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Kestin's Corner - We're more than a brand, we're a family.

Kestin’s Corner

Hempler’s isn’t just a Brand, it’s a family…
    …and not just any family, it’s my family.

There are living, breathing people who interact daily to make the ham, bacon, and sausages that many have grown up with over the past nearly 80 years. Times have changed, it’s no longer my Grandfather, Father and me hand twisting the sausages- true! However my father and I are involved each and every day. And I am more passionate about our humble family (company) than perhaps ever before.

Food in general is a passion of mine. Combine food with family — or any person, for that matter — and I have all I need! I love to connect with people over food, reminisce about favorite memories with them (which, let’s face it, usually involve food), and dream about the future (again, food is always in there). C’mon, you have to admit you have already thought about a favorite meal you can’t wait to make or order sometime this week and have made plans with family or friends, right? That’s what I’m talking about! In this time, when a million different options are available to us for any one thing we could possibly need, don’t you go with the familiar option? The one you know and trust? I do!

That said, I’m so glad you’re here! Let’s connect! About food. About family. About life. I want to share with you what the Hempler family is all about. I want to share my story, my memories, and my hopes for the future with you. And I’d love to hear from you too!

Hempler’s Supports Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington with Mariners Doubles

For the past few years we’ve run a “Hempler’s Doubles” fundraising campaign with the Seattle Mariners. We committed to donating $50 to Make-A-Wish locally for each double hit by the Mariners over the course of a season – and in 2019, they hit it out of the park. By...

Top 10 Facebook Posts of 2020

It's always fun to look back on the year and see what you guys were into on our social media pages. Turns out, you all love bacon, you love sandwiches, and you love supporting our community. We knew we liked you! Here's our countdown of the Top Ten posts on our...

Your Holiday Ham Options From Hempler’s

Are you planning your Christmas dinner menu? Don't forget the ham! Hempler's offers some of the highest-quality options around and there's something for everyone. Here's your complete list of ham options from Hempler's. Boneless Whole Hams Old Fashioned Whole Ham...

We Love Meals on Wheels!

Meals on Wheels does fantastic work for seniors in our community. This year has been especially difficult for many, and Meals on Wheels has stepped up their game. In 2020, they have averaged nearly 12,000 meals EACH MONTH to homebound seniors in Whatcom County. Most...

Hempler’s Receives Housing Hero Award from Lydia Place

At Hempler's, we are passionate about our community. For the past 80 years we have been humbled to have received their support, and we consider it a privilege to be able to support our neighbors in return. We have enjoyed a partnership with Lydia Place in Bellingham...

Hempler’s Supports “No Child Sleeps Outside” Campaign

There is a crisis in our community and it's only grown bigger with the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are struggling to maintain their housing after losing their jobs. Layoffs. Closures. Parents unable to go to work because their children are remote schooling and...

Make-a-Wish Foundation’s “WOW: Wonder of Wishes”

We've been long-time fans of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Make-a-Wish Alaska & Washington helps grant wishes to critically ill children in our home community, and we love finding ways to support the important work they do. They are currently in the midst of a...

Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

Our local law enforcement officers have difficult and varied jobs. They do a lot of community outreach and crime prevention to keep our neighborhoods safe, but the sad fact remains that they also work with people and families in crisis. Often children are involved in...

Make Your Thanksgiving Stuffing with Hempler’s Chorizo

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and it seems there are two distinct approaches to this food-centric holiday: 1) Those who hold staunchly to their family's traditional recipes 2) Those who view it as an opportunity to try fun or fancy new dishes As food lovers to the...

Ten Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes for Fall

Fall has arrived, and if you’re like us, you’re craving all the seasonal comfort foods. One of the biggest players this season is pumpkin, so today we’ve rounded up ten of the most decadent fall foods we could find featuring the seasonal star combined with our...

Recipe Inspo: Hempler’s Chorizo Burgers and Bear’s Breath Ketchup

Hempler's has deep roots here in the PNW, so we feel a kinship when we come across other local food brands. And we absolutely love it when we stumble across brands that complement our own product line. So when we were given the chance to sample Bear's Breath Ketchup...

Golf Fundraiser Supporting Folds of Honor

For the past five years we’ve participated in a local golf tournament supporting Folds of Honor, and not even a global pandemic could keep us from returning this year. We teamed up with our local PNW food cousins Fletcher’s and Isernio’s and did what we do best - feed...

Fun with the Mariner Moose at Children’s Hospital!

We’ve enjoyed a fun partnership with the Seattle Mariners for quite awhile now, so when we were asked to accompany the lovable Mariner Moose on a visit to Children’s Hospital to thank the frontline healthcare workers, we packed up a load of pepperoni sticks and hit...

