August 2017
Photo of the Month

Finally, our kangaroos and cows meet!

Scooter, our 10-month old female kangaroo, has been out and about visiting Hy-Vee grocery stores in the Cedar Valley and interacting with tour visitors. Herd manager and kangaroo caregiver Blake Hansen decided to finally introduce the cows to the kangaroo.

Although they live in close proximity on our farm, the kangaroos and cows have never really been visible to each other, so the cows are certainly curious about this strange animal near their pen. Scooter is used to being the center of attention, so she wasn't as interested in the cows as they appeared to be with her.

The meeting went well. Later, Blake observed the cows trying out their hopping skills.  

Cash Cow

We had three winners in our July CA$H COW contest. Congrats to Kelli Headington and Beau Bridges of Waterloo, and Jane Gadow of Cedar Falls, who each found a $5 jug. Since no one found any $100 jugs, we will label eight jugs with $100 in August. 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". 


  couponSave money when making this month's recipe! Enjoy our August coupon:

Extra 10% off Bongard's American Cheese Slices        




Sweet deals on Hansen's ice cream treats
We have lots of days to celebrate this month! Check out Hansen's Dairy Waterloo for some sweet deals on these treats that have their own national holiday in August:

Aug. 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day 
Aug. 6: National Root Beer Float Day 
Aug. 18: National Soft Ice Cream Day 
Aug. 25: National Banana Split Day  
Back-to-school brain boosters
Families in every neighborhood are thinking about back-to-school season, and with each new school year comes transitions - to a new grade, a new classroom, or a new school building. There's one essential component that doesn't have to transition out of your regular daily routine: Hansen's Dairy products. 
School days can be hectic. We can help. Follow these tips to ensure your kids receive the nutrients they need during breakfast and throughout the day!
  • Serve breakfast with a glass of our Whole Milk to keep kids fuller longer. Better yet, pour our milk over some cereal and add your favorite fruit for added nutrients.
  • Keep your kids smiling all day by packing a handful of Hansen's White Cheddar Cheese Curds in their sack lunch. 
  • Did you know chocolate milk helps refuel athletes after a big workout? Keep your fridge at home stocked with our 1% Chocolate Milk for your kids to enjoy after their daily practice!
Sweet corn arriving in August from C.F. farmer
Deep Root Acres owner Blake Carlson of Cedar Falls will have sweet corn available at Hansen's Dairy stores in August.

Carlson wants to move away from commonly grown GMO soy and field corn. He likes the alternative of a polyculture system, which uses several different types of plants to keep the soil packed with nutrients year-round.
In order to create a nutrient dense plant, Carlson uses a mulch base for his crops to grow in. Over time, the mulch decays into its base nutrients.

"When you look at an undisturbed forest, God did it right. I want to mimic that in the way I farm," explained Carlson. He does not use any genetically modified plants, nor does he spray harsh chemicals on his produce at any stage.

At present, Carlson is growing sweet potatoes, flowers and berries. He specializes in sweet corn. This fall Carlson will also be planting 4-5 acres of nut trees. For more information, visit his Facebook page.  
Customer of the Month
Janell Slight 
The August Customer of the Month is Janell Slight of Cedar Falls.

Janell started purchasing Hansen's milk many years ago at Fareway in Cedar Falls. Once the Hansen's Dairy stores opened in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, she began shopping there.

"I love that your milk doesn't have the 'plastic container' taste that so many brands do," Janell said. 

She also enjoys sampling the Wisconsin cheeses and other local foods at the Waterloo store's Festival of Cheese each December.

"The fact that you allow many local producers to sell their products in your store is a huge attraction for me," she says.

Thanks, Janell! Customers of the Month will 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 current Cow of the Month will celebrate her 5th birthday in August.

Apollo will also share her birth month with her fourth baby, as she is due to calve on Aug. 10.

Apollo is a fantastic cow to have in the barn. She is trouble-free and has highly desirable dairy traits. She has passed down those traits to the three heifers she's already given birth to, so hopefully there is another girl on the way here in August! 
Cooking with Hansen's
This souped-up version of macaroni and cheese uses lots of dairy products for an easy, filling meal on those busy school nights. Make sure to use the coupon this month on Bongard's American slices - those slices make the best macaroni and cheese! Starred items can be purchased at Hansen's Dairy stores.

Easy Mac 'n' Cheesy Soup    
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup small elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups Hansen's milk*
  • 6 ounces Bongard's American cheese slices*
  • 2 Tbsp Hansen's butter*
  • ½ cup peas
  • 2 Tbsp cooked, crumbled bacon*
Bring water to a boil; add macaroni. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 8 minutes. Do not drain. Add milk and heat until almost boiling. Add cheese and butter, then stir until melted. Add peas and bacon and heat through. 
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