March 2014 
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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  
We have an in-store special this month: Buy $15 of merchandise (after membership discount) and get 1 free pound of butter! No coupon necessary. One pound per customer per day, please.

Customer of
the Month

Our March Customer of the Month is Tom Early of Cedar Falls. 


Favorite Hansen's product:
"Butter. I use it every morning on my toast and in my baking."

Why do you shop at Hansen's?
"Because I like to buy from people in my community."

Thanks, Tom!

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

Congrats to our CA$H COW winners last month!
$5 winners include Mason Fromm, Cedar Falls; Melissa Sweerin, Brandon; Heather Wells, Cedar Falls; and Barbara Van Dyke, Waterloo.

No one found any $100 jugs in February, so in March, we will mark 3 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.

Cow of the Month

The March Cow of the Month is Flynn. This 2-year-old had her first calf, a heifer, on Feb. 3. We named her Flirt.

Flynn must have been caught off-guard for this honor as she didn't have time to beautify herself for the photo. So what if her hair is rumpled and her eartag is crooked. She still looks great, right?

Flynn has become the new favorite on the farm. She is a gentle giant and an incredible cow to work with. She is milking 72 pounds a day (that's 9 gallons) and makes it look easy.

Flynn was named after the character Flynn Rider in "Tangled," a favorite movie of herd manager Blake Hansen's daughter.

It's tour time!
We are ramping up for tour season again. Come out to see how milk gets from the farm to your table! Take a hands-on tour for $12 and ride down to the farm on the trolley, milk a cow, feed a calf, pet kangaroos and goats, make butter and eat ice cream. Call 319-939-2187 to make reservations.

MarketReady training
Are you a farmer/grower interested in selling food to local restaurants or institutions?

Iowa State University Extension - Black Hawk County is offering an Iowa MarketReady training program at Hawkeye Community College on March 25 and 27.

While significant opportunity exists to build on the demand for local products in local markets, many farmers are hesitant or unprepared to meet the transactional requirements required by institutional, wholesale and restaurant buyers to manage food safety, insurance, product quality and traceability risks. This program addresses these issues and seeks to educate food suppliers to succeed in today's markets and continue to be profitable, while utilizing a new marketing stream.  


For workshop information, click here


Celebrating 10 years!
Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy celebrated its 10-year anniversary in February! Jay, Jeanne, Brent, Brad, Blair and Blake Hansen produced the first gallon of Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy milk in our on-farm creamery on Feb. 6, 2004. Four million gallons later, we are still going strong! We'd like to say a big thank-you to our customers for their loyalty. Here's to many more years of fresh, quality dairy products, from our family to yours. 

Record milk prices

Strong global demand and stagnant production in other countries has led to increased exports of U.S. dairy products in recent months, generating more money for dairy farmers but resulting in likely price hikes of 10-20 percent at the retail level in some markets, according to analysts.


Current farm price for milk is about $23 per hundredweight, compared to $17-$18 per hundredweight this time a year ago.  


Here at Hansen's, we found it necessary to raise our wholesale and retail fluid milk prices. We appreciate your continued support.


For the full story, click here.


2014 Farm Bill and You
On February 7, the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the "Farm Bill," was signed into law by President Obama.

What is the Farm Bill? It sets policies and programs related to food and agriculture for the next five years. It's expensive - $956 billion - and expansive - everything from crop insurance to food stamps and nutrition programs.

Where does all that money go? Several places. Most of the money (nearly 80%) goes to food stamps and nutrition programs. About 10% is dedicated to crop insurance. The remaining 10% is for conservation, commodity programs, and everything else in the bill. This pie chart shows it pretty clearly:
What does the Farm Bill mean for consumers? Many consumers won't notice it at all. Consumers who receive nutrition assistance will benefit, as will families with children who eat school lunch.

Find out more details about the Farm Bill in this easy-to-read blog from The Dairy Mom.


Hansen's products at the Hartman Reserve Maple Syrup Festival
pancakes On March 1 and 2 (Saturday and Sunday), the annual Maple Syrup Festival takes place at Hartman Nature Reserve in Cedar Falls. The festival includes loads of activities like nature art, viewing the maple syrup "sugaring" process, and of course catching pancakes flipped by Chris Cakes.

Hansen's will again be providing milk, cream and butter for the breakfast.

Tickets are available in advance and at the door. Click here for more information.


Feeding Black Hawk County region
From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 7, community leaders, elected officials, school administrators, food businesses and organizations interested in building strong community economic relations around locally grown foods are invited to learn about...
  • New local food enterprises in our region
  • Economic impacts of locally-grown foods in our region
  • New economic development opportunities
  • Addressing hunger in our region
  • Increasing access to good food
  • Opportunities to work with others in our region
Where: Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE) at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls

To Register: Register online by clicking here or calling Kamyar Enshayan at (319) 273-7575



Cedar Valley Local Food Fair

Hansen's Dairy will be at the Cedar Valley Local Food Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15.

Where: Grout Museum, Waterloo

Description: Meet CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers and sign-up to receive fresh, local produce all season long! Sample delicious recipes that you can make at home, try fun food activities, and learn how to find fresh, local food right here in the Cedar Valley!
  • Free & open to the public 
  • Free popcorn samples 
  • Cooking demonstrations, recipes, and samples 
  • Free homemade butter-making activity 
Who is coming: Blue Zones, Hansen's Dairy, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn, Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition, NE Iowa Food Bank, Mt Acres (Parkersburg), Annie's Gardens and Greens (Ft. Atkinson), Genuine Faux Farm (Tripoli), Kaiser Farm (Waverly), Bloomin Wooley Acres (Nashua), TD N' Guy Garden Oasis (Coggon), A Family Market Place (Waterloo).



recipeCooking with Hansen's


Who's tired of winter? Who's craving something that reminds
them of summer, heat, sunshine, picnics, flip-flops, and sprinklers? Well, we are. So this month we offer you a recipe for lemon meringue pie - that sweet, tangy, deliciously summery dessert. The recipe is adapted, slightly, from allrecipes.com.


  • 1 cup sugar, plus 6 tablespoons for meringue  
  • 2 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • Juice and zest of 2 good-sized lemons
  • 2 tablespoons Hansen's salted butter
  • 4 eggs, separated
    • Yolks go in one bowl, beaten slightly
    • Whites go in a separate bowl  
  • 1 pie crust (9-inch), pre-baked


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the lemon filling:

In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until it comes to a boil and then stir in butter. Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot sugar mixture. Whisk the  egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. (With this process, you are tempering the egg yolks to make sure that the yolks get creamy, not cooked too fast.) Bring to a boil again and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick and then remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pie crust. 


For the meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl (NOT plastic), whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually while continuing to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over the lemon filling, sealing the edges at the crust with a rubber spatula.


Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the meringue gets a light golden color on top. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving. Serve with berries.  


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