Spoil Dad this Year with his Favorite Hempler’s Products

Wondering what to get the dad in your life for Father’s Day? Put together a custom gift basket of his favorite Hempler’s products! You can even surprise him with some things he’s never tried before. This will be one Father’s Day gift that he’ll never forget.  [gallery...

Supporting the Helpers in Our Community

There are so many people on the front lines of this fight, keeping our community safe. When we heard about the logistics and personnel involved in the Unified Command/Emergency Operation Center of the Department of Emergency Management and the Public Health Department...

TRY THIS: Homemade Spaetzle!

Our story began in the 1800’s in the Hempler’s family sausage kitchen in Borken, Germany. Though things have changed over the years, we still find a great deal of identity in our European roots. It shows in our family’s holiday traditions, dishes at our potluck...

To Our Neighbors and Employees During This Time

At Hempler’s, we love our community. We know that our customers put their trust in us to provide them with safe, healthy, nourishing food and we feel the weight of that responsibility even more profoundly right now. We also feel a deep sense of gratitude that our...

Creative Ways to Connect with Family This Easter

Easter dinner is shaping up to look very different this year compared to years past. With social distancing mandates in effect and an “all hands on deck” emphasis to stop the spread of COVID-19, Easter will consist of intimate home dinners and celebrations instead of...

Why Small Batch Matters

You may have noticed a little emblem on several of our products. It reads “small batch crafted meats” and declares our commitment to the time-honored family recipes we are proud to share with the world. But what does that really mean, and why does it matter? Here’s...

Our Top Milestones of 2019

As we look ahead to the year that lies before us, it’s impossible not to reflect on the year that just concluded. 2019 was a big year at Hempler’s, and we wanted to highlight some of our most memorable milestones. We launched a line of beef jerky. Have you tried it...

Cranberry + Bacon = Christmas Eats

There are so many flavorful combos to enjoy this holiday season but nothing says “Christmas” quite like cranberries. We thought we’d round up some creative ways to serve this seasonal staple with everyone’s favorite food - bacon! Sourdough Baked Brie with Cranberries...

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season with Hempler’s

At Hempler’s, our story is integral to our values. Though we have grown over the years, we still value family and community above all else. One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to these values is to partner with small, local businesses. As we enter this...

Which Method Is Best? The Ultimate Bacon-Cooking Experiment

Everyone has their secret for cooking the “perfect” bacon, and here at Hempler’s we’ve got our favorite methods, too. But we were curious how the results of various cooking methods compared side-by-side. So that’s what we did! Read on for the details of this fun (and...

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Bacon Recipe

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice, and here at Hempler’s we got curious...what would happen if we let bacon in on this trend?  Now for all the nay-sayers, let us be clear. Pumpkin Spice bacon does not taste like pumpkin. It’s glazed with brown sugar and the earthy...
Top 10 Facebook Posts of 2020

Top 10 Facebook Posts of 2020

It's always fun to look back on the year and see what you guys were into on our social media pages. Turns out, you all love bacon, you love sandwiches, and you love supporting our community. We knew we liked you! Here's our countdown of the Top Ten posts on our...

Your Holiday Ham Options From Hempler’s

Your Holiday Ham Options From Hempler’s

Are you planning your Christmas dinner menu? Don't forget the ham! Hempler's offers some of the highest-quality options around and there's something for everyone. Here's your complete list of ham options from Hempler's. Boneless Whole Hams Old Fashioned Whole Ham...

We Love Meals on Wheels!

We Love Meals on Wheels!

Meals on Wheels does fantastic work for seniors in our community. This year has been especially difficult for many, and Meals on Wheels has stepped up their game. In 2020, they have averaged nearly 12,000 meals EACH MONTH to homebound seniors in Whatcom County. Most...

Hempler’s Receives Housing Hero Award from Lydia Place

Hempler’s Receives Housing Hero Award from Lydia Place

At Hempler's, we are passionate about our community. For the past 80 years we have been humbled to have received their support, and we consider it a privilege to be able to support our neighbors in return. We have enjoyed a partnership with Lydia Place in Bellingham...

Hempler’s Supports “No Child Sleeps Outside” Campaign

Hempler’s Supports “No Child Sleeps Outside” Campaign

There is a crisis in our community and it's only grown bigger with the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are struggling to maintain their housing after losing their jobs. Layoffs. Closures. Parents unable to go to work because their children are remote schooling and...

Make-a-Wish Foundation’s “WOW: Wonder of Wishes”

Make-a-Wish Foundation’s “WOW: Wonder of Wishes”

We've been long-time fans of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Make-a-Wish Alaska & Washington helps grant wishes to critically ill children in our home community, and we love finding ways to support the important work they do. They are currently in the midst of a...

Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

Our local law enforcement officers have difficult and varied jobs. They do a lot of community outreach and crime prevention to keep our neighborhoods safe, but the sad fact remains that they also work with people and families in crisis. Often children are involved in...

Make Your Thanksgiving Stuffing with Hempler’s Chorizo

Make Your Thanksgiving Stuffing with Hempler’s Chorizo

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and it seems there are two distinct approaches to this food-centric holiday: 1) Those who hold staunchly to their family's traditional recipes 2) Those who view it as an opportunity to try fun or fancy new dishes As food lovers to the...

Ten Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes for Fall

Ten Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes for Fall

Fall has arrived, and if you’re like us, you’re craving all the seasonal comfort foods. One of the biggest players this season is pumpkin, so today we’ve rounded up ten of the most decadent fall foods we could find featuring the seasonal star combined with our...

Golf Fundraiser Supporting Folds of Honor

Golf Fundraiser Supporting Folds of Honor

For the past five years we’ve participated in a local golf tournament supporting Folds of Honor, and not even a global pandemic could keep us from returning this year. We teamed up with our local PNW food cousins Fletcher’s and Isernio’s and did what we do best - feed...

Fun with the Mariner Moose at Children’s Hospital!

Fun with the Mariner Moose at Children’s Hospital!

We’ve enjoyed a fun partnership with the Seattle Mariners for quite awhile now, so when we were asked to accompany the lovable Mariner Moose on a visit to Children’s Hospital to thank the frontline healthcare workers, we packed up a load of pepperoni sticks and hit...

Spoil Dad this Year with his Favorite Hempler’s Products

Spoil Dad this Year with his Favorite Hempler’s Products

Wondering what to get the dad in your life for Father’s Day? Put together a custom gift basket of his favorite Hempler’s products! You can even surprise him with some things he’s never tried before. This will be one Father’s Day gift that he’ll never forget.  [gallery...

Supporting the Helpers in Our Community

Supporting the Helpers in Our Community

There are so many people on the front lines of this fight, keeping our community safe. When we heard about the logistics and personnel involved in the Unified Command/Emergency Operation Center of the Department of Emergency Management and the Public Health Department...

TRY THIS: Homemade Spaetzle!

TRY THIS: Homemade Spaetzle!

Our story began in the 1800’s in the Hempler’s family sausage kitchen in Borken, Germany. Though things have changed over the years, we still find a great deal of identity in our European roots. It shows in our family’s holiday traditions, dishes at our potluck...

To Our Neighbors and Employees During This Time

To Our Neighbors and Employees During This Time

At Hempler’s, we love our community. We know that our customers put their trust in us to provide them with safe, healthy, nourishing food and we feel the weight of that responsibility even more profoundly right now. We also feel a deep sense of gratitude that our...

Creative Ways to Connect with Family This Easter

Creative Ways to Connect with Family This Easter

Easter dinner is shaping up to look very different this year compared to years past. With social distancing mandates in effect and an “all hands on deck” emphasis to stop the spread of COVID-19, Easter will consist of intimate home dinners and celebrations instead of...

Why Small Batch Matters

Why Small Batch Matters

You may have noticed a little emblem on several of our products. It reads “small batch crafted meats” and declares our commitment to the time-honored family recipes we are proud to share with the world. But what does that really mean, and why does it matter? Here’s...

Our Top Milestones of 2019

Our Top Milestones of 2019

As we look ahead to the year that lies before us, it’s impossible not to reflect on the year that just concluded. 2019 was a big year at Hempler’s, and we wanted to highlight some of our most memorable milestones. We launched a line of beef jerky. Have you tried it...

Cranberry + Bacon = Christmas Eats

Cranberry + Bacon = Christmas Eats

There are so many flavorful combos to enjoy this holiday season but nothing says “Christmas” quite like cranberries. We thought we’d round up some creative ways to serve this seasonal staple with everyone’s favorite food - bacon! Sourdough Baked Brie with Cranberries...

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season with Hempler’s

Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season with Hempler’s

At Hempler’s, our story is integral to our values. Though we have grown over the years, we still value family and community above all else. One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to these values is to partner with small, local businesses. As we enter this...

Which Method Is Best? The Ultimate Bacon-Cooking Experiment

Which Method Is Best? The Ultimate Bacon-Cooking Experiment

Everyone has their secret for cooking the “perfect” bacon, and here at Hempler’s we’ve got our favorite methods, too. But we were curious how the results of various cooking methods compared side-by-side. So that’s what we did! Read on for the details of this fun (and...

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Bacon Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Glazed Bacon Recipe

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice, and here at Hempler’s we got curious...what would happen if we let bacon in on this trend?  Now for all the nay-sayers, let us be clear. Pumpkin Spice bacon does not taste like pumpkin. It’s glazed with brown sugar and the earthy...