UPS and the State of Wisconsin have not extended our shipping contract, which means we are being charged higher shipping costs than normal. Some of you are experiencing extremely high shipping costs on our cheese boxes and I am sorry for that. Please reach out via email and I will work to get you the best rate I can find. Currently, trying to compare FedEx, USPS and UPS. I understand, this has come at the worst time possible and for that, I apologize.

Thanks for understanding,
Kari Backes
Store Manager



Kari Backes



Kari has been with the Babcock Dairy Store since August 2011.  Prior to that, she graduated from MATC with a degree in Graphic Arts.  Currently, she calls New Glarus, WI home.  Her favorite ice cream flavor is Peanut Butter Madness and she loves Dutch Kase when it comes to cheese.

Tanya Kelsey

Assistant Manager

Tanya is from Odessa, Ukraine, and she has been working at the store for over a year now. She loves our Chocolate Chryst ice cream and our Dutch Kase cheese. And just like many others, her favorite Babcock memory is when Jared got locked in the freezer.


Jared Hanken

Student Supervisor

Jared is a senior at UW-Madison studying Forestry. Before coming to college, he spent six years building custom furniture! He has been working in the store for 3 years now, and he is a big fan of our Dutch Kase cheese. He also loves our classic strawberry ice cream so much, he managed to get himself locked in the freezer with it!

Ainsley Parvin

Student Supervisor

Ainsley is a senior here at UW-Madison, and she has been working at Babcock for 2 years! Her favorite ice cream is torn between our feature flavor March on Leckrone and Cookies & Cream, but the Buckingham sandwich is no contest in her mind. She’s also very proud of the fact that THE DiGiorno Pizza follows her on Instagram.

Seth Weld

Student Supervisor

Seth is a native Madisonian and a junior at UW-Madison majoring in Accounting. He has been working in the store for a year and a half. Seth loves our Union Utopia ice cream and our popular toasted flatbread, the Clucky Bucky. Seth has also ran TWO marathons!

Lydia Murphy

Student Supervisor

Lydia is a junior at UW-Madison, and has been working at Babcock for two years! Lydia is studying psychology, molecular and cell biology! She loves studying in the discovery building and going to Wisconsin badger games!

Maddie Shiembob

Marketing Intern

Maddie is a junior at UW-Madison studying Marketing. New to the Babcock team, Maddie has been working at the store for the last few months. She loves the BEC-Key ice cream and is excited to try the store’s sandwiches! Maddie has a twin brother who is coming to UW-Madison this fall!

Will Ranheim

Student Worker

Will is a junior studying political science, here at UW-Madison. He is a new member of the Babcock team and is already making an impact! Once a customer told him he should have a degree in sandwich making! Will’s favorite ice cream flavor is our fan favorite, Union Utopia.

Cici Trainor

Student Worker

Cici is a junior at UW-Madison and a new member of the Babcock team! Cici is studying plant biology! Her favorite Babcock memory is Seth teaching her how to play cribbage which is now one of her favorite things to do!

Eric Brendemuehl

Student Worker

Eric is a junior at UW-Madison and is new to the Babcock team! Eric is a big Wisconsin sports fan and loves hanging out at the union with his friends. His favorite ice cream flavor is our delicious chocolate peanut butter!