All Systems Go For Open House On Saturday

Hansen’s Dairy will be hosting a open house THIS SATURDAY from 10 am to 1 pm at the farm. Come help us celebrate our new tour center with ice cream, product sampling and trolley tours!

WHAT: Open House

WHEN: Saturday, June 30th from 10 am to 1 pm

WHERE: Hansen’s Dairy Farm, 8617 Eldora Rd, Hudson, IA

NOTICE: Despite road closing signs, our farm is still accessible from Hwy 58!

Hope to see you Saturday!

Written by: Christine Schick

Family, Farm animals, Today on the Farm

Today on the Farm: Mermaids, Dandelions and Sunsets

The Hansen family had an occasion to celebrate on Sunday. Baby Beckett (son of Blake and Jordan) came home after a nasty virus landed him in the hospital for two days. He made it home just in time to celebrate his big sister Reese’s 3rd birthday. We all gathered at the dome for Dora mermaid-themed cake and ice cream.


Afterward the youngsters went outside to see who could pluck the longest dandelion. Blake is the judge while the kids thrash around the hayfield and bring back their finds. The stems are usually about 2 feet long. The cows in the background are very curious about the night’s activities.



Even the little girls (Bridget, Mollie and Reese) get in on the fun and make a game out of hiding in the crops.


The night was capped off by a gorgeous sun setting above the pond. Brent, Sam, Sara and Sadie went down to enjoy the view.


Even though we work together all day, it’s great to have some downtime to enjoy the wide open spaces on the farm with the fam.

Written by Jordan Hansen

Cooking with the Hansens

Cooking with the Hansens

Looking to spice up snack time this summer? Here’s a tasty frozen treat that’s guaranteed to keep you cool and satisfy that sweet tooth!

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Squares

Servings: 9  

Prep Time: 10 minutes


1 can (14 oz) fat-free sweetened condensed milk, divided

Non-stick cooking spray

1 cup Post Grape-Nuts or similar cereal

Pinch ground cloves

1 package (10 oz) frozen strawberries (about 2 ½ cups)

3 cups Country View Dairy 1% Strawberry Yogurt (available in multiple sizes at our stores)


Measure 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk; set aside. Line 8 x 8 inch baking pan with foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine cereal, cinnamon, cloves and remainder of sweetened condensed milk. Spread cereal mixture evenly on bottom of pan; place in freezer.

Place strawberries and yogurt in a blender; cover and blend. Add 1 cup sweetened condensed milk; blend until smooth. Pour mixture over cereal, smoothing to edges of pan. Cover with foil (or plastic wrap) and freeze 8 hours or until firm.

Use edges of foil to loosen and remove from pan; let that for 5 to 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

Tip: Squares may be individually wrapped and stored in freezer for single serving.


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Written by: Christine Schick


2012 Solar Splash at George Wyth Park gets a taste of Hansen’s famous ice cream!

The University of Southhampton team, from the United Kingdom, enjoyed our oatmeal chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches during the Solar Splash today.
We caught up with the UNI Solar Splash team just after they got out of the water for a photo. Don’t worry, they got ice cream too!


Written by: Christine Schick

Today on the Farm

Today on the Farm: A photo shoot from Hellman Advertising!

As a new feature of our blog, Today on the Farm posts will talk about what’s happening on the farm that day. A wide variety of topics will be covered; ranging from cheese curd making to cutting hay to the work being done on the tour center.

Today on the farm was a little different than most days because today the farm was participating in a photo shoot, courtesy of Hellman Advertising.  In May, Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy was the winner of a Marketing Makeover contest by Hellman Advertising out of Waterloo, Iowa. In the fall of 2011, the agency asked local businesses to submit a wish list for free marketing assistance. In a random drawing, Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy was awarded the Marketing Makeover, valued at $5,000! We decided to use this unique gift towards new photos of the farm, creamery, tour center, and our two retail stores, the Cedar Falls Outlet and the MooRoo in Waterloo. Here’s a peek at some of the action from today.

Daryl from Hellman getting ready to take some photos of Brent loading the delivery truck.
Daryl from Hellman snapping shots of bottling whole milk.

The photos captured from today will be used on our website, brochure, blog, and other promotional items so be on the lookout for new images about what’s going on at Hansen’s Dairy Farm!

Written by: Christine Schick

Cooking with the Hansens

Cooking with the Hansen’s


Kale is plentiful at the market by now. This salad is a really nice way to use it – sweet and salty all at once. Stop by one of the Hansen’s retail stores in Cedar Falls or Waterloo to get delicious olive oil and blue cheese.

Raw Kale Salad

1 bunch kale
3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt or sea salt
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/2 cup dried cranberries/craisins (or cherries would be delicious too)
3/4 cup small-diced apple
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (or walnuts, pecans, or sliced almonds)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Wash the kale and pat it dry. Remove the tough stalks so just the leaves remain. Stack the kale leaves two or three at a time, roll them up, and slice the leaves into ribbons (1/4 to 1/2 inch).

Place the kale ribbons in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle on the salt and massage it into the kale with your fingers for two minutes. You’ll notice the kale start to turn a darker green and the texture of the kale will begin to soften a bit.

Toss in the red onions, craisins, apples, and sunflower seeds. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and sugar. Pour over the salad and toss. Sprinkle cheese over the top and serve.