We are happy to be partnering with one of Pennsylvania's first true hemp processors - through the Lancaster Trading House, Inc. this facility will help provide hemp oil to our product lines - both Hempzels.com and Natalieschoice.com-
Our 10th year and I think the last years we've sown a lot of seeds that have taken root. Saturday Senator Folmer (R) and Senator Schwank(D) both presented SB50 the Pennsylvania Industrial Farm Bill Act - taking the Federal Governments persmission to get pilot programs into the States who want to see where hemp fills in. Both Senators stopped by the booth to show their constituents and Pennsylvania Citizens what we have to look forward to as the laws prohibiting hemp farming are repealed.
Monday our good friends at WEEE radio Mike interviewed Shawn for an update on what's been going on - a lot of folks heard the interview and came down to get Hempzelized at our booth 5000-1 in the Pennsylvania Market Place.
We officially had our Hempzels(tm) Soft 8 Pack Pretzel Bags finished the day before the show started - the bakery baked the freshly baked hemp swirls and we loaded up the freezer & sampled and sold a few 3 pack hot soft Swirls & a good amount of frozen swirls got taken home. Hempzel Customer Missions ? ask their local stores to pick up the product. (pictures) (videos)
Ah memories - I set up as the Pennsylvania Hemp Industries Information Assocation selling / showing Ohio Hempery items, displaying Jack Heror's Book THe Emperor Wears No Clothes - Representing Carol Miller of Hemp Essentials out of California who was making hemp lip balms, salves, soaps all with hemp oil. 1997 - the day before I met Ralph Amato who had started No Problem Inc which evolved into Hempzels® - a day before I met Les Stark who was working with his Uncle Barry and Grandfathers vending business.
I will be updating the picture for this design from a Canadian company.
Garlic Baked 4/2/18 - Hand made like our Original sourdough Hempzels - unbleached sourdough wheat - hemp flour, brown rice flour but with garlic seasoning blended in for a subtle not too strong garlic flavor. If you like Garlic - check out Natalie's Choice Garlic Jam...our hand rolled hemp pretzels are packaged in 8oz bags and when batches are made we'll have a few pounds of "brokes" that we'll make available. Ideally as the website evolves you'll see when product was baked also - Available Wholesale direct - or retail direct
Ralph Amato financed No Problem Inc. which first starting developing Hempzels® in 1997 - Mark Tucci & Donald Riese promoted and helped develop the business in it's infancy before Shawn P. House purchased it in 1998 when the DEA was starting to talk about banning hemp foods. We've come a long way -
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Retail direct through our website or wholesale / distribution direct. Hemp pretzels, hemp mustard, hemp seed, hemp nut butter, hemp granola bars, through Pennsylvania bakeries, we are adding value to trdtional product lines - we call it, Hempzelization - to became aware of hemp and specifically "Hempzels(tm)". 2015 is our year, starting out with a product that we've been offering at events and to select restaurants in bulk. Now today we have our new 8 pack swirl bag ready for the frozen food aisle of our local & regional stores staring in 2016. Launched at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show - our 13th year. Now we are on the verge of growing hemp in Pennsylvania, 2017 join us at events being posted. Historically the company in the beginning......
Lancaster County businessman Shawn Patrick House wants to believe the latest legislative effort to legalize hemp farming in Pennsylvania will succeed.But he's been fighting long enough to know it's probably a long shot. Under Senate Bill 50 — introduced by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) — the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp would be allowed as part of a research program at a college or university.But he's been fighting long enough to know it's probably a long shot. Under Senate Bill 50 — introduced by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) — the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp would be allowed as part of a research program at a college or university.
An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development report estimates gross revenue for Canadian hemp seed production between $30.75 million and $34 million. In 2010, exports of Canadian hemp seed and hemp products were valued at more than $10 million.The obvious hurdle is perception, of course. Hemp is the distant sister of cannabis, although supporters say hemp has none of marijuana's mind-altering qualities.“Industrial hemp does not have a psychoactive effect. The THC level is less than 0.03 percent,” Folmer said. “Misconceptions are withholding Pennsylvania from an opportunity for our agricultural and business industries to thrive.”Given the legal go-ahead, farmers could benefit from the demand for hemp in products ranging from paper to fuel and clothing to biodegradable plastics, said Schwank, Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.
The federal 1937 Marijuana Tax Act restricted industrial hemp production. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act made hemp illegal, although the 2014 Farm Bill loosened production restrictions.“We need to get on board with this,” Schwank said during a recent conference call. “After all, 200 years ago it was a pretty prominent crop in Pennsylvania.”
Growing business House began making hemp-enriched cosmetics, such as lotions and soaps, in the late 1990s. In 2005, he incorporated as Lancaster Trading House Inc. His product lines fall under two businesses: Hempzels, which includes soft pretzels, mustard and protein powder; and Natalie's Choice, which sells his granola bars, nut butter and jams.
All are made from hemp, House said. While he doesn't have a physical store, House sells online and at shows such as the Pennsylvania Farm Show. His mustard is on Wegmans' shelves. “It's slow and steady, and my business continues to expand at a nice pace,” he said. “The soft pretzel is the winner. That's going to be my thing that doubles and triples my sales.” But House said he is tired of fighting to educate the public and politicians that hemp does not equal marijuana. Experts estimate a person has to smoke about 20 times the amount of hemp in order to reach the high state achieved with cannabis, according to the website Hempethics.com.As a food product, hemp is touted for its health benefits because it is packed with essential fatty acids and is rich in vitamin E. Supporters say hemp is a more-durable material that makes better clothes.
New Holland Agriculture makes equipment that processes hemp for grain or fiber and sells it to foreign farmers, House said.“The research has been done for hemp,” he added. “We have equipment manufacturers who are selling equipment to the Europeans and the Canadians.”
The company was originally called No Problem Inc, started in the mid-nineties by Ralph Amato along with participating friends Mark Tucci & Don "Uncle" Riese. Ralph was bringing in hemp textiles and having the sewn custom made into wedding dresses or whatever a customer might want. They started having a Jamaican artist do Batik artwork on hemp canvas but the creation came about over the use of hemp seed meal and incorporating it into a pretzel...
Ralph and friends were aware of hemps nutritional value.....hemp seed meal mixed into a traditional sourdough pretzel mix made by a small bakery in the snack food capital of the world & viola Hempzels...
Hempzel's is a registered trademark of Lancaster Trading House, Inc. 2011
Hempzel's is a registered trademark of Lancaster Trading House, Inc.. Hemp pretzels, mustard and hemp seed produced in Pennsylvania with imported hemp seed - working to "free the seed".
2003 - April Published earlier I got a call from an Los Angeles Times newspaper reporter during the time that we were raising a ruckus about this arbitrary rule, the DEA was telling us to get rid of our hemp seed. We shipped out some Sourdough Hempzels & here it is in part of the article.
The family of Chris Meyers whose shaped the Gourmet Food & Wine Experience in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has been a friend of Hempzels for years. We are happy to participate to get the word out about our products to folks who care about quality -
Controversy and hemp pretzels get a shout out in Snack Foods - 2000 publication - 15 years ago. Wow .