May 2016
Photo of the Month
April showers bring rainbows! Here the Hansen cows are oblivious to the vivid colors in the sky, but together they make a nice photo. See more fun photos of farm happenings when you follow us on Instagram. Then take a tour of the farm and tag "hansen_dairy" with your photos!

Hands-on tours take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (by appointment only). Reserve your spot today by calling (319) 939-2187. Participants can take a trolley ride around the farm (weather permitting), milk a cow, bottle-feed a calf, pet kangaroos, make your own butter and enjoy our tasty products. Hansen's Dairy is proud to be part of the local food movement and we enjoy showing people how our milk gets from the cow to their table. More info on our website.
Are you ready to celebrate in May? 
With Mother's Day, graduations and Memorial Day coming in May, Hansen's Dairy has your special occasion needs!

Hansen's Dairy store in Waterloo will have free sundaes for moms on Mother's Day, May 8. Hansen's Dairy store in Cedar Falls will have free "cow-size" ice cream cones that day for moms as well.

If you're looking for a larger treat to take home, Hansen's Dairy has the ice cream cakes to make your mom feel special! We have pre-decorated cakes on hand for easy pick-up, or you can special order her favorite flavors. Our cakes are homemade with our delicious ice cream.

Memorial Day (May 30) isn't the same without the food! Be sure to pick up some of our Hansen's Dairy extra lean ground beef for all your grilling needs. Our dairy ground beef is raised under the same guidelines as our milking cows. We also carry an assortment of other beef, pork, bison and chicken.

We are a great source of delicious products for your graduation parties! Are you planning an ice cream bar? We sell our many flavors of ice cream in half-gallons and in 3-gallon tubs. For grill-outs, we have many options for meat and can get accommodate big orders. Planning on a popcorn machine for your party? We can special order larger bags of Tiny But Mighty heirloom popcorn. There are many other food options we can assist with as well!

We do still have some openings for rental of our Tour Center. If you are worried about weather and want an indoor option with outdoor space as well, this might be the perfect place. 

If you want to find out more information on any of the products above, call us at any of our store locations: Waterloo 319-234-3309, Cedar Falls 319-266-3044, or Hudson 319-939-2187.

Cedar Falls store offering fresh Milkbox bread daily 
Milkbox Bakery breads

Hansen's Dairy in Cedar Falls is now selling a variety of freshly baked breads by Milkbox Bakery, Monday through Saturday of each week. Milkbox Bakery is a new business owned and operated by Andrea Geary of Cedar Falls. Geary previously owned and operated a retail/commercial bakery in Illinois before returning to her home state of Iowa, where she worked for a time at UNI advocating for local food and farms. 
Milkbox Bakery focuses on artisan breads, sandwich loaves, pastries, and specialty desserts hand-crafted daily with locally produced ingredients. Hansen's Dairy will offer a variety of breads from Rustic White sandwich loaves to a grain-dense Mightiest Multigrain, with the potential for more products to come. 
Milkbox Bakery also offers a subscription and weekly delivery service for their breads and pastries, with custom-made specialty desserts available for delivery as well. Subscribers receive a hand-built milkbox to store near their front door for receiving their weekly deliveries, which was the inspiration for the name of the business. 
For more information, or to sign up for weekly deliveries, visit Milkbox Bakery's website at, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or contact Andrea at (319) 242-1624 or

Prize Tornado is coming to Hansen's Dairy stores!
A storm of prizes is coming to the Cedar Valley, and you could win! 

Hansen's Dairy stores in Waterloo and Cedar Falls are excited for 93.5 The Mix's Prize Tornado events. Customers can play Plinko for a chance to win instant prizes from Hansen's Dairy or 93.5 The Mix, or a ticket to the Prize Tornado finale party, where you'll step into a cash cube for a chance to win cash and prizes! 
  • Our Waterloo store will host a prize stop on Thursday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. 
  • Our Cedar Falls store will be host a prize stop on Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Hansen's Dairy instant prizes include a free gallon of milk, free bag of cheese curds or a free ice cream sundae. Also during the two-hour event, anyone who makes a $10 purchase will receive a free half-pint of ice cream!

