October 2019
Photo of the Month
We couldn't resist showing more pictures of Coffee Bean, our tiny Wagyu calf. Here she is stopping to smell the flowers and give kisses to Reese Hansen. Did you miss the story about her size? Read more in our blog post .
Free milk coupon!
Don't miss this month's coupon ... spend $25, get a gallon of white milk FREE!

Down on the Farm Breakfast is Oct. 19
It's harvest time, and Hansen's Dairy will be sharing our bounty of local food with our fourth annual Down on the Farm Breakfast.  

The event will be Saturday morning, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Hansen's Tour Center, 8461 Lincoln Road, Hudson. To accommodate more visitors, there will be two serving times: 8 - 9:30 a.m. and 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are on sale now online. Attendees MUST purchase tickets before the event; tickets will not be sold at the breakfast. Adults are $12; children ages 5-12 are $6; and children 4 and younger are free. 

Please plan to arrive during your scheduled serving time, then jump on the trolley to the farm after your meal for more activities and to see our cows, kangaroos and goats. No matter the serving time slot, attendees may stay as long as they like until the event ends at 12:30 p.m.

The all-Iowa menu includes all-you-can-eat homemade pancakes with syrup from Great River Maple in Garnavillo; ham from Webster City Custom Meats; sliced apples from Beck's Orchard in Buckingham; yogurt parfaits from Country View Dairy in Hawkeye and O'Brien's Own Gourmet Granola in Center Point; ; cornbread muffins with honey from Tim Laughlin in Grundy Center; coffee from Sidecar Coffee Roasters in Waterloo; apple cider from Wilson's Orchard in Iowa City; and, of course, Hansen's milk, cream and butter.

For more information, call Jordan Hansen at (319) 988-9834.
Treats of the Week: Employee favorites!
Stop in to Hansen's Dairy Waterloo, 3015 Kimball Ave., to test out our October Treats of the Week. This month we're featuring our employees' favorite concoctions! 

Oct. 7: MARIBETH - Maribeth's treat is  reminiscent of summers gone by: our Black Raspberry Malt. Made with vanilla ice cream, homemade black raspberry topping and malted milk - topped with classic whipped cream and a cherry - it's sure to bring some fond memories to mind! Small, $3.99

Oct. 14: IZZY - Izzy is busy living the college life, and when she gets tired, our Caramel Macchiato Shake is her pick-me-up! Coffee ice cream, caramel, and vanilla extract blended in a small shake and topped with whipped cream and more caramel is sure to keep anyone going! (P.S. It's even better than those big name coffee shops, and it supports your local farmers, too!) Small, $3.49

Oct. 21:  SARA Sara's favorite is also one of our top-selling Treats of the Week! The Banana Creme Dream is a small shake made with vanilla ice cream, a banana, and pieces of waffle cone, then topped with whipped cream and a bit more waffle cone. It's Banana Cream Pie in a cup!
Small, $3.99

Oct. 28:  BLAKE - For our final October Treat of the Week, we're featuring herd manager Blake Hansen's favorite: the Moo Roo! This treat is chocolate cake rolled with vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel, marshmallow cream, whipped cream and peanuts. If it's something you've never had before, give it a try this week for only $3.49!
Wagyu-Holstein beef now available online to ship
Do you consider yourself a meat connoisseur? Get great satisfaction from biting into a flavorful, juicy steak? Enjoy cooking gourmet dishes for friends and family? 

You'll want to try some of Hansen's Wagyu-Holstein beef, now available 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. Makes a great gift ... or just keep them to savor yourself!
New research: Milk is best drink for hydration
New research from St. Andrews University has shown that milk is the best drink for hydration ... even beating out water and sports drinks. 

Milk has been called nature's most perfect food, because it has the perfect combination of vitamins, minerals, protein, sugar and fat for optimal nutrient absorption. And it actually exists in nature ... what's more natural than that? So drink up, and  read the full article from CNN here.  

Ag field trip? There's a grant for that
Teachers, do you want to take your students on an ag-related field trip? Silos & Smokestacks wants to help you out! 

Applications for the Silos & Smokestacks 2019-20 Bus Grant Program are now available to help fund transportation costs to Silos partner sites and farms in the 37-county heritage area, including Hansen's Dairy farm.

Click here  to apply online or visit the website  to download, print, and mail in an application.
Customer of the Month
Jessica Selleck and fiance
The October Customer of the Month is  Jennifer Sommerfelt  of Waterloo. 

Jennifer has been buying Hansen's Dairy products for so long, she can't remember exactly when she and her family were first introduced to them. 

"We like the products because they are made locally, don't use growth hormones and taste amazing," she said.

They typically buy the milk from Fareway and stop into the Kimball Avenue store to get ice cream with their kids. 

"We get ice cream as a surprise, and they always scream with excitement when they hear we are getting Hansen's Dairy ice cream!"

Thanks, Jennifer! 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.
CowoftheMonth Cow of the Month
We're highlighting two sets of twin sisters for our October Cows of the Month.

Twins are fun to watch, because they have a tight bond. They can frequently be found doing the same activities at the same time. We even find them standing in the correct order, which is great for photos :) 

Luke and Leia (shout out to Star Wars) just turned 3 in July. These two are identical twins, and they have similar markings - mostly white faces with some black eye patches. They were born out of Lala, herself a twin with a sister named Loopsy.

Lego and Land just turned 2 in June. These two are fraternal, and their mother's name is Looker (but not a twin).

None of these four cows stand out in terms of milk production, but all four are nice to work with and bring smiles to our faces when we see them eating, lying down or milking together.

By the way, we always name the daughters born on our farm with the same letter as their mother's name.  The letter L is probably our most prolific. In addition to these two sets, plus Lala and Loopsy, we also have Longitude and Latitude, and Lois and Lane. And, the triplets we had in May are Livalot, Lafalot and Luvalot. Whew! 
Cooking with Hansen's
So I thought putting cheddar cheese on apples was the nuttiest idea ... until I tried it. My husband said this is best recipe I've done for the e-Moosletter yet (and he's liked all of them)! This recipe can be made quickly on the stovetop or slow-cooked for a perfect warm dessert on those chilly fall nights or while tailgating. Enjoy! 

For more simple recipes using local, seasonal foods, check out my website at  www.JulieGrunklee.com.

Slow-Cooked Cheddar Apples
Serves: 8-12
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 4-6 hours
Total time:  4-6 hours

  • 4-6 large apples, chopped**
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Bongards Shredded Cheddar Cheese*
  • Hansen's Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream*
* Items found in Hansen's Dairy Stores 
** Items found in Hansen's Dairy Stores in season

  • Place apples, raisins, cinnamon, water and salt in a 3-4 quart crockpot.
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours or longer.
  • Spoon ice cream into individual serving dishes.
  • Top with warm apples. 
  • Sprinkle each serving with 2 Tablespoons of cheese.

You could also cook apples on the stove over medium low heat for 20-30 minutes or until apples reach desired tenderness. 

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