This summer, Pennsylvanians can beat the heat and get a sweet treat by visiting any of the 30 creameries that make up the 2022 Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail.
“Nothing is sweeter than supporting our small businesses and the dairy industry,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Acting Secretary Neil Weaver. “The Wolf Administration is proud to celebrate this important industry and some very tasty treats.”
Launched in 2018, the Pennsylvania ice cream trail is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and its PA Preferred program, DCED’s Tourism Office and the Center for Dairy Excellence.
The trail offers a delicious way to support Pennsylvania’s more than 5,200 dairy farm families and the small businesses that source from them while offering a unique opportunity to explore the commonwealth by the scoop.
“The Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail embodies the spirit of Pennsylvania agriculture,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The trail drives community spirit while showcasing the best of Pennsylvania dairy and food entrepreneurship. … It is the sweetest way to connect with friends, family and the farmers who work tirelessly to ensure wholesome dairy products reach Pennsylvanians.”
June is also National Dairy Month and is the cherry on top of the celebration. Pennsylvania has the second largest number of dairy farms in the U.S. and is ranked eighth in milk production nationally.
The Pennsylvania dairy industry provides more than 52,000 jobs and supports the commonwealth’s economy to the tune of $12.6 billion annually. Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in the production of ice cream, butter, and swiss cheese.
“The dairy industry is an economic driver for Pennsylvania, and 99 percent of our state’s dairy farms are family owned,” said Emily Barge, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Center for Dairy Excellence. “The Ice Cream Trail is a fun way to actually meet the dairy farm families that work around the clock, 365 days a year, to produce delicious dairy products, including farm-fresh ice cream.”
This year’s Ice Cream Trail runs across the commonwealth, combining the three separate geographic trails of years past into one delicious experience.
Trail-goers can plan their adventure and learn about participating creameries virtually at visitpa.com/scooped.
The most dedicated dairy lovers can even earn a special stainless-steel ice cream scooper for completing just 10 check-ins on the trail. Simply stop in at 10 shops, make your purchase, and receive a four-digit code to “check-in.”
Explore more curated Trips & Trails available in Pennsylvania at visitpa.com.