October 2018
Photo of the Month
Children from Five Seasons Learning Center in Cedar Rapids got up close and personal with our cow AppleBees during their tour in September. AppleBees loves the attention, and the kids got to see just how big dairy cows are! If you would like to take a tour of Hansen's Dairy, visit our website and call (319) 988-9834 for your reservation. Hurry, the tour season ends Oct. 31! You can also plan to attend our Down on the Farm Breakfast on Oct. 20, where you can enjoy an all-local breakfast then visit our animals! More details here.

Cash Cow

We had three $5 winners in our September CA$H COW contest, including Patty Judas of Waterloo, but no $100 winners. When you've finished your gallon of milk, be on the lookout for those winning jugs!

We will label 10 jugs with the big cash prize of $100 in October. Best chances to find them are right away at the beginning of the month! But make sure to keep looking throughout the month as we mark ten $5 jugs every week!
Look inside the jug toward the label to see a "5" or "100". 

couponThe Real Deal:
15% off Beelers sausage
(Hot or Breakfast varieties)

Use the coupon to make this month's  recipe
for Butternut Chili - perfect for warming up on a chilly evening!  

Buy tickets now for our farm breakfast!
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy our Down on the Farm Breakfast at Hansen's Dairy. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with a locally sourced menu, then ride our trolley down to the farm and see our animals. 
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. We will have two designated serving times, which you will choose when buying your tickets. 
  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
You may arrive any time during your scheduled serving time, and stay at the farm visiting the animals as long as you'd like until the event ends at 12:30 p.m.
MENU:  Pancakes, ham, yogurt parfaits, apples, coffee, apple cider and milk.
WHERE:  Hansen's Dairy Tour Center, 8461 Lincoln Rd., Hudson, Iowa
TICKETS: MUST HAVE TICKET TO ATTEND. Tickets are on sale now at Hansen's Dairy stores in Waterloo (3015 Kimball Ave.), Cedar Falls (127 E. 18th St.) and at the farm. Sorry, tickets not available online. Only 400 tickets will be sold.
COST:   $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for 5 and younger.
QUESTIONS:  Call (319) 988-9834
What is Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef?
Hansen's Dairy would like to introduce our new line of beef, Wagyu-Holstein, available now for the first time.

You may have never heard of the Wagyu beef breed, but you may have heard the more well-known term "Kobe beef."  Real Kobe beef actually comes from the Tajima bloodline of Japanese Black Wagyu cattle, and it must be raised, fed and slaughtered in the Hyogo region of Japan.

There is a lot of mislabeling of Kobe beef on restaurant menus in the United States. Fewer than 10 American restaurants are legally certified to sell "Kobe beef." None is ever sold at retail.

That being said, Wagyu beef is available in the U.S. and genetically carries many traits that make it a desirable choice for consumers.    
  • More marbling than other beef, as evidenced by the tiny pinhead dots or spider webs of evenly dispersed fat seen in uncooked meat 
  • Tremendous amount of intramuscular unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic acid, which is responsible for flavor. These monounsaturated fats have a lower melting point, below human body temperature, so they literally melt in your mouth.
  • Higher ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats than other beef
  • Unique high concentration of beneficial omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein cattle are mothered by a Holstein cow and sired by a Wagyu named World K Sanjirou, who has been said to be one of the most influential sires of the Tajima line.  

Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef cows are raised just like our dairy cows. All are born on the farm, housed with great care and low stress, fed the same diet, and  raised without use of hormones or preventive antibiotics.

If you are interested in purchasing Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef, call Blake Hansen at 319-610-1530 to inquire about pricing and arrange pick-up. The beef is not currently available in Hansen's Dairy stores. We have a limited assortment of steaks, roasts and hamburger available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Jorgensen Plaza restaurants, located in the Western Home Community at 5307 Caraway Lane in Cedar Falls, are the first in the area that will serve Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef. In fact, they are having an "Oktobeerfest" event on Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. that will feature Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef in the five-course, seven-beer menu. Cost is $50 per person or $80 per couple, and you may RSVP by Oct. 8 to amy.dall@westernhome.org or 319-859-9324. For more information about the menu, click here.

