Get ready to hit the road and hit the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Boardwalk.
It’s the fifth year of the programme, where we encourage you to visit the local farms that produce fresh and delicious ice cream. The program is operated by visitPA.com, the state Department of Agriculture, PA Preferred, and the Center for Dairy Excellence.
This year, the track has gone digital – making sharing even easier, just register on the track’s website, visitpa.com/trip/scooped-ice-cream-trail. Each time you visit one of the participating cream farms or factories and purchase a cone, you will receive a PIN code for check-in. Collect 10 tokens (10 stops on the way) and you’ll get a stainless steel scoop ice cream scoop.
The track program runs until September 10th.
This year’s itinerary features about 30 stops you can make across the state. Many are just a day trip away and this year there are two on the list in the Lehigh Valley.
Crystal Spring Farm: 3550 Bellevue Rd., Shanksville
Crystal Spring Farm ice cream is made with fresh milk and cream from the farm’s own dairy herd, using Grandpa Sell’s time-tested recipes. Grandpa Sell still enjoys refining his recipes, using a variety of flavors and fresh ingredients. In addition to Creamery’s hand-dipped ice cream, the farm’s retail store sells prepackaged half-gallon ice cream, quarts, pints, Dixie cups, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream cakes.
Klein Farms Dairy and Cream: 410 Klein Road, Easton (Forks Township)
Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery is home to Happy Holstein ice cream. Founded in 1935, this family-owned farm opened its first dairy shop in 2004, and moved to its new facility in 2016. Creamer offers more than 20 flavors of homemade ice cream, made with the best ingredients. Besides year-round staples, Happy Holstein Ice Cream offers seasonal favorites that celebrate the seasons to come. Guests are welcome to walk around and see the farm’s goats, sheep and pigs, and of course cows and young calves.
We picked half a dozen from the list that you can drive to on a day trip.
Bailys Dairy of Pocopson Meadow Farm: 1821 Lenape-Unionville Rd, West Chester
At Baily’s Dairy, their meadows are home to 70 dairy cows that provide milk that the Baily family uses to make homemade ice cream from local, farm-fresh ingredients. Baily’s Dairy only eats ice cream on weekends, but their farm shop is open seven days a week. Serves both hard and soft ice cream, along with the floats, fan favorites include wholemeal vanilla and rich salted caramel flavors. They also work with their local farms and neighbors to offer fresh fruit toppings all summer long and unique specials like the popular “melon bowls” – replace the ice cream bowl with fresh sugar cantaloupe and fill it with your favorite ice cream scoop.
Chester Springs at the Milky Way Farm: 521 E Uwchlan Ave. Chester Springs,
Chester Springs at Milky Way Farm has been voted among the best ice cream destinations in Pennsylvania. Visit Creamery for a delicious ice cream cone, sundae, or milkshake made with farm-fresh ingredients. This creamer offers more than 40 different flavors, such as Bessie’s Black Raspberry and Molly’s Mint Chip, named after the farm’s cows. Opening hours vary by season.
Fox Meadows Creamery: 2475 West Efrat Street
Fox Meadows Creamery is a farm-to-table creamery surrounded by beautiful farmland in Lancaster County. This creamer specializes in handcrafted ice cream made on site using milk from the family’s small dairy farm right across the field. Fox Meadows signature treats include “Baked Fox” ice cream, custom milkshakes, and glass bottle floats.
Freddy Hill Farms: 1440 Sometown Pike, Lansdale
You can choose from over 30 flavors of farm-fresh ice cream, along with milkshakes, sundaes, florets, floats, and homemade waffle cones. While you’re there, you can enjoy two mini golf courses, batting cages, and a driving range.
Mermaid farm: 2222 S Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA 19446
Merrymead Farm is one of the century farms in Pennsylvania. It opened its doors to the public in July 1971. The Rothenberger family with their own herd of Holsteins, produces milk and processes it on site and is famous for its creamy chocolate milk. The third farm market sells delicious baked goods, outdoor market seasonal items, and premium homemade ice cream.
Milkhouse Creamery LLC: 99 Pecora Rd., Drums, PA 18222
This site offers more than 50 flavors of ice cream, ice cream pancakes, and ice cream cakes.