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Croptober Is Upon Us

By Adam Reed

One of the reasons ShadowboxFarms chose Southern Oregon for cannabis cultivation was its amazing climate. With long, dry summers and fertile soil, it’s no wonder the Rogue Valley has become a top choice for cannabis producers. Given these conditions, many farmers choose to cultivate their cannabis outdoors. We love our Oregon Sungrown flower! 

With each new harvest, our industry grows a little bigger. Regulated cannabis is still a young enterprise and, and such, we borrow examples from other trades to help give our industry a framework. As a designer, one area of the business I’ve been focusing on lately is creating a yearly catalog for our products. Mobile phones come out with a new product line every year. Wine has vintages based on the climate and year. How do we start to tell the story of how climate affects the cannabis growth cycle, and when does 2018 product come out, anyway? Most of the calendar year is gone now, right?

Most industries are in a rush to get next year’s product on the market early; the 2019 cars are always available in the fall. But where is 2019’s flower? In cannabis, we take our time, releasing the 2018 product in the fall of 2018. This change in season is marked by “Croptober,” and the new year begins with 2018 flower setting a new bar in quality and freshness. 

The Lovely Lady Mary
By Eric Malusky
My favorite Shadowbox strain to enjoy thus far has been White Cookies. I have personally enjoyed the pain relief and relaxing effects it has provided me, but even more so, I have enjoyed watching it bring the most out of conversations with friends and acquaintances. I have introduced White Cookies in several social settings and watched the energy, laughter and conversations take off. I highly recommend White Cookies for anyone who wants to be the life of the party.

After having the opportunity to preview our cultivars pre-harvest, I have to say I am most looking forward to seeing our lovely lady, Mary Chino, in her final form. In the field, she is absolutely bursting with a fruity citrus aroma that reminds me of childhood evenings spent indulging in Starburst fruit chews.

This cross of Cherry Kush and Orange Tahoe provides a deep, well-balanced high sure to please beginners and veterans alike. Like most of our plants this year, Mary Chino is looking happier and healthier than ever. Mary Chino has already proven her terpenes run deep both as a concentrate, for those who tried the shatter form from Dab Society in year one, as well as in her limited market showing in flower this past season. But this harvest it looks like she has truly outdone herself, and I cannot wait to smell and taste all the flavors she is sure to deliver.

Cartoon Ghosts and ATF
By Jessica Ginet

When it comes to cannabis, I’m always in a state of flux. My favorite strain tends to change based on mood and time of year.  This October, it’s been nice to revisit one of my all-time faves, Alaskan Thunder (a.k.a. Alaskan Thunderf*ck or ATF). 

With all the new strains out there, it’s cool to see some—dare I say—”retro” strains still kicking it and holding their own.

I’m a child of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s with a still-overactive imagination. I also love the month October and Halloween. So I confess that the first thing I noticed about the ATF plants in our upper garden wasn’t just the huge colas and massive plant size, it was how they resembled eerie ghosts from one of my favorite cartoons. (HINT: It features a dog, four intrepid mystery solvers and a cool van.). The apical buds (the huge cola at the very top of the plant) look like the head, and the branches, heavy with colas, look like the shoulders, arms and hands of ghoulish apparitions.

I’m a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner (Oregon, Washington, Alaska), and I’m really excited about this season’s ATF crop. It’s one of those strains that is a perfect representation of the place I call home: the smell is distinctly cannabis with a divine mix of spiciness, culinary herbs and pine. To me, it’s just cozy. I liken it to a spicy and tannin-rich Merlot.  

An ATF high enhances my creativity without making me anxious, and the taste is really pleasant, with a strong, but not harsh, finish. 

When this season’s ATF is cured and ready for consumption, you’ll find me in my backyard, notebook in hand, looking at the mountains and smoking flower.

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