The Orgrow Farm In Moxee Washington Made Me Feel Like A Kid Again

The hop industry has been an integral part of the Moxee Valley for over 85 years, it took off when alcohol prohibition ended in 1933. Many hop operations are third or fourth generation family owned. Orgrow, one of the states largest cannabis producers has been operating since 2014. Their business has created a culture that honors Moxee’s hop farming history. The team at Orgrow is growing cannabis, post-prohibition, just like the OG hop farmers of the 1930’s.

Moxee, Washington is a small town located in Yakima County in spacious Central Washington. The area is little known to most but is a vital agricultural ground zero for the beer industry. Moxee is known as the hop capital of the world, the area produces around one-third of the world’s hop supply.

Orgrow’s facility is at the end of a dirt road, surrounded by hop farms and spacious parcels of land. The facility itself was once a flower processing facility for the retail giant Costco. It’s a large, unassuming building with triangular roofs and huge garage doors on the front, and the main entrance is similar to an office building.  After signing in, our tour host Mario Gonzales, head of Orgrow’s sales and media,  walked us upstairs through a door, the view behind that door is something that I will never forget.

The Orgrow Farm In Moxee Washington Made Me Feel Like A Kid Again

When I walked into Orgrow’s main bay, I felt like James Franco’s character Sal from “Pineapple Express,” who just stumbled onto stoner El Dorado. With over 300 lights in the main room alone, the facility also houses 5 additional flowering rooms, a towering curing bay with flower strung up on pulley systems, reaching up 20-foot tall ceilings. A concentrate laboratory, pheno-hunt/experiment bay and an outdoor grow with 900 plants in the ground. There’s even a full-size basketball hoop in one of the empty bays, a callback to Gonzalez’s days spent stoned, draining three’s during basketball practice.

Gonzalez took his first bong rip out of a six-foot bong before high-school basketball practice (and he remembers having a great practice.) Gonzales knew cannabis was for him from the jump. At the risk of sounding corny, Gonzalez told me he started willing his cannabis career into existence when he was eighteen-years-old. Gonzalez told his mother that cannabis would be legal in the future and that they should invest in that future.

Gonzalez now helps run an operation that produces anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds of cannabis every week and has major ambitions of capturing the attention of the Hispanic market to help destroy a negative stigma around cannabis that religion, politics, and propaganda have propped up for years.

(For the record, I don’t think that’s corny at all.)

As massive as this operation is, there’s still plenty of unused space that they want to fill. Gonzalez talked about plans for eight more flowering rooms. I asked Paul, one of the owners of Orgrow, what the monthly electricity bill was.

“Oh, about $33,000 a month,” he said.

Orgrow has too many strains to talk about, there’s 41 total in their starting lineup, but there were a few Gonzalez mentioned on the tour that stood out. Orglue and Ace of Spades are two of their flagship strains. Ace of Spades is a purple indica that with large spade-shaped buds. Orgrow is one of the few people offering this strain. Orglue is their rebranded GG#4, a strain Gonzalez believes is on the way out because of its oversaturation. Lemon Meringue, Afghan Cookies, and Space Candy are some of the new strains Orgrow has on deck that Gonzalez seemed excited about. Lemon Meringue is one of my favorite strains and it had all the skunky citrus and terpinolene goodness I expect from it. Look for these strains in brand new glass packaging this June.

The Orgrow Farm In Moxee Washington Made Me Feel Like A Kid Again

Each strain starts as a hydroponically grown clone. Once the root systems are mature, they’re transferred into a cocoa growing medium for the rest of their lifetime. Every strain has specific requirements that the growers tweak and perfect over time. They had to use cocoa with the outdoor plants as well because the soil conditions were nowhere near suitable for healthy outdoor cannabis plants.

The size of Orgrow’s facility didn’t hide its family-like atmosphere, something Gonzalez was quick to point out as well. Many of the workers have been in the area for over thirty years, they love the community of Moxee and are eager to do whatever they can to help the business succeed. Everyone helps where help is needed, whether it’s trimming or re-potting plants, nobody is above any task, and job titles are extremely loose. The goal is about constant and steady improvement on every level, however, they have to do it.

It was Orgrow’s culture of improvement that led them to find a new extraction artist. The last person heading their operation was putting out poor products and it quickly soured Orgrow’s name on the 502 market. They knew a change had to made, and they found a gentleman by the name of Able Guevara who has completely changed their culture around concentrates.

“I was on the hunt for good oil,” Guevara said.

Guevara started running his own oil after he started dabbing and it was all gross. He started pressing his own rosin and open blasting, experimenting with methods and techniques. Like many great inventions, (penicillin for example,) some of Guevara’s best discoveries were by accident. Guevara extracts the oil he wants to smoke, and never wants to hear a bad product review get back to him.

Orgrow knows their concentrates weren’t acceptable at one point, but have since corrected course. They now produce eye-popping shatters, sugars, crumbles, and sauces that come in colors ranging from highlighter yellow to translucent amber.

Guevara and Orgrow want to help reverse the negative stigma around ethanol-based extractions and increase consumer education around the correct use of EHO products. Ethanol-based extractions have completely different profiles than hydrocarbon-based extractions because of the differing cannabinoid and terpene profiles left behind after the extraction process. This results in different looks, aromas, flavors, effects, and even how it burns when it touches the nail.

