Local retailers offer treat, too

Miranda Malo

Miranda Malo

Sometimes ice cream cravings don’t fall between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, when the SDSU dairy bar is open.

Area businesses can satisfy that attack.

Country Kitchen, the Barrel Drive-in and the Lodge Espresso and Coffee Shop serve varying flavors of SDSU ice cream. Half-gallons can be purchased at the Ag Heritage Museum.

Howard Bonneman, dairy bar and plant manager and dairy science instructor, said that he doesn’t recruit businesses to sell his ice cream.

“They come to me asking if they can sell SDSU ice cream,” Bonneman said.

The Ag Heritage Museum does it almost as a service to their visitors.

“People would come in on the weekends to see the museum and would ask where the Dairy Bar was,” said Michelle Glanzer, curator at the museum.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Museum workers would explain that the Dairy Bar wasn’t open on weekends.

“[The visitors] were very disappointed,” he said.

The Ag Heritage Museum now carries “the most popular flavors,” including vanilla, chocolate and cookies and cream, for $5.50 a gallon. During holidays they’ll carry seasonal flavors, and usually they’ll sell other flavors that are available when they place their weekly orders.

“It’s been quite successful,” said Glanzer.

One place SDSU ice cream can’t be found is in Brookings grocery stores.

“It’s set up so that we’re still the primary retail store in Brookings,” said Bonneman, noting that they’re not really set-up to be ice cream wholesalers. “I don’t feel it’s my position to be competitive on a commercial setting. I’m here to train students.”