In Happy Valley, farm fresh ice cream is always in season

– by Lesley Kistner

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Berkey Creamery ice cream is a Happy Valley tradition.

The summer is heating up and that means it is time to enjoy a scoop or carton of delicious, farm-fresh ice cream. In keeping with Happy Valley’s deep agricultural roots, there are plenty of places to cool off (or get your chill on) with this popular frozen treat – all locally produced with the freshest ingredients. Ice cream lovers of all ages will definitely want to check out these establishments.

Berkey Creamery

Rodney Erickson Food Science Building
University Park, PA

Ice cream from the famous Berkey Creamery is a Penn State tradition, so of course, it tops the list of Happy Valley's delicious, farm fresh ice cream options. Even the names of the flavors – Peachy Paterno, Death by Chocolate (my personal favorite), Arboretum Breeze, Berkey Brickle, Alumni Swirl, or Grilled Stickies -- are enough to tempt the most discriminating taste buds.

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Not in Happy Valley right now? Online ordering is available, as are gift card purchases.

The Berkey Creamery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday to enjoy a cone or bowl or made-to-order item on site. Please refer to the re-opening guidelines prior to visiting. Curbside pickup options are also currently still available. In addition to more than 20 different flavors at one time -- and 120 total flavors -- cheese and other specialty foods are available as well.

Creamery history photo

There is a reason Creamery ice cream is so good -- years of experience perfecting it! Dairy research began at Penn State in 1865. The first creamery was established then in the "College Barns" behind what is now Old Main.

Photo courtesy of Penn State University.

We Are Inn

1535 Port Matilda Highway (Route 322)
Philipsburg, PA

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Serving up Creamery ice cream at the We Are Inn.

If you are craving Berkey Creamery ice cream, you can also head over to Philipsburg and the We Are Inn. The Inn serves up several flavors of the popular ice cream, which rotate based on what the Creamery has available. The We Are Inn features a charming outdoor seating area that overlooks Cold Stream Dam across the street.

If you are concerned about the delicious calories you are consuming, you can take your ice cream or water ice and stroll around the picturesque dam while you partake. The We Are Inn is open from noon to 9 p.m.

Meyer Dairy

2390 S. Atherton St.
State College, PA

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Fresh chocolate chip and M&M cookie ice cream sandwiches feature Meyer Dairy vanilla ice cream and Ye Olde College Diner cookies.

When loyal customers use words such as “yummers” and “creamy goodness” to describe the ice cream at Meyer Dairy, you know it must be good. Maybe it’s the dose of tradition in every scoop. The first Meyer farm was purchased in 1887; the original 1910 milk wagon can still be seen in the store today. The dairy offers milk shakes, cones and ice cream sandwiches, with flavors ranging from mint flake, pumpkin, coconut chip and brownie dough, to vanilla ice cream sandwiched by a locally made M&M and chocolate chip cookie.

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One of the many special offerings at Meyer Dairy.

Every step of the ice cream making process is done onsite, bringing a whole new meaning to the word “local.” Meyer Dairy is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Inglebean Ice Cream

108 E. Main St.
Millheim, PA

Inglebean sundae

Made-from-scratch blueberry and chocolate sauce complement Spring Bank Acres ice cream.

Located in the historic, rural community of Millheim, Inglebean Ice Cream is the latest addition to Happy Valley’s farm fresh ice cream scene. The quaint shop serves “hyper-local” ice cream from Spring Bank Acres Farm, and Reedsville Creamery in neighboring Mifflin County. The available ice cream flavors are simple and traditional – currently vanilla, chocolate and chocolate mint. The toppings – including homemade brownies and cookies from Inglebean Coffee Shop next door – are made from scratch. They combine for a delicious, authentically fresh frozen treat, not to mention some fun, funky sundae names. The “Love Shack Quarry” is vanilla, strawberry, balsamic glaze and basil; the “Penny Lane Crick” combines chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow and pretzel; the Happy, oops “Good Vibrations Valley” features vanilla, pineapple, coconut and peanuts. Inglebean Ice Cream is closed Monday through Wednesday. It is open from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 3:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. A spacious outdoor seating area [with the coolest umbrellas in Happy Valley] offers a perfect spot to enjoy Inglebean’s vision of healthy, fresh ice cream.

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Family fun is sweet at Inglebean Ice Cream.

Wasson Farm Market

2545 Shingletown Road
State College, PA

Backed by 30 years of dairy industry experience, the owners of Wasson Farm Market recently added home-made ice cream to the market's traditional offerings of produce, mums and pumpkins. The current menu is sure to satisfy ice cream purists; it features classic flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, and cookies and cream. However, owner Ron Wasson is busy experimenting with new flavors to add to the mix, all of which are available in cones, dishes, sundaes and floats. Candy Wasson’s own homemade peanut butter sauce has made the peanut butter sundae a best seller. Ice cream hours are 3 p.m. to dusk Monday and Tuesday, and noon to dusk Wednesday through Sunday.

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When ordering a Wasson Farm Market sundae, go big or go home!

Wasson farm features beautifully landscaped places to relax, and guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the farm -- and ice cream -- as long as they like. The ice cream stand stays open until the end of October. Orders for quarts and gallons are taken over the winter months.

Wasson sundae

Wasson Farm Market's peanut butter sundae is extra good when made with chocolate ice cream.

Since there are so many wonderful farm-fresh ice cream options in Happy Valley, we recommend you try them all!

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau cannot stress enough that we believe in responsible and safe travel. We do encourage visitors planning business or leisure travel to Happy Valley to refer to the following resources for reliable information and updates regarding COVID-19. Please keep in mind that some articles on this blog were written in a different age pre-virus. Please refer to the individual business websites for current status and hours available. HVAB links to business and other appropriate pages at every opportunity.