The 93.5 The Mix Finale party will be held at Old Chicago on Thursday, June 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Customer of the Month
The May Customers of the Month are Roger and Kathleen Struck of Eldora.

The Strucks visit Hansen's Dairy farm regularly to load up on products for themselves, their daughter's family and some neighbors. They've been buying products for as long as they can remember. The family will even buy 40-pound blocks of cheese to take home to shred and share. 

Kathleen's favorite product is Chocolate Turtle Ice Cream. Their grandchildren love Hansen's milk. One of their 9-year-old grandkids said he likes to drink the whole milk because "it's got everything in it" (all the cream)! They also like the string cheese.

Thanks, Roger and Kathleen! Customers of the Month receive a $5 gift certificate for our stores and hands-on tour passes for the farm. Submit your entries at our Hansen's Dairy stores in Waterloo and Cedar Falls. 
Cows of the Month
The May Cow of the Month is Shantel. This summer she will be nine years old. Of her seven calves, five were girls (heifers) and two were boys (bulls). The heifers have grown up to be some of the best cows in the barn! She is a good cow and great to work with.
To date, Shantel has given us 154,000 pounds of milk with high milkfat percentages! Currently, she is milking 146 pounds a day. It is so natural for her that she makes it look easy. She is a big cow, standing almost 5'6" tall. This large frame gives her more room to store food in her (rumen) stomach. The more food a cow can digest, the more milk she is able to produce. On average, a cow will eat 90-100 pounds of food a day. Shantel surely surpasses that amount on a regular basis. 
Genuine Faux Farm CSAs
Genuine Faux Farm will be selling certified organic heirloom vegetable plants at the Cedar Falls Hansen's Dairy store on three Thursdays in May.  They will offer tomato, pepper, eggplant, lettuce and other vegetable plants May 12, 19, and 26 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

GFF is a certified organic vegetable and poultry farm located near Tripoli.  If growing your own garden is not for you, let GFF be your "personal farmers" when you subscribe to their vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

Genuine Faux Farm delivers vegetable shares "market style" so customers can see the vegetables and have choices from each type of vegetables. While selecting the produce, customers can talk with their farmers, Rob and Tammy Faux, about growing methods or get ideas about how to prepare the vegetables. Brochures and sign-up information are available in both Hansen's Dairy stores in Cedar Falls and Waterloo.
Cooking with Hansen's
Marinated Cheese

Yield: 10 servings
Total Time: 3 hours 15 mins
Adapted from Midwest Dairy Association

This sophisticated yet simple-to-prepare appetizer will dress up any cocktail party or social gathering. The starred ingredients can be purchased at Hansen's Dairy stores.

  • 8 oz block Cheddar Cheese* 
  • 8 oz block Mozzarella Cheese* 
  • ⅓ cup California Olive Ranch olive oil* 
  • ⅓ cup white wine vinegar 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 
  • cup roasted red pepper, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion 
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • teaspoon dried basil (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
  • teaspoon salt 
  • teaspoon pepper 
Cut cheese into slices, approximately 20 slices per 8 ounce block. Arrange slices in a flat 9 x 13 dish with sides touching. Mix remaining ingredients in a 2-cup measuring cup and pour over cheese slices. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Drain off marinade from the cheese slices, leaving the red and green bits on cheese. Arrange the cheese on a serving plate with whole grain crackers or baguette slices. The leftover marinade (approximately cup) may be used later on salads.

Recipe created by 3-Every-Day™ of Dairy
Cash Cow
We had several April winners in our CA$H COW contest, including a pair of big prizewinners! Amy Dutton of Dike and Shari Krull of Waterloo each found a $100 jug. Murray Van Dyke of Waterloo, Cheryl Scott of Reinbeck and Craig Hintzman of Cedar Falls also each found a $5 jug. Keep those eyes open for the winning jugs!
Every month we mark several of our gallon milk jugs with either $5 or $100 under the label. Look inside the jug toward the label to see a "5" or "100". There are 10 jugs EVERY WEEK marked with a $5.00 prize. There will be three lucky jugs marked with $100 in May. 

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