November 2012

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Moo Roo 
3015 Kimball Ave. 
Waterloo, IA  
(319) 234-3309
Hansen's Dairy Outlet 
127 E. 18th St. 
Cedar Falls, IA 
(319) 266-3044
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The Real Deal  
Click here for the November coupon:
10% off Porter Family Farms beef through the month of November!

Customer of
the Month

lois Our customer of the Month for November is Lois Mills of Iowa Falls. She shops for our products in Cedar Falls. 

Favorite Hansen's product:
"Milk - it's the only milk my husband will drink."

Why do you shop at Hansen's?
"Best prices for the best milk! Love it!"

Thanks, Lois!

We choose a new customer of the month from each month's entries - go ahead a submit one every month (or every week!) if you think of a new favorite product or reason to shop local at Hansen's. You'll get a $5 gift certificate and a vehicle decal for being featured.

Cash Cow

   We had one big CA$H COW winner in October! Congrats to Kathy Van Daele, of Hudson who won $100 by finding a lucky jug.  

   In November, we will mark 7 jugs with $100 each (look inside the jug at your label when it's empty). Since we mark them at the beginning of the month, your best chance to find a large prize is in the next few days!

  Remember, there are still 10 jugs EVERY WEEK marked with a $5.00 prize. View details here on our website.

  There was one $5 winner this month: David Beck of Cedar Falls.    

Cow of the Month
Meta November's Cow of the Month is Meta. She is 7 1/2 years old and has had one heifer and five bulls in her career. She milks 130 pounds a day and has accumulated 114,266 pounds in her lifetime.


Meta is a quiet beast! She is a large cow with a very nice personality. She is very gentle and loves to be groomed.


Herd manager Blake Hansen says: "When Mitzu (her mother) delivered, I needed an 'M' name. My wife, Jordan, has a running friend named Meta. She is the only Meta I know. When Jordan's friend heard about this cow, she made a special trip to the farm to have her picture taken with her." 


Believe it or not, it's a compliment to have a cow named after you! 

You've met the Hansens,
now meet the rest of the crew!


This month we're heading over to the Waterloo Moo Roo to meet store manager Tom Gilbert.   


Birthday and Age:  2/6/70, 42 years old

Family and life: My girlfriend is Jen and her two girls are Elana (16) and Zoe (12). I enjoy independent and foreign films, truckin' songs, and teaching math.

Favorite ice cream flavor: 
Key Lime Pie. No, wait, Cocomond. It'll change next week again.

Role at Hansen's Dairy: I am the new manager at MooRoo in Waterloo. We're giving the store a new look, so it's been fun and busy rearranging the products we have and finding room for the new ones as well.

What is a typical day like? We move a lot of milk in and out of the store, meet many of our regular customers and suppliers, and I seem to run a lot of analyses on the computer.

Fresh, local beef from
Porter Family Farms


Moo Roo and the Outlet are now carrying field pea-fed local beef. We are carrying ground beef, chuck roast, rump roast, filets, t-bones (actually smaller porterhouse steaks), ribeyes, and top sirloin. Check out the coupon along the side of this newsletter.  


This is a new venture for Clark Porter, manager of his family's business. The farms have been in the family since the 1870s, ever since Clark's great-great grandfather John Porter walked to Reinbeck from the Cedar Falls train station and bought a farm. We asked Clark to share the story of Porter Family Farms...


Hello fellow Hansen Dairy customers. Almost two years ago I left the classroom (I was a middle school teacher) to concentrate on managing my family's farm and raising cattle. Thanks to a family friend, I was given the opportunity to refurbish and use a barn, paddocks and small pasture just south of Waterloo for my cattle. This proved to be the perfect place to raise a small herd of cattle. Due to my personal convictions and research, I have developed a few simple standards that I believe result in a product you will like.


  1. I love animals. I am ethically committed to raising cattle humanely. This means plenty of grassy space and not crowded, industrial feedlots. We owe all animals that sustain us the best quality of life possible. My cattle roam several grassy paddocks and a small pasture.
  2. I raise purebred and hybrid Lowline Angus, a compact breed that is noted for feed efficiency and productivity. These cattle produce smaller cuts of meat, resulting in healthier portions (versus the Frisbee-sized slabs of meat you see at chain stores).
  3. I believe there is room for a sane compromise between grass and grain. I feed my cattle much less grain than standard feedlot cattle. With efficient Lowline Angus, maximum grass and minimal grain still produces quality beef.
  4. I supplement my cattle's diet with field peas. Research at North Dakota State University has demonstrated that cattle fed field pea rations produce more tasty and tender meat. I corresponded with a leading animal scientist at North Dakota State University before beginning this process.
  5. Because my cattle live in a clean, natural setting, they do not receive antibiotic feed additives to keep them healthy. They also do not receive any growth hormones. Industrial feedlots do both in order to maximize gains in an unhealthy environment.

I hope you will enjoy the distinct qualities of Porter Family Farm's beef. To learn more, please visit Porter Family Farms on Facebook.


Turkey Day...


This month, turkeys will be available for order at both the Waterloo Moo Roo and Cedar Falls Outlet locations. The vendors are Groothuis Farm, Genuine Faux Farm, and Bell & Evans Heritage Turkeys.


All turkeys available through Hansen's stores are free-range, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free. If you have any questions about the turkeys, please feel free to contact Eric at the Outlet at 319-266-3044.



Cooking with Hansen's
This month's recipe is from Marcus Samuelson, a Swedish chef now based in the U.S. We don't have Thanksgiving in Sweden (of course) but he's big fan of the holiday now that he's a U.S. resident. Here's his recipe for a new take on a classic dessert. It would even make a really delicious Black Friday breakfast!

Pumpkin Ginger Bread Pudding


Extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups Hansen's cream
4 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 loaf challah or other thick bread, torn into chunks
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, diced
Powdered sugar, for garnish



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the cream, eggs, brown sugar, spices, and vanilla and mix well to combine. Mix in the pumpkin puree. Combine the bread and ginger in a 9x13 pan or other baking dish. Pour the pudding mixture over the bread to cover and let sit for at least 15 minutes, or up to several hours. Bake in the preheated oven until the custard is set, about 25 to 30 minutes.


Serve warm with some Hansen's ice cream on the side.  


(Oh. My. Delicious.)   


Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy / 8617 Lincoln Rd / Hudson, Iowa 50643
Tours: (319) 939-2187 / Creamery: (319) 988-9828