Pennsylvania travelers can “pursue their scoops” on the newly expanded Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail. After a popular inaugural season, the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail expanded from 12 creameries in Eastern and South Central PA, into three trails including a Western PA Trail, with a total of 32 stops in these regions for 2019.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and DCED Deputy Secretary Carrie Fischer Lepore joined local and state officials to kick off the 2019 ice cream trail season today at Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farm in Chester Springs, Chester County. The creamery is on a historic 103-acre dairy farm which has been home to four generations of the Matthews family.
“The only thing better than eating delicious ice cream is knowing your purchase supports Pennsylvania farms and Pennsylvania’s economy,” Secretary Redding said. “Learning the story of how food is made and seeing that connection between the cow and the cone adds even more fun.”
“The dairy industry is an important part of Pennsylvania agriculture and our economy as a whole,” DCED Deputy Secretary Lepore said. “We’re proud to support that industry through these ice cream trails. These ice cream trails help tell the stories of Pennsylvania’s ice cream makers and how their ice cream is a truly home-grown treat for families to enjoy all summer long.”
Initiated in 2018, the trail is a partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred program, the Department of Community and Economic Development’s PA Tourism Office, and the Center for Dairy Excellence to highlight the family fun, goodness and “farm-to-cone” adventures in store at dairy destinations across Pennsylvania.
The program includes a passport that visitors can have stamped to earn prizes at stops along each trail. More information about creameries on the trail, including a downloadable passport, can be found at visitPA.com/scoops. Visitors who share photos from the trail using #PursueYourScoops may be featured on visitPA’s website and social media channels. The trails will officially open statewide on June 1, 2019.
Berks County Ice Cream Trail Stops
Way-Har Farms is home to 300 cows, is a third-generation, family-owned business. In 1970, the Lesher family opened the Way-Har Farm Market as a retail dairy store to sell milk directly from their own cows. Today, the market is a popular destination for ice cream and milkshakes, which customers can purchase from the ice cream wagon. Delicious homemade baked goods round out the market’s offerings. located at 7701 Bernville Road Bernville, PA 19506.
The Nesting Box Farm Market & Creamery is known for its high-quality, cage-free brown eggs, the Nesting Box now offers homemade ice cream as part of its farm fresh offerings. The farm’s newly expanded market and creamery offers handcrafted artisan ice cream that echoes the traditional ice cream texture and flavor of past times. Customers also can purchase locally produced foods and goods from nearby farms, including milk, cheese, meat, jams and honey. Located at 230 Snyder Road Kempton, PA 19529.