December 2021
Happy Holidays! Hansen's Dairy stores will be closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Have a blessed holiday season!
Photo of the Month
This fall we welcomed another kangaroo baby to the farm!

Rooster is spending the winter in the house while he grows bigger. He'll drink milk by bottle, wear diapers, and hang out in a pouch while he sleeps.

Here Rooster is drinking his milk and looking remarkably like the milk-drinking kangaroo on Farmer Blake's T-shirt!

We continued our pattern of beginning the name of our new marsupials with "Roo-." In the spring Rooster will join his siblings Rookie, Roodolph and Rooby outside.
Store hours
Waterloo hours
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Closing at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
  • Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Cedar Falls hours
Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Closing at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
  • Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Spend $25, get a gallon of white milk free!
Special Treats of the Month
Nothing says winter like our December Treat of the Month!

The Peppermint Crunch Sundae is a scoop of our Candy Cane ice cream in a chocolate-dipped waffle bowl, topped with whipped cream, chocolate chunks and a flurry of crushed candy cane pieces. Available all month at each store for $3.79!
If you love egg nog, this treat is for you!

The Egg Nog Shake is Vanilla ice cream mixed with Hansen's thick, rich Egg Nog. Top it with whipped cream and cinnamon and just like Clark Griswold, you'll be saying "It's good ... it's good!"

Available all month at each store for $4.49.
Get your hands on Hansen's Hot Chocolates!
’Tis the season for hot cocoa, and Hansen’s Dairy chocolate milk makes the best! While you’re out shopping, grab a hot cup of comfort in these creamy flavors: Original, Salted Caramel, Mint, Mocha or Double Chocolate. Only $1.19 per 12 oz cup, available all month at both stores!
Seasonal ice creams
Does it ever get too cold for ice cream? We don’t think so either! That’s why our fun winter flavors are back for your enjoyment all season long. Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Candy Cane are sure to get you in the spirit of the holiday!

Available in a treat from the dip cabinet at each store, or take a half-gallon or pint home with you!
Give the gift of local goodness
Are you looking for a unique present for that certain someone? ​​Give the gift of local goodness! We’ve got three Cheese Basket choices: Meat and Cheese ($25), Movie Night ($34), or Smoky Meat and Cheese ($38). Baskets are made to order and must be prepaid, so call/stop in to any Hansen’s Dairy store or order online for pickup. As with all local food, items are subject to availability but substitutions of similar products will be made.
#1 Meat & Cheese $25
Hansen’s Cheese Curds 
Block of Colby Cheese
Kramer Summer Sausage
Edgewood Pork Sticks
Hansen’s Cheese Slicer
#2 Movie Night $34
Hansen’s Cheese Curds
Fit-Pop Microwave Popcorn
3 Edgewood Beef Stick
Corn Tortilla Chips
Kramer’s Mild Salsa
Amish Candy
Hansen’s Magnetic Clip
#3 Smoky Meat & Cheese $38
Chalet Smoked Baby Swiss
Spring Green Smoked Gouda
Carr Valley Apple Smoked Cheddar
Laack’s Smoked String Cheese
Kramer Summer Sausage
Kramer Smokey Beef Sticks
Farm field trip? There's a grant for that
Teachers, do you want to take your students on an ag-related field trip?

Applications for the Silos & Smokestacks 2021-22 Field Trip Program are available to help fund transportation costs to Silos partner sites and farms in the 37-county heritage area, including Hansen's Dairy farm.

Visit the website for more information. Deadline to fund spring 2022 field trips is Dec. 15!
Waterloo store discontinuing prepaid card program Dec. 31
Hansen's Dairy Waterloo will be discontinuing the use of the prepaid card program on Dec. 31, 2021.

The prepaid card program began as a membership program, where members would get discounts on milk and other Hansen's Dairy products. However, in 2017, we removed the discount for using the card and made the discounted price the actual shelf price for all customers. This was out of necessity to match with the Cedar Falls store, as we had to use a new point-of-sale system there to allow gas station pay-at-the-pump purchases.

Now our point-of-sale system in Waterloo will undergo an upgrade, and the prepaid program will not be feasible anymore. Waterloo customers will still be able to use up any money on their card, but will not be allowed to reload any money onto the card, effective immediately. Any unused funds on the card as of Dec. 31 may be cashed out and returned to the customer.

Thank you for your understanding.
Customer of the Month
The December Customer of the Month enjoys shopping locally only steps away from his home.

"I love supporting local growers and makers and discovering quality local products. And Hansen’s has great tasting products!" says Ryan Occeña of Cedar Falls. He typically buys Hansen’s products from our Cedar Falls store and also Hy-Vee.

"My first introduction to Hansen’s products was hearing from my wife and daughter how good the ice cream was soon after we moved to the area," Ryan says. "My favorites are definitely the whole milk, the butter, and the ice cream. We also like to buy eggs, miso, fresh produce, and cheese at our frequent visits to the 18th Street location – not to mention the breakfast pizza!"

Thanks, Ryan! 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.
Cow of the Month
Our December animal of the month isn't a cow but a bull.

Leon is the farm's Fabio, swooping in when needed for reproductive services. The ladies love this curly haired heartthrob.

Leon is the only bull on the farm as most of our breeding is done through artificial insemination. We can purchase the "male product" we need from companies and keep it frozen in liquid nitrogen until needed. This is the preferred method of breeding as it provides a lot of genetic variety without having to house and feed live bulls, or worry about them becoming mean. Leon is only 2 so he's not at that stage yet. His services are needed when Farmer Blake is having a hard time getting a female bred via artificial insemination (the natural way is sometimes more successful).
Cooking with Hansen's
Here's a super simple recipe for all you oyster stew fans! And if you're not a fan of oysters, you could leave them out or substitute any cooked meat or fish for a warm, hearty meal.

Click here for a printable recipe. For more simple, delicious recipes using local and seasonal foods, check out my website at Enjoy!
Creamy Wild Rice Oyster Stew
Prep time: 5 min
Bake time: 60 min
Total time: Just over 1 hour
Servings: 4 or more
  • 8 cups (1/2 gallon) Hansen’s Dairy Milk *
  • 2 Tbsp Hansen’s Dairy Butter*
  • ½ cup wild rice
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-4 medium carrots (chopped finely or 1 cup shredded)
  • 1-2 lbs. oysters, drained
  • 8 oz Country View Dairy Sour Cream*
  • Bongards Shredded Cheddar Cheese* (1 -2 Tablespoons per bowl)
  • Black pepper to taste
*Items that can be purchased at Hansen’s Dairy Stores
  • Heat milk, butter, rice, parsley, paprika and salt in large (4 qt or larger) pot on stovetop on low heat.
  • Chop or shred carrots (if not pre-shredded) and add to milk base.
  • Cook on low for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add oysters and sour cream.
  • Continue to cook on low heat for another 15 minutes or until rice is soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Ladle into bowls. Add black pepper to taste. Top with 1-2 Tbsp shredded cheddar.
Hansen's Dairy Cedar Falls
127 E. 18th St. • 319-266-3044
Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Hansen's Dairy Waterloo
3015 Kimball Ave. • 319-234-3309
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hansen's Dairy Farm, Hudson
8461 Lincoln Rd.
Daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
8461 Lincoln Rd,
Hudson, IA 50643
 (319) 242-1074