Teachers can apply for Silos & Smokestacks grants
Teachers: Looking for a way to give your students some hands-on learning? The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Bus Grant Program is designed to help schools in the 37-county heritage area of northeast Iowa fund the transportation costs associated with field trips to designated SSNHA Partner Sites and farm sites, giving students the opportunity to learn about America's agricultural heritage firsthand. 

The grant funds 75% of the total transportation to and from the school and the selected site, not to exceed $350. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now available. 

More info: Click here
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018
Application: Click here
Customer of the Month
Janet DeShaw
The October Customer of the Month is  Janet DeShaw of Waterloo. 

"My dear friend Linda told me about Hansen's fresh turkeys a year ago at Thanksgiving, and ever since I have been shopping at the Hansen's location at Kimball and Ridgeway," Janet said. 

Her favorite products are the 1% milk, butter, plain cheese curds, ice cream (especially the No-Sugar-Added Vanilla or the Caramel Cup Delight), Greek yogurt, toffee and fresh vegetables in season.
"We even had beautifully decorated ice cream cake for a birthday celebration (last month)," Janet said.

Janet grew up on a farm and remembers the fresh dairy products. 

"Hansen's yummy milk and butter are like revisiting my childhood," she says. " The milk is healthier and tastes better than other brands that are homogenized, and the employees are hometown friendly at the store."

Thanks, Janet! 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 $24 value). You could be chosen by filling out an entry form at our stores or through your comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cow of the Month
The October Cow of the Month is kind of a big deal.

Lysome, who celebrates her 5th birthday on Oct. 2, has produced 76,000 lbs of milk and 3,000 pounds of fat in her lifetime. She's given birth to three bulls. Today she contributes 100 pounds of milk per day to the bulk tank. 

Lysome is a really nice cow to work with, except she's a bit of a giant in the cow world. S he stands 5' 6" tall at the shoulder and has a very long body. She doesn't fit in our milking parlor very well, as dairy cows have gotten bigger since our parlor was built in the 1960s. Lysome  can sympathize with any of you tall folks out there who have to duck under doorways or fold yourselves into airplane seats. :) We manage to get the job done and she deals with it!
Visit local growers at 2018 Farm Crawl
Make plans to visit area farms during the 2018 Farm Crawl! Travel at your own pace and learn how local farmers grow your food and manage their farms. Note: Hansen's Dairy is NOT a participating farm, but we love promoting all other local growers! Check out the farm crawl guide for tour times and family friendly activities each farm will offer at  www.ceee.uni.edu/localfood .

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 7 
TIMES: Noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE:  Participating farms in Northeast Iowa
DETAILS: Free admission, no registration required
QUESTIONS: Contact  Jodie Huegerich, jodie.huegerich@uni.edu
Cooking with Hansen's
From Julie Grunklee, 

Here's a nourishing stew to warm you up as the weather turns cooler. This is the perfect way to enjoy the abundance of squash available right now. This recipe can easily be cut in half for smaller crock-pots. It also freezes well to thaw you out on a cold winter day.  Enjoy!  

Butternut Chili  
Prep time: 20 minutes                                
Cook time:  7  hours 
Serves 8-10
Starred items available at Hansen's Dairy stores. Fresh produce subject to seasonal availability.

  • 1 large butternut squash, 4 cups cooked and mashed*
  • lbs Beeler's Sausage, browned and finely chopped* (Hot or Breakfast variety depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1-2 quarts of tomatoes (homemade jar or a 28 oz can)
  • 2 onions, finely chopped*
  • 1-2 large bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon each: cumin, paprika, chili powder, ground coriander
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Hansen's Dairy Cream*
  • Bongards Fancy Shredded Cheddar Cheese*
  • Optional: 2-3 cups of cooked black beans
Place  all ingredients  except cream and cheese in  large ( 6-7  quart) crock pot and mix well.
Cook on high for  6 or more hours.  Add cream and cook on high at least 1 mor e   hour .
Remove bay leaves.  Top individual servings with shredded cheese. 

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