David from Spiced Blog visited Dellavale farm in NY this fall for Open Farm Sunday 2016. We’re happy to share a guest post from David about his time spent visiting the Cabot farmers (and lots of animals too)! Make sure to check out his blog for great stories & lots of delicious recipes.
I am a Southern boy. I grew up in the land of y’all, sweet tea, college football and fried green tomatoes. While there are many great things about the south, the heat is not one of them. I remember eating turkey for Thanksgiving out on the back porch one year. And then there was the year when I had to pull out shorts on New Year’s Day.From the land of y'all and sweet tea to the land of deep snow and rolling hills: a story of #FarmLove Click To Tweet
My wife and I moved to upstate New York several years ago, and we absolutely love exploring this area of the country! So many people associate New York with the city, but this state is so much more than the 5 boroughs. (Don’t get me wrong…New York City is an awesome place! But so are the rolling hills and wide open pastures located upstate!)
Speaking of wide open pastures, I ventured out recently to Dellavale Farm in Pattersonville, NY. (Pattersonville is located near the Capital District area of the state.) It just so happens that Dellavale Farm is one of the 626 Cabot farms located in New York. Terri and her husband Tom were gracious enough to open their farm to the public as part of Cabot’s Open Farm Sunday.
Open Farm Sunday was an amazing experience, and the day was just about perfect! Dellavale Farm is situated on open farmland surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. As Open Farm Sunday was held in early October, the leaves on the trees were a wide array of bright reds, oranges and yellows. The day was sunny and crisp, but not quite cold. In short, it was the perfect day to spend a few hours with Terri and her herd of 46 cows!
Dellavale Farm has been in the Phillips family for four generations now, and the connection to family is quite evident. A number of Terri’s family and neighbors came over to help make sure Open Farm Sunday was a success! One neighbor was offering a variety of pumpkins, gourds and squash that he grew on his own farm down the street. Another neighbor came by with his horses and wagon to offer hayrides for the kids (and the occasional kid dressed as a cow…). And other folks were making amazing grilled cheese sandwiches for guests. (Of course, those grilled cheese sandwiches used Cabot butter and cheese…and they were incredible!)
Aside from the wonderful weather and activities outside of the barn, one of the highlights of the day was the chance to visit with Dellavale’s 46 dairy cows in the barn. The local 4-H club was on hand along with the Livingston County Dairy Princess and Ambassadors to offer tours of the barn. This was my first time being up close with dairy cows, and it was such a fun experience! Most folks (myself included) just pick up Cabot cheese in the grocery store and don’t think much about the time and care that went into that block of cheese. Open Farm Sunday was an excellent opportunity to get out and visit with the cows (and the farmers) themselves. It’s great to know where your food comes from!
In addition to the herd, Terri had several calves on site. I made friends with one of the calves…who then proceeded to see how my hand tasted. (It must have tasted pretty good as the calf went in for the whole hand!) There was also a clutch of newly born chicks, and one of Terri’s family members brought over several of his goats along with a Poitou. (The Poitou is a breed of long-haired donkey that originated in France.) The Poitou and the goats were a huge hit with the kids!
All in all, Open Farm Sunday on Dellavale Farm was a huge success! If you live in the Northeast, then I highly recommend watching for this event next year and visiting one of the Cabot farms in your area. And if you don’t live in the Northeast? Well, make plans to come up to visit! October is prime leaf season, and it’s not often that you get a chance to visit a working dairy farm. Cheers!
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