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Campus dairy bar opens

February 12, 2019

Oct. 10, was the grand opening for the UW-River Falls campus dairy bar named Freddy’s Dairy Bar. The dairy bar is located on the second floor of the Agricultural Science building, and offers students another outlet to purchase products such as ice cream, shakes, malts and much more.

Agriculture majors on campus have been making and distributing dairy related products for quite some time now, however it wasn’t till late last year that they went commercial with it. “For a while, we had been selling ice cream downstairs to students, however now it is more well known and we get a lot more foot traffic because of the dairy bar,” said Virginia Lee, a student who has been working at the dairy bar since it opened.

The new dairy bar helped allow students to purchase a larger variety of consumables like dipped cones, shakes, malts, and a variety of cheeses. They even plan to have meat products in the future such as bratwursts for sale. They also try encouraging students to stop by through running monthly specials.

Currently, buying products such as cheese at the dairy bar can prove to be a bit of a challenge. The Dairy Pilot Plant in the Agricultural Science building is currently under a renovation, and has halted the production of some products in the dairy bar. The dairy plant is being renovated so that it can meet new industry standards, and in total is planned to be a $3.5 million renovation.

Freddy’s Dairy Bar can be found on the second floor of the Agricultural Science building, at room 212A. The dairy bar is open Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is also open on select Saturdays. To find out which Saturday’s Freddy’s Dairy Bar is open, follow them on Instagram or Facebook. Currently available foods on the menu are ice cream cups/bowls, shakes, malts, floats, sundaes, ice cream coffee shakes and even merchandise such as hats and shirts.