CHESTER SPRINGS, Pa. — After a popular inaugural season, the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail has expanded to 32 stops in three regions of the state.
Participating creameries include Freddy Hill Farm of Lansdale on the eastern trail, Urban Churn of Harrisburg on the south-central trail, and Stock’s Dairy Delight of Martinsburg on the western trail.
All three trails open statewide this Saturday, June 1, and a full list of locations, including a downloadable passport, can be found at visitPA.com/scoops.
To kick of this year’s tour, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carrie Fischer Lepore joined local and state officials Wednesday at Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farm in Chester County.
The creamery is on a historic 103-acre dairy farm which has been home to four generations of the Matthews family. And it’s one of 10 stops on the eastern trail.
"The only thing better than eating delicious ice cream is knowing your purchase supports Pennsylvania farms and Pennsylvania's economy," Redding said. "Learning the story of how food is made and seeing that connection between the cow and the cone adds even more fun."
This farm-to-cone adventure is a partnership of the Ag Department's PA Preferred program, the Pennsylvania Tourism Office and the Center for Dairy Excellence.
Dairy is the largest sector of Pennsylvania's $135.7 billion agriculture industry, contributing $14.7 billion annually to the economy and supporting 52,000 jobs in the state.
In 2018, PDA, PA Preferred and CDE joined dairy farmers and industry advocates to kick off "Choose PA Dairy: Goodness that Matters," a campaign to support Pennsylvania's dairy industry by educating consumers on how to find and buy locally-produced milk, and why it matters to Pennsylvania's economy and the health of its residents.