Getting ice cream at the Creamery has been a tradition since 1896. On football weekends, salespeople dip several thousands of cones, and on a summer day, lines extend out the doors as people await their turn at the tubs of ice cream.
Most visitors to the Berkey Creamery at Penn State know only of its famous ice cream, sherbet, and cheeses sold at the store or over the Internet, but what they don't know is that it is the largest university creamery in the nation.
Each year approximately 4.5 million pounds of milk pass through the Creamery's stainless steel holding tanks. About half comes from a 225-cow herd at the University's Dairy Production Research Center, and the rest is purchased from a local farmer in Bellefonte, PA. The Berkey Creamery supplies the almost 250,000 gallons of milk consumed by students in the dining commons every year. Using local sources reduces fossil fuel emissions associated with long distance shipping and supports the local economy.
Keeping the milk and ice cream cold is energy intensive. In 2009, Berkey Creamery saved electricity and improved safety for its workers by converting the yellowish induction lighting in its negative 35 degree freezers to LED lighting. These lights have many advantages in that they: illuminate immediately, even in cold temperatures; provide more illumination making it a safer environment for workers; and they are energy efficient.
Finish your green tour at the Creamery and enjoy a world-famous ice cream cone.
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