Wolf Administration Celebrates Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry, Gives Scoop on Fifth Annual Ice Cream Trail

York, Pennsylvania – This summer, Pennsylvanians can beat the heat and treat themselves by visiting one of the 30 creameries that make up the 2022 Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail. Today, Acting Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Neil Weaver, Under Secretary for Tourism, Film and Marketing, Carrie Fischer Lepore, and Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Russell Redding, have visited Perrydell Farm and Dairy in York County to sprinkle in summer fun and kick off the fifth annual Ice Cream Trail.

“Nothing is sweeter than supporting our small businesses and the dairy industry,” Acting Secretary Weaver said. “The Wolf Administration is proud to celebrate this important industry and some very tasty treats. Pennsylvanians and Commonwealth visitors alike should stop by the excellent creameries featured on the trail and join us in the summer fun!

Launched in 2018, the Pennsylvania Ice Trail is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and its Favorite PA® programme, the DCED Tourist Office, and the Dairy Center of Excellence. The trail offers a delightful way to support Pennsylvania’s more than 5,200 dairy farm families and the small businesses that source from them while providing a unique opportunity to explore the Commonwealth in spades.

“The Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail embodies the spirit of Pennsylvania agriculture,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The trail fosters community spirit while showcasing the best of Pennsylvania’s dairy and food entrepreneurship. This summer, join me in supporting Pennsylvania dairy farmers and small businesses by exploring Pennsylvania ice cream. It’s the sweetest way to connect with friends, family and the farmers who work tirelessly to make sure healthy dairy products reach Pennsylvanians.

June is also National Milk Month and is the icing on the celebration cake. Pennsylvania has the second most dairy farms in the United States and ranks eighth in dairy production nationally. Pennsylvania’s dairy industry provides more than 52,000 jobs and supports the Commonwealth 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 engine for Pennsylvania, and 99 percent of dairy farms in our state 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 meet dairy farm families who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to produce delicious dairy products, including farm-fresh ice cream.”

This year, the Ice Cream Trail crosses the Commonwealth, combining the three distinct geographic trails of years past into one delightful experience. Trailgoers can plan their adventure and learn about participating creameries virtually. Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail website. The most dedicated dairy enthusiasts can even win a special stainless steel ice cream scoop for completing just 10 trail check-ins. Simply stop by 10 stores, make your purchase, and receive a four-digit code to ‘register’.

“We are thrilled to kick off the fifth annual Ice Cream Trail, one of the sweetest parts of summer!” said Undersecretary Lepore. “This year’s trail takes visitors across the Commonwealth and is a truly delightful way to spend time with friends and family. We know Pennsylvanians and visitors alike will love the creameries featured on the trail.

Explore more carefully Travels and trails available in Pennsylvania at visit pa’s website. Support Pennsylvania farmers by buying Favorite PA® products rooted in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry at PA Department of Agriculture website.

The Pennsylvania Office of Tourism, housed within the Department of Community and Economic Development, is dedicated to inspiring travel to Pennsylvania. From iconic attractions to hidden gems, tourism in Pennsylvania helps support the state’s economy and creates jobs for local businesses, while improving the quality of life for residents.

#PursueYourScoops by download your digital passport and share your Ice Cream Trail photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, instagramWhere pinterest.

NOTE: Photos and video from today’s event to kick off the 2022 Ice Cream Trail can be found at PAcast.

For more information about the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website and be sure to stay up to date with all the news from our agency at Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.

Penny Ickes, DCED, [email protected]
Katie McLaughlin, Agriculture, [email protected]

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