November 2017
Photo of the Month
November is a month of gratitude, and we want to thank all of our customers who attended our Down on the Farm Breakfast on Oct. 21!
We served almost 400 people all-you-can-eat pancakes and Great River Maple local syrup, Beeler's ham, Timeless Prairie apples, Country View Dairy and O'Brien's Own yogurt parfaits, Sidecar coffee and Wilson's apple cider. While it was a blustery day, folks still enjoyed visiting the farm, meeting our cows, calves and goats, and getting to see our kangaroo Scooter hopping around.  
Congrats to our $25 gift certificate winners: Jean Aldrich of Cedar Falls, who won the door prize drawing, and Mike Hollen of Waterloo, who was the winner of the "Guess the Hay Bale Weight" contest. He guessed 650 pounds, and the bale weighed 640 pounds.  
Hope to see you all again next year! For more on the 2017 breakfast, read the Waterloo Courier article  and view photos on our Facebook page.   

Cash Cow

We had two big winners in our October CA$H COW contest! Congrats to two customers from Waterloo, who each found a $100 jug.

Teresa Phillips of Cedar Falls, Kim Kasischke of Cedar Falls, one customer from Waterloo, and one from Walker also found $5 jugs.

We will label 11 jugs with $100 in November. 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 November coupon:

$1.00 off any one package of
Great River Maple syrup or maple cream! 






Turkeys, hams available at Hansen's stores
Remember to get your turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving at Hansen's Dairy!
We are NOT doing pre-orders of hams or turkeys this year. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't worry, we order plenty! We will have separate shipments of hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
For questions about the hams and turkeys, call our stores in Waterloo (319-234-3309) or Cedar Falls (319-266-3044).
thanksgiving_turkey_2.jpg Bell & Evans turkeys  
  • Heirloom turkeys raised in Pennsylvania, specifically for our order.
  • Sold FRESH, not frozen, for Thanksgiving.
  • Available for sale at our stores Nov. 17.
  • Fed an all-vegetarian diet, never given antibiotics, minimally processed, no basting ingredients, no artificial ingredients. Meat is considered "light" by USDA standards
  • Weights range from 6 to 20 pounds.
Hansen's Hams (new lower price this year!)  
  • From Webster City Custom Meats in Webster City, Iowa.
  • Sold FRESH, not frozen, for Thanksgiving.
  • Available for sale at our stores Nov. 14.
  • Bone-in, shankless, cured only with their own natural juices and certified hickory smoked, made especially for Hansen's customers.
  • Two sizes: half hams (7-9 lbs, serves 10) and whole hams (15-18 lbs, serves 20).
Beeler's ABF (Antibiotic-Free) Hams  
  • From Lemars, Iowa.
  • Sold FRESH, not frozen for Thanksgiving.
  • Available for sale at our stores Nov. 14.
  • No antibiotics, bone-in, uncured, fully cooked.
  • Limited supply of half hams (7-8 lbs) and whole hams (14-15 pounds).
Cheese lovers, unite!
Get in the holiday spirit and treat your taste buds at the fourth annual
Festival of Cheese!
DAY: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017    
TIME: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
LOCATION: Hansen's Dairy Waterloo, 3015 Kimball Ave.  
COST: Free
DETAILS: Sample our high-quality cheeses and hams, available for your holiday gatherings. Receive 10% off any cheese purchased during the event. There will be free peppermint soft-serve cones, Sidecar Coffee, and Hansen's hot chocolate and egg nog. There's even a craft for the kids! For more information click here.  
Cheese baskets make a great gift!
Are you wondering what to get for that person who has everything? A gift basket full of delicious and locally sourced foods can make a perfect gift.  
At Hansen's Dairy we have seven different choices for premade baskets - Breakfast Basket, Movie Night, Cheddar Basket and more. Baskets are made to order, so be sure to call ahead to give us time to assemble. Items are limited to quantities on hand. View our selection form here.     

Contact your favorite Hansen's Dairy location to order your basket today, or call Jeanne at (319) 939-2187.
Customer of the Month
Jean Aldrich 
The November Customer of the Month is Jean Aldrich of Cedar Falls.

Jean was the winner of our $25 gift certificate at our Down on the Farm Breakfast last month, which was her first time visiting the Hudson location. She typically shops at our Cedar Falls store for the milk, ice cream and other local products.

Jean, a mother of four, first heard about Hansen's products by word-of-mouth. Now, it's the go-to choice for her 12-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy. 

"I couldn't get her to drink white milk without some sort of flavoring until we found Hansen's," Jean said. "Now she won't drink any other white milk."    
Thanks, Jean! Customers of the Month generally 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 November Cow of the Month is celebrating her 3rd birthday this month.

Nascar was born Nov. 4, 2014. She is polled (born without horns, a very desirable trait), a Red & White Holstein, and has extremely long teats. We call those "good handles" in the dairy industry!
Nascar just gave birth to her second calf on Oct. 6. She is producing 76 pounds of milk a day (almost 10 gallons). She had a rare occurrence happen - her uterus prolapsed after her most recent birth - but she got all put back together and is doing great!  
Hansen's 'legen-dairy' cow passes on
Len was born in 2004, the same year the creamery was established. She has been a fixture on the farm almost as long as Blake Hansen has been herd manager.
Anyone visiting the farm in the past few years has likely asked the question, "Why is that cow out roaming free?"

That's Len, who at age 13 was our oldest cow. She was free to roam the farm because we wanted to keep her from being hurt living in the barn among the other younger cows. In October, we made the difficult decision to send her peacefully to that big green pasture in the sky, as she was arthritic and losing weight.

Before that, we took some photos around the farm. Len was "Established in 2004," the same year as our on-farm creamery, so she has been pumping out milk for almost as long as the creamery has. She produced over 300,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime and was a great-great-great-great grandmother to a calf born on the farm this summer. She was a tough-as-nails matriarch, had a beautiful frame and was rated "Excellent" by cow classification standards. Len truly was "Legen-dairy," and she will be missed!
Cooking with Hansen's
This delicious pasta bake is a perfect way to use fall's butternut squash bounty.  
Starred ingredients can be purchased from Hansen's Dairy stores. 
Butternut Squash Parmesan Pasta     
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Serves: 6
3 cups (12 oz) penne pasta
3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups (32 oz.) chicken stock
1 cup Hansen's heavy cream*
2 Tbsp. Hansen's butter*
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 fresh sage leaves, chopped, plus additional for garnish
2 cups (8 oz.) Sartori SarVeccio Parmesan cheese, shredded*  
In Dutch oven or large saute pan, combine pasta, squash, shallot, garlic, stock, cream, butter, salt, pepper and 3 chopped sage leaves. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat to medium; cook at a gentle boil 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta and squash are cooked through and sauce has reduced somewhat and begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Add parmesan and mix well (the sauce will thicken more). Garnish with fresh chopped sage and serve immediately.    
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