Dellavale Barn Painting

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.

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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.”


Read more about the farm families that make up the Cabot Creamery Co-operative.

Comments (12)

Carol Bisig | November 08, 2018 | 4:04pm

Beautiful Barn! Being from the Deep South; we love tradition! This is so touching; it brought tears to my eyes! You have no idea how many people would love to be in your shoes! GOD Bless you all! ♥

Ronald Burns | November 08, 2018 | 4:38pm

Way cool! Though I no longer live in the NEK of VT, I still enjoy my Seriously Sharp cheddar. It, and other Cabot cheeses, are so good no matter how they are devoured. Thanks for such a great product. Finally, the plaid barn is awesome and I look forward to seeing it on my next trip back to VT.

Ruth Cox Leaders | November 08, 2018 | 4:48pm

Great story!

Anne Dunkley | November 08, 2018 | 4:51pm

Love it !!!

Alice Nichols | November 08, 2018 | 5:16pm

I’m a Cabot customer, from way back! Yum! Tom an Terri are my neighbors. Love the Barn! Looks AWESOME!

Madeleine | November 08, 2018 | 5:42pm

Great beacon in the night!

Toni L Tice | November 08, 2018 | 6:11pm

Very impressive! Lots of hard work, love and laughter is evident in their story. Thank you for sharing!

Georgia-Ann Chulko | November 08, 2018 | 6:27pm

What a gorgeous barn! I know you and Cabot are so proud! Congratulations on 100 years!

Rachel Lewter | November 08, 2018 | 10:59pm

I’d be proud to have my own Cabot’s barn! Impressive

Georgie Libbie | November 09, 2018 | 5:43am

Coolest thing EVER!!

Beverly | November 09, 2018 | 6:56am

Absolutely fabulous.

Ray in Ma. | November 09, 2018 | 11:09am

We Need more like Terri & Tom!! Awesome Idea on the Barn. I hope it Sweeps USA!!!! Hopefully Each one does something a Bit Different!! There are People out here Who care when all Farmers contribute to make a difference. CONGRATS!! Jeannette & Ray over in eastern MA.

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