June is National Milk Month, and state officials are celebrating by asking residents to indulge in one of Pennsylvania’s most popular dairy products: ice cream.
Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development were joined by Governor Tom Wolf to announce the 30 creameries that make up the fifth annual Scooped Ice Cream Trail.
One of them is Kerber’s Dairy, a mainstay in North Huntingdon for six decades.
“We are honored that they included us on the list,” said owner Tom Kerber Jr.
Opened in 1961, Kerber’s Dairy began life with a herd of 300 Holstein cattle and a white brick building on Guffey Road. By 1991 the dairy herd had been sold and a larger building was constructed on the property to accommodate a wider range of products and more customers.
This expanded product line included ice cream, which is Kerber’s most popular product alongside its iced tea.
“We learned how to make ice cream at Penn State Creamery, and it’s the best,” Kerber said. “So to have us on a roster with them is quite an honor.”
This summer, Kerber said, the dairy will launch a few new flavors to mark the company’s inclusion on the Scooped Ice Cream Trail.
“We add blackberry cobbler and key lime pie,” he said.
Launched in 2018, the Pennsylvania Ice Trail is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and its PA Preferred program, the DCED Visitor Center, and the Center for Dairy 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 the opportunity to explore the Commonwealth in spades.
“The trail fosters community spirit while showcasing the best of Pennsylvania’s dairy and food entrepreneurship,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “It’s the sweetest way to connect with friends, family and the farmers who work tirelessly to ensure healthy dairy products reach Pennsylvanians.”
Pennsylvania has the second-most dairy farms in the United States, and the industry generates more than $12.5 million a year while employing 52,000 people.
The state is a national leader in the production of ice cream, butter, and Swiss cheese.
Ambitious ice cream lovers can win a special stainless steel ice cream scoop by visiting 10 of the ice cream parlors on the trail and “checking in” at VisitPA.com/scooped.
Other creameries in the area include Betsy’s Ice Cream in Mt. Lebanon, Lone Oak Farm in Marion Center (Indiana County), Vale Wood Farms in Loretto (Cambria County), and Windy Ridge Dairy in Fombell (Beaver County). ).
To learn more, visit VisitPA.com/scooped.