Did your alma mater produce its own amazing ice cream on campus? I’m gonna guess no, unless you went to UConn, Penn State or the University of Wisconsin at Madison. One of my best friends, Cecile of The Worldly Bite, comes from a long line of Badgers, so ahead of my recent trip to Wisconsin, she gave me the scoop on everything I couldn’t miss while visiting her campus, starting with getting a scoop of delicious ice cream at Babcock Hall Dairy Store, bien sur.
Wisconsin is known as America’s dairyland so it’s not that surprising that UW-Madison would offer the best Dairy Science major in the country, host the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR), and operate its own dairy plant on campus using milk from its very own dairy herd. Named after Stephen Moulton Babcock, a pivotal UW-Madison researcher in the department of Agricultural Chemistry, the store helps to support the UW Food Science Department. While students, alumni and visitors like my parents and I flock to the store for its ice cream, you can also purchase cheese and milk there, as well as fair trade coffee roasted in Madison at Ancora Coffee Roasters.
You can also tour the dairy plant and observe the way the products are made.
In the shadow of Babcock Hall dairy Store, the university also operates its own buther shop, Bucky’s Butchery, as part of its Meat Science program in the Department of Animal Sciences. Sorry, dairy cows… I hear it sells amazing bacon though we didn’t visit since my dad doesn’t eat meat. Babcock Hall Dairy Store is located at 1605 Linden Drive in Madison and is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays. While you’re on campus, don’t miss a walk through the lakeshore nature preserve at Picnic Point then reward yourself with a pitcher of Spotted Cow at Memorial Union Terrace, overlooking Lake Mendota. Altogether, you’ll kinda wish you attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and not just for the ice cream!