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A literal scoop: Moo Thru ice cream is coming to the Town of Herndon

The popular ice cream shop Moo Thru is coming soon to Herndon (staff photo by Fatimah Waseem)

(Updated 8:45 a.m. on 6/8/2023) Moo Thru, a popular ice cream parlor that sells handmade, locally sourced ice cream, is coming to the Town of Herndon this summer.

The family-owned business is expected to open a truck sometime next week at 317 Spring Street, according to franchise owner Caitlin Kenney. A brick-and-mortar store will follow in July.

The ice cream shop is a family-operated creamery and ice cream store owned by fourth-generation dairy farmers Ken and Pam Smith. Per its website, the milk used in Moo Thru ice cream comes from the family’s grass-fed Holstein herd, which grazes on a farm along the banks of the Rappahannok River.

Kenney and her husband Frank are behind the concept in the Town of Herndon. Kenney, whose family has been in the town for more than 50 years, said her family fell in love with Moo Thru’s ice cream several years ago and wanted to bring its unique flavor to Northern Virginia.

“It’s been our favorite ice cream for years,” Caitlin said. “How could we not bring it to the area?”

Caitlin, who went to school at Herndon Elementary School, Herndon Middle School and Herndon High School, says that the truck will open sometime next week but with limited hours due to town regulations. It will likely be open Thursday through Sunday with hours that will be determined soon. The shop itself — which will also sell Old Town Coffee to support business in the morning hours — will open later in the summer.

She looks forward to working with the community, particularly sports groups that were integral to her upbringing and her childrens’ upbringing.

The business got its start in 2010 with its first location in Remington — just two miles from the farm that the family owned and operated for decades. Popular flavors include blackberry Merlot with dark chocolate chunks and bourbon caramel.

Items on the menu include ice cream, shakes, malts and sundaes. The business currently has locations in Mineral, Charlottesville, Hillsboro, and Winchester.

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