Fourth-generation Dellavale Farm farmer Terri Phillips sometimes catches herself stopping and admiring her farm’s new plaid-painted barn. She’s not the only one. The barn, which is just off of busy I-90 in Pattersonville, NY, is seen by thousands of highway drivers each week.Four people + seven days = a stunning plaid barn! #cabotfarmers #cabotcheese Click To Tweet
The barn—formerly known as the “gray” barn—has been aptly renamed the “plaid” barn now that it’s decked out in a bold new take on Cabot’s iconic black and red plaid, plus an original antique tractor design by artist and muralist Abby Manock. For us, the plaid harkens back to our famous Hunter’s Cheddar (now known as Seriously Sharp), and also represents our famers’ values: Hard work each and every day. Delicious products made only from premium ingredients. An unwavering, century-long commitment to quality.
The barn painting was quite an undertaking, Terri says. “The week before, we had to do the undercoating, and we had to rent a lift to reach up to the peak.” From there, a four-person crew led by Abby brought the mural to life over the course of seven busy days in late August. A crowd of locals came out each day to admire the progress, and cheer on the crew. As for Terri’s reaction when she first saw the completed barn? “Absolute amazement,” she says. “It looks really good.”
You can view a full time-lapse of the barn painting below:
Here at Cabot Co-operative, we’re on the cusp of celebrating our Centennial—one hundred years making the finest dairy products you can find anywhere. It’s a moment we’re particularly excited to celebrate with our farmer owners, who are the backbone of Cabot’s award-winning legacy and the reason we’re known for making the world’s best cheddar. Though we’ve grown a lot in the past century—and are excited to keep growing far into the future—our commitment to being a farmer-owned co-operative remains unchanged after all these years. These values are important to us because they mean that the fruits of our collective success support the dedicated farm families who provide our milk and own our co-op. It’s their daily commitment to their cows, to their land, to their children who will someday take over, and to the creamy milk they produce each day, that make Cabot so special.
Our barn-painting projects originated with the Fletcher Farm in upstate Maine. When they lost their barn to a fire, Edna Fletcher suggested Cabot paint the new barn plaid once it was raised—so we did. Since then, we’ve “plaided” close to ten other Cabot farm-family barns, but the Dellavale barn painting was something extra special for us. That’s because Dellavale Farm has been producing milk since 1918 when Terri’s great grandfather Claude (Bog) Phillips purchased the original farmland forty minutes outside of Albany, and took the first step in his family’s proud farming journey. The farm has been passed down to each generation, and now rests in the very capable hands of Terri and her husband, Tom.
Peering into the future, Terri’s passion is to get the youth around her excited about farming. “Farming is a special way of life,” she says. “We’re producing the most natural product there is.”