Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Hansen family!
December 2019
Photo of the Month
We have been gradually getting to know our new kangaroo joey. This is mama Scooter and daddy Rocket's second baby, and we have been enjoying watching him get bigger! 

Click through to our Instagram or Facebook page to see video of Scooter "talking" to her joey, and make sure you watch to the end when he sticks his little paw out after jumping in the pouch :)
December coupon
In this month of holiday baking and entertaining, it shouldn't be hard to spend $25 for your free gallon of white milk! 

Holiday food in stores this month
Remember Hansen's Dairy for your holiday needs! We have egg nog, hams and turkeys.
Hams and turkeys will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't worry, we order plenty!
Ferndale Turkeys 
  • Raised on a family farm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota (see their website here)
  • Free-range and raised without growth hormones and preventive antibiotics
  • Processed naturally with no added salt, water, or fillers
  • Frozen, available now for Christmas
  • Weights range from 10 to 20 pounds
Hansen's Hams
  • From Webster City Custom Meats in Webster City, Iowa (see their website here)
  • Bone-in, shankless, cured only with their own natural juices and certified hickory smoked, made especially for Hansen's customers.
  • Sold FRESH for Christmas
  • Two sizes: half hams (7-9 lbs, serves 10, $2.99/lb) and whole hams (15-18 lbs, serves 20, $2.89/lb). 
For questions about the hams and turkeys, call our stores in Waterloo (319-234-3309) or Cedar Falls (319-266-3044).
Events to remember in December
It's time to get in the holiday spirit! Check out these festive treats and events planned for December:

NEW ICE CREAM SANDWICH:  Next time you're shopping in our Waterloo and Cedar Falls stores, check out our new Candy Cane Crunch chocolate ice cream sandwich. It's like catching snowflakes on your tongue!

COLORING CONTEST:  Kids are invited to participate in a coloring contest at each store. Age groups are 4 and under, 5-8, and 9-12. Now through Dec. 20, bring back the colored picture, and one child from each age group will be selected to win a free single dip cone!

WISCONSIN CHEESE SOUP SAMPLING:  On Saturday, Dec. 7, stop in the Waterloo store for a hearty sample of Wisconsin Cheese Soup, while it lasts. The recipe is wonderfully warming and full of cheesy goodness! While you're in, check out the recipe and enjoy 10% off all cheeses so you can make the soup at home.

COOKIE DECORATING:  From 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, come in to our Waterloo store to decorate your own sugar cookie! For $1.50 each, our cake decorator will help you and/or your children decorate a cookie with an assortment of frosting and sprinkles that you can then take with you (or scarf down while you're still here!) Enjoy all the fun while you leave the mess to us!

GIFT BASKET PACKAGING: On Saturday, Dec. 21, our Waterloo store will host a gift basket packaging day. Choose from one of our themed baskets or pick out your own items, and we will wrap it up nicely for you. Plus, we'll have slices of Try Pie and coffee for sale while you wait!
Holiday gift ideas easy as 1, 2, 3
Here's some unique ideas for your loved ones this year. For more information on these items, check out our website:

1) GIFT BASKETS - We offer four themed gift baskets for the local foodie in your life: Meat and Cheese, Breakfast in a Bag, Cheese Sampler and Hearty Breakfast.  Stop in or call your favorite Hansen's Dairy location to order holiday gift baskets, or visit the Waterloo store on Dec. 21 to make your own, and we will wrap it up for you on the spot!

2) TOUR GIFT CARD - Give the gift of a fun family experience! We now offer tour gift cards, which your loved ones can use to book tours online at their convenience. Tour season opens April 1. 

3) WAGYU BEEF - For the meat connoisseur, there's nothing like Wagyu for a supreme beef experience.  Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef is carried in our stores and is also a vailable to purchase and ship online . Free shipping anywhere in the U.S. (But if you live here locally, picking up is still the best option!)  Choices include primal cuts and/or individual steaks in filet, ribeye, New York Strip and sirloin.
Customer of the Month
Carolyn Hildebrandt and dog Eddie, who's also a big fan of Hansen's Dairy
The December Customer of the Month is  Carolyn Hildebrandt  of Waterloo. 

Carolyn first learned about Hansen's Dairy products when Moo Roo opened in Waterloo, bringing her daughters there for ice cream cones. 

" I like your products because they are locally made and that your family has been in the area for a long time," she says. "My favorite product is the whole milk with the cream on top! I use it for my coffee and tea, and to make rich, creamed soups in the winter."

Carolyn's daughters are now aged 31 and 25 and living in New York. They have fond memories of visiting the store and going on the dairy tour, especially seeing a baby wallaby being carried around in a homemade pouch. 

Carolyn recently  brought an international student from China to the hands-on farm tour. 

"It was her first time feeding a calf, milking a cow, and making butter, and she loved petting and feeding the kangaroos," Carolyn says. "I think the connections you make between the farm, your family and your customers helps us appreciate your products even more."

Thanks, Carolyn! Customers of the Month receive a $5 gift certificate to use at our stores and two free hands-on tour passes to the farm (a $30 value). You could be chosen by filling out an entry form at our stores or through your comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
CowoftheMonth Cow of the Month
According to herd manager Blake Hansen, the December Cow of the Month keeps getting better with age.

"The older she gets, the better she looks and performs," Blake says about  Bloom. "She is a fantastic, fertile cow."

Aged 4 years and 7 months, Bloom has already given birth to four calves, including three heifers that we named Brady, Bimini and Bryar. "It's kind of rare to see a cow calve four times before age 5," Blake says.

Bloom knows how to work in the milking parlor and is extremely nice to work with. She has pumped out 72,000 pounds of milk in her productive lifetime, which is an average of 85 pounds a day! 
Cooking with Hansen's
Tired of leftover turkey?  Or need a fun appetizer for your holiday parties?  Quesadillas are perfect!   You can use fresh ground meat, leftover turkey or even ham! (Although, I'd probably not add the taco seasoning if using ham - but you can experiment if you like!)   You can also add other toppings like olives, peppers or guacamole. For more simple recipes like this , check out my website at

Serves:  4 or more
Prep time: 20 min
Bake time: 10 min
Total time:  30 min

  • 1 lb. ground meat (or leftover turkey from your holiday meal)* 
  • 1 cup or more shredded cheese* 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped** 
  • 4 soft shell tacos/tortillas (flour or almond meal ones work best) 
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning (or make your own: 1/2 tsp each of salt, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle powder and red pepper flakes to your taste) 
  • 2-3 Tbsp water 
  • Westby Sour Cream* 
  • Kramer's Homemade Salsa*
* Items found in Hansen's Dairy Stores 
** Items found in Hansen's Dairy Stores in season

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Brown ground meat with taco mix and water, finely chopping until cooked through. (Or cut up/shred leftover turkey, then add taco mix and water. Heat until mixed well.)
  • Spread out tortillas on cookie sheet so there are 4 separate places to place other ingredients.
  • Place 1/4 cup shredded cheese on each tortilla so it covers half the tortilla.
  • Add 1/4 cup of meat to top of cheese and sprinkle with onions.
  • Fold empty half of tortillas over to form a semi-circle sandwiches.
  • Sprinkle more cheese on top and bake at 400F for 10 min.
  • Slice into wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream.

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