October 2017
Photo of the Month
Even the calves need a cool treat once in a while! The hot September weather had a Hansen child sharing their freeze pop with one of the baby calves. It didn't take long for that tongue to slurp up some lemon-lime refreshment!
The tour season is winding down and will close on Nov. 15. Visit the farm for a hands-on tour before the snow flies! Call Jordan Hansen at 319-988-9834 to schedule your reservation. For more tour information, click here.     

Cash Cow

We had a big winner in our September CA$H COW contest! Congrats to Jessica Johnson of Waterloo, who found a $100 jug. Two customers from Waterloo also found $5 jugs.

We will label 10 jugs with $100 in October. Best chance to find one is 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". 


Enjoy our October coupon:

50 cents off any one bag of
Apples on the Avenue apples! 






Tickets going on sale for farm breakfast
Why not join our cows for 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 many locally sourced ingredients, then ride our trolley down to the farm and see our animals. Call 319-988-9834 with questions. 
WHEN: Saturday morning, Oct. 21. We will offer two designated serving times:
  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
MENU: Pancakes, ham, yogurt parfaits, apples, cider, coffee and milk. 
TICKETS:  Sold beginning Oct. 2 ONLY through Hansen's Dairy stores in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Hudson. Only 400 tickets will be sold.
COST: $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for 5 and younger.
Jump on the fall Farm Crawl
The Farm Crawl, planned by the Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership, is an opportunity for people to learn how local producers grow their own food and manage their farms. People can visit the farms and locations at their own pace and visit all of them or some of them. There may be farm tours, self-guided tours, local food for purchase, and hot food for purchase. Note: Hansen's Dairy in Hudson is not a stop on the tour, but we like to promote local food and farms!
WHAT: Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership Farm Crawl
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8
DETAILS: Event is free and open to the public! Sites include Fitkin Popcorn, Cedar Falls; Beck's Orchard, Buckingham; Big Rock Bison, Buckingham; Hanson's Hollow, La Porte City; Union High School, La Porte City; Timeless Prairie Orchard, Winthrop; Rainbow Acres, Rowley; Lindsay Dairy, Masonville; Lauric Farms, Lamont; and Farm to Fork Harvest Celebration Dinner, Independence High School.
Silos bus grants help fund field trip transportation
Applications are now available for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Bus Grants in the 2017-18 school year.

These grants help schools in the Heritage Area of Northeast Iowa fund the transportation costs associated with field study trips to designated SSNHA Partner Sites and farm sites. The field trips allow students to learn about America's agricultural heritage firsthand.

The grant funds 75% of the total amount of transportation to and from the school and the selected site, not to exceed $350.

Deadline: Dec. 1 or whenever available funding as been depleted. Apply early!  
Customer of the Month
Colton Trent  
The October Customer of the Month is Colton Trent of Cedar Falls.

Colton started buying Hansen's products when he became interested in learning more about his food sources.

"I was trying to find less corporate and more trustworthy sources of dairy and found Hansen's," Colton said. He typically buys our products from Hy-Vee but has also visited Hansen's Dairy Cedar Falls on occasion.
"Hansen's has a big impact on the local community and does fantastic work in engaging the customers," he says.  
Thanks, Colton! Customers of the Month will 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

Our October Cow of the Month is kind of a blast from the past.

Draco was born Nov. 28, 2015, making her almost 2 years old. However, her father is a very famous Holstein bull named Astronaut, who was born way back in 1964. How is this possible? All of our cows are bred by artificial insemination, so bull semen can be kept frozen for many years and still be viable. Herd manager Blake Hansen has been using bulls of yesteryear to compare the physical characteristics and milk production from the older generation of cows with the cows of today.
So far, he likes what he sees. Draco just calved for the first time on Sept. 9. She has the complete package for a dairy cow: Good feet and legs, good udder quality and a lot of body depth. She's a little on the short side but may grow taller eventually. With her pedigree, she has potential of living a lot of years on the Hansen farm. 
Cooking with Hansen's
This recipe from Half Baked Harvest has all the same flavors of a classic lasagna, but minus all the cooking steps, layers, and time. It's easy, cheap and tastes like a million bucks!  
The spaghetti is tossed with eggs to create a rich and creamy sauce. It sets the dish apart from just another spaghetti casserole. 
Starred ingredients can be purchased from Hansen's Dairy stores. 
Million Dollar Spaghetti     
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 4 eggs*
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Sartori SarVeccio Parmesan cheese*
  • 4 tablespoons Hansen's butter, at room temperature*
  • 1 cup Westby's cottage cheese*
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound Alessio's ground spicy Italian sausage*
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and boil the pasta until al dente according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, parsley and Parmesan. Drain the spaghetti, and add it right back to the hot pot. Add the butter and the egg mixture to the spaghetti, and quickly toss until evenly coated and the eggs have formed a sauce. Add the cottage cheese and cream cheese and toss until combined. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown all over, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the marinara sauce. Spread mixture over the spaghetti. Add the mozzarella cheese in an even layer over top.
  5. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and bake 30 to 45 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is lightly browned on top. Cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve with Parmesan and basil, if desired.
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