Guevara lamented about YouTube cannabis reviewers dabbing Orgrow EHO on red-hot nails that are covered in a black crust, then complaining about the taste or quality. Low-temperature dabbing and cleaning your nail in between uses are essential for experiencing the full potential of any concentrate.

Walking through Orgrow’s facility and meeting the humble staff made me fee like a kid again. It reminded me of my Grandpa’s potato farm. I spent many days as a young child with my grandpa driving all over the state to check on his various plots of farmland. Sometimes he would simply check up on things. Other times he was helping fix machinery, running to grab parts, and driving the equipment himself with me on his lap in the cab. My grandpa is still friends with many of his farm hands to this day. He visits with them over coffee on a regular basis and gives them vegetables from his garden every summer.

Orgrow is looking forward to a large product release at Kush 21 in Burien this upcoming week, as well as future products such as cannagars, infused joints, and cannabis-derived terpene vape cartridges. Orgrow fully understands the mistakes they’ve made and is excited to change peoples minds going forward with a vastly improved product line, honesty, and transparency.

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The Best Pot Shop in Everett!

KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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Behind The Scenes At Honu Inc. In Longview Washington

Longview is a community built on the backs of loggers and mill workers. An edible cannabis producer is far from the lumber and logging, but their hard work is in the same spirit of the loggers and mill workers past and present. Maybe it’s not a coincidence that another meaning for Honu in Hawaiian is “the spirit within.” The Honu Inc facility is modest like the community it’s in. It’s tucked away in an industrial park on the banks of the Columbia River in Longview, Washington. A city that hugs the Oregon border, Longview was founded around timber and logging industries, as the river was used to transport lumber up and down the Pacific Northwest.

Honu’s facility is one of the largest I’ve been in. It’s been repurposed several times. Through trial and error, they’re still trying new ways to utilize their space and are aiming to grow flower that they’re proud of. While they’re still dialing in cultivation practices, it’s Honu’s edible kitchen that has brought in the awards and industry-wide attention.

Behind The Scenes At Honu Inc. In Longview Washington

The edible kitchen is filled with focused humans and is the prettiest room onsite. Most of the workers had headphones on, dialed into the task directly in front of them. All the candies are handcrafted. I know that word is overused in the cannabis industry, but each one of Honu’s edibles is made by a human being. We saw them mixing cookies and cream batter, scooping chocolate servings into cupcake trays, rolling marshmallows in liquid chocolate and meticulously assembling turtles. If you don’t know, a turtle consists of three layers: chocolate, caramel, and a pecan topper.

Behind The Scenes At Honu Inc. In Longview Washington

Turtle’s are one of their most popular treats, not surprising for a company that rocks a sea turtle as their mascot. Along with the award-winning coconut snowballs and peanut butter cups, these three treats make up the Triforce of their edible lineup and can be purchased year-round. Honu rotates seasonal select treats, for Summer, it’s s’mores season!

Behind The Scenes At Honu Inc. In Longview Washington

Honu let us sample new flavors of hard candies hitting the shelves next year. The blue candies tasted like blueberry Jolly Ranchers. It’s hard to imagine these don’t eat into the market share of other hard candies on the market. After the tour of the kitchens, we stopped by their topical and concentrate portions of the facility.

Honu has rebranded their topicals to give them an “at home spa” feel. Honu Naturals is a line of products that pamper and don’t even look like cannabis products to nosy relatives and children. There were stacks of freshly scented bath bombs ready to be packaged and shipped out.

Behind The Scenes At Honu Inc. In Longview Washington

The last stop on the tour was their concentrate lab. We saw them in the process of making distillate and all kinds of golden slabs of concentrates. Be on the lookout for newcomers,  Shellshock and Ubana Rama which registers at 67.97 percent  THC and 4.39 percent terpenes.

The Honu Inc facility isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but it doesn’t need too. It’s filled with hard-working individuals that envoke the spirits of the original trappers, loggers, and pioneers that settled in Washington and built the community of Longview many years ago.

Behind The Scenes At Honu Inc. In Longview Washington

Freshly packaged Coconut Snowballs

The Best Pot Shop in Everett!

KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.

Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:

Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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Behind The Scenes at GreenRush

Once or twice a month I try to pay a visit to legal cannabis companies to show support and help share their story. A little over a week ago I spent some time with the GreenRush team, a small legal weed farm with just ten people on staff.

According to our state’s legal cannabis system, GreenRush is registered as a tier 1 farm. This means they’re one of the little guys. Located in Snohomish County, their team is growing quality batches of craft cannabis. Check out the video below to get a better understanding of what GR has going on.

Over the next year, we will continue sharing updates about the GR team. We are excited to begin working with them to produce more informative pieces about the world of cannabis.

Click here to see a Steller story of my visit with the GreenRush team. 

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KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.

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See Why Clandestine Gardens Is Considered One Of Our Best Overall Brands

Clandestine Gardens is a tier 2 cannabis producer/processor that is frequently available at KushMart. We usually have a variety of their farm’s strains and have built a strong relationship with their team over the last year.

Well known for producing high-quality extracts and growing a potent variety of flower, Clandestine has always been in the conversation when it comes to our best overall brands. When you visit KushMart, this farm is one of the ones you should also ask your budtender about.

REQUIRED WARNING: This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Should not be used by women that are pregnant or breastfeeding. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of reach of children. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery.

KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.

FOR MORE CANNABIS RECOMMENDATIONS,  STRAIN AND CANNABIS LEGALIZATION  INFORMATION, FOLLOW KUSHMART’S BLOG.