June 2013
National Dairy Month 

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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

Hansen's Tour Center
8461 Lincoln Rd.
Hudson, IA 50643
(319) 939-2187 

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The Real Deal  
Stock up on meat for the grill, just in time for Father's Day cookouts! Click here for the June coupon:

Buy $20 of meat,* get a FREE gallon of milk!

*after membership discount

Read our blog!  
Have you read our blog? We publish stories about the cows, our products, family life on the farm and health issues. Here's the latest post:


Blake Hansen:
Cattle Ob-Gyn

About 200 calves are born each year at Hansen's Dairy, and Herd Manager Blake Hansen serves as a type of cattle ob-gyn for the expecting cows. While difficulties during labor are uncommon, difficult labors are very hard on the cows and can lead to diminished milking productivity and decreased fertility. For these reasons, Blake keeps a close eye on the cows near the end of their 9-month pregnancy. Read more...

Customer of
the Month

Our June Customer of the Month is Tami Halvorson of Cedar Falls, Iowa.


Favorite Hansen's products:
"Milk, and lots of it!"

Why do you shop at Hansen's?
"My children are able to drink the milk without problems. No more diaper rashes for the baby. We've been drinking it for five years now."

Customers of the Month get a $5 gift certificate and a vehicle decal for being featured in our newsletter.

Cash Cow
Congrats to $100 winner Blake Ridenour of Waterloo and $5 winner Melissa Goodwin of Waterloo! In June, we will mark 5 jugs with $100 (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. 

Farmers' markets
Remember to visit your local farmers' markets this summer! For more information, check out the Buy Fresh Buy Local food guide.

Silos & Smokestacks summer camp for kids
Silos & Smokestacks is again offering a day camp for 3rd- through 7th-graders this summer. Every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the campers will visit a different Heritage Area site, including Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy. For more information, click here.

Solar Splash
The Solar Splash is an annual event - the World Championship of Intercollegiate Solar/Electric Boating. From June 12 through June 16, this international competition will take place at George Wyth Lake in Waterloo. During the event, spectators will have a great view of the boats from the shore, a chance to talk to the teams, and look at the solar-powered boats. Plus, Hansen's will be there - with ice cream sandwiches for the competitors! For more information, visit their web site.

Meet our employees!  


KelbyRobbThis month we want to introduce you to our new intern, whose position is made possible with funding from Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Kelby will be helping out with tours and farm marketing this summer. 

Name: Kelby Robb

Hometown: Vinton, Iowa

Family/Background: My family is very close, and we enjoy working together on our family's 110-acre Century Farm outside Vinton. The farm has been in our family since 1891. We have a small beef production operation raising Angus/Shorthorn cattle, but often have many other animals on the farm including sheep, pigs, horses and even the occasional llama or flock of ducks - it's almost like Old McDonald's Farm!

Education: I am a senior at the University of Northern Iowa and will graduate in December with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and minors in Journalism and Marketing. Upon graduating, I would like to be involved with sports or the agriculture industry.

Most excited about this summer: I am very excited to have the opportunity to educate guests about agriculture in Iowa and the importance of supporting our farmers.  

Favorite Ice cream flavor: Raspberry 


Coming soon:
C'est La V baked goods!  

CestLaVBakeryWe are excited to announce that Moo Roo will soon be selling baked goods from C'est La V Bakery.

VickyDunn Owner Vicky Dunn of Waterloo worked at her family's cheese factory in Wisconsin for 20 years before attending the French Pastry School in Chicago in 2010. She moved to Waterloo in October 2011 and now makes delicious sourdough breads, croissants, pastries and cookies out of her home. She uses products found at our stores, including Hansen's milk and butter and Tim Laughlin's honey. Look for her baked goods at Moo Roo beginning July 1!

To find out more about Vicky and C'est La V Bakery, check out her Facebook page and a recent article in the Courier about Vicky using spent grains from a beer brewery.
Calf of the Month

Hansen-Eyelash We couldn't resist highlighting our little preemie calf, Eyelash, as June Cow of the Month.


On May 20, two calves were born on the farm: a Red & White Holstein bull on his due date (right) and a Black & White Holstein heifer 46 days early (left). That's right, almost 7 weeks early! Cows have the same gestation as humans (9 months) so it is quite significant that she survived and is now thriving. She weighed about 47 pounds at birth, whereas full-term calves weigh 80-100 pounds, as you can tell from the differences in these two calves. The irony? Her mother's name is Enormous (whom we have also previously featured as Cow of the Month).


Eyelash has made quite a smash on Facebook. As a result of many people sharing the photo, 5,886 people were reached. A normal Hansen's post usually reaches between 500 and 1,000 people. 

Eyelash is just the right size to hang out with the Hansen grandkids. 


Hansen's dairy products
available in Cedar Rapids  

NewBoMarket Cedar Rapids-area customers: Check us out at the NewBo City Market or Cedar Rapids Outdoor Farmers' Market this summer! We have been selling milk, butter, cream and cheese curds at Newbo for about 6 weeks and appeared at the Outdoor Market for the first time June 1. We will be at the Outdoor Market on these Saturdays: June 15, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, and Sept. 21. We will be at Newbo on the opposite Saturdays throughout the summer. If you've been making the trip to Waterloo for our products, check us out on Saturdays in your hometown instead!  



Cooking with Hansen's

And this month, another fantastic holiday: Father's Day!  We've put together a couple of easy recipes for a complete dinner. It involves lots of grilling and even dessert. Remember to use the coupon on our web site for the meat!


My Dad's Favorite BBQ Sauce

This would be delicious slathered on pretty much any meat that you want to grill. Try it on steaks, burgers, or chicken from our stores.

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup catsup
2 tsp orange peel finely shredded
1/3 cup orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs vinegar
1 Tbs steak sauce
1/2 tsp prepared mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp each: garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, hot sauce
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/4 cup bourbon (totally optional, but so tasty...could use apple juice instead, or just skip this step)

Combine all ingredients, except bourbon, and cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until onions are transparent. Add bourbon or juice, if using, and simmer for 10 more minutes. Use as barbecue sauce.


Grilled Veggies (with cheese!) 


1. Any combination of your favorite veggies, sliced in rounds as big as you can. Zucchini or summer squash sliced into diagonal coins, eggplant, sliced tomato, sweet potato, even apples. You could also use corn on the cob, but cut the cobs into thirds for grilling.
2. Cheese, especially sharp Cheddar, sliced fairly thin.

Brush the veggie slices with a bit of olive oil on both sides. Place slices directly on the grill over medium-low heat. Check occasionally and flip when nice and browned. Place a slice of cheese on some of the veggie slices and let it melt while the other side cooks. Serve veggies with and without cheese as a side dish.

Roasted Strawberries (with ice cream!)


4 cups strawberries

1 tsp sugar

Hansen's vanilla ice cream

Optional: Extras for garnish...oreos, marshmallows,
    chocolate chips, mint leaves, etc. 


Preheat oven to 350. Hull and halve strawberries and toss with sugar. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roast the strawberries for 20 minutes. Transfer strawberries and juices to a bowl and cool a bit. Serve over ice cream with whichever garnish you choose.  


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