farming is packed with great math lessons—and she’s milking it for all it’s worth. Last summer, Cindy, who teaches Middle School math, visited her daughter Anli (Foote Class of 2015) at Mt. Holyoke College. They stopped by Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts for lunch and ice cream at the dairy … Read more

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

National Chocolate Milkshake is celebrated on September 12. And here at Barstow’s, we celebrate milkshakes of all flavors nearly every day of the year. But in honor of this day, it’s time to enjoy a cold, thick, CHOCOLATE milkshake at your neighborhood dairy farm! Made with super premium chocolate Maple Valley Creamery ice cream and … Read more

Milk Matters | at Odyssey Bookshop

Visit Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30pm for Milk Matters, a presentation of dairy farms, food, and all things bovine with Lucille Benoit, author of Come, Bos, and Denise Barstow of Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery. Journalist and dairymaid Lucille Benoit speaks about the current crisis for small dairy farms … Read more

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