In early May, with the highly-anticipated unveiling of the UDairy Creamery Market, the sweet and refreshing delights of UDairy Creamery’s ice cream, a student favorite, will make its way to Wilmington.
The creamery’s new location at 815 North Market Street in downtown Wilmington will extend UDairy’s current trio of sweetness, with flavors already sold on campus at the original storefront, located at 535 South College Avenue, the Go Baby Go Café on STAR Campus and its ice cream truck, the Moo Mobile.
The project is a collaboration between the university’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Associate in Arts Program (AAP), a division of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. The program serves close to 900 Delaware students who complete an associate’s degree on one of three satellite campuses, Georgetown, Dover and Wilmington. These students then have the opportunity to transition to the university’s Newark campus to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
David Satran, director of the Associate in Arts Program, said that students from the AAP will operate the UDairy Creamery Market. The hiring process is currently underway.
“This is an opportunity for a number of students to have really meaningful employment with the university,” Satran said. “And the students can engage with the community and partake in work that is both fun and enriching that can lead to other employment opportunities.”
The storefront in Wilmington will not only serve UDairy’s beloved ice cream, but will also offer nutritious items from the College of Agriculture’s farm, including produce from the college’s Fresh to You organic garden. The menu will also feature savory burgers, made from the farm’s cattle, and gourmet grilled cheese, which will be made of cheese from the university’s upcoming dairy plant.
The Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG), a major residential and business developer in Wilmington, approached the university with an offer to open this new location. BPG funded a group of university students to experiment with the idea by bringing the UDairy ice cream truck downtown last May.
After the feasibility study showcased the demand for the shop, the creamery accepted their offer.
“I’m most looking forward to the partnership with the Wilmington community,” said Melinda Shaw, UDairy Creamery operations director. “I think it will give a lot of opportunity for those community members to learn about what the College of Agriculture is doing.”
Keith Medwid, the creamery assistant manager intern and a senior studying food and agribusiness marketing and management, is eager about this new endeavor.
“I think it’s going to be a very different atmosphere,” Medwid said. “At the creamery on campus, we attract a lot of locals and students, but in Wilmington, it’s going to be a very business-like atmosphere. Being able to provide our products there will be a new and exciting experience for us.”
Like the other UDairy locations, the Market’s mission lies in educating students in the fields of business and food science. Across the street from Wilmington’s Grand Opera House, the new spot is sure to receive some buzz from this commercial hub.
“It’s so important that there are Blue Hens in Wilmington because Wilmington is a really important part of the state and the state’s success,” Satran said.