Blog : "Be Cool, Eat Local" at the UNH Dairy Bar This Summer

By Amanda | Jul 8, 2014 | in

The UNH Dairy Bar has stayed the same in size but grown considerably in sustainability since UNH Dining reopened the Dairy Bar with a green image in mind. With the heat of the summer in full swing there is no better time to enjoy some famous Gifford’s Ice Cream at the UNH Dairy Bar. With almost six years of experience under their belt the Dairy Bar knows how to make a great lunch with taste and the environment in mind.

The Dairy Bar is located at the Durham Train Station on the UNH campus. They have taken sustainability to the next level in recent years through recycling and composting programs, carefully researched and chosen products, produce grown on campus, approximately 75% of food sourced locally, and countertops made from recycled glass.

In recent years as part of an effort to increase sustainability UNH Dining invested in two high tunnels for the use of the UNH Dairy Bar and other dining locations. The high tunnels allow UNH Dining to grow produce right on campus. This not only decreases food miles but also enhances taste and freshness. The high tunnels have been a collaborative effort between UNH Dining and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH. This program has also enabled students to get involved through a class called Food Production Field Experience. In this class students get a hands on approach to food production as well as offers labor assistance to high tunnel manager.

One of these high tunnels is heated and allows for fruits and vegetables to be produced and supplied to the Diary Bar throughout the year. Mixed greens for salads are primarily sourced from the high tunnels all year long. . Seasonally, tomatoes, radish, carrots, strawberries, leaf lettuce, peppers, zucchini, and squash are also supplied. Over the years more and more products are being grown right on campus, with hopes of this only continuing to increase in coming years.

Watch the trains roll through this summer while enjoying some delicious ice cream from the UNH Dairy Bar. Plenty of parking available and ice cream window open until 9 p.m.!

Green Alliance members receive 10% OFF the entire menu at the UNH Dairy Bar. Not yet a GA member, click here to join!