A field of more than 1,000 marijuana plants, each suspended in tubs of water, is blooming away at Lemonati Family Farms on Oakland Avenue. Advanced hydroponics ensure cannabis that is virtually free of metals and bacteria.
Lemonati also doesn’t market its cultivars around familiar strain names, instead using broader seasonal themes. The “Conspiracy Theory” harvest just ended. The latest “Zodiac” brand revolves around the 12 astrological signs, three of which were released statewide this week.
A 40-person staff is still tending the rest of the starsign lineup at the facility northeast Lansing.
Unfortunately, local availability is still limited — at least for now. Shops in Ann Arbor, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and southeast Michigan had them stocked last week. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the first harvest. And it might just be among the best stuff I’ve ever smoked.
Also: Keep an eye out for Lemonati Family Farm’s first retail location, maybe this year.
Lemonati Family Farms — Aries
Price — $50/3.5g
THC content — 26.6%
Aries, like the other strains featured here, is an indica-dominant hybrid labeled with a name that was entirely made up by the staff at Lemonati Family Farms. This one is a cross between Wedding Cake and Gelato 33, a combo otherwise known and branded as Ice Cream Cake.
Small, dense and sticky green buds had their undersides painted purple. A powdery white, crystalline layer of trichomes made for a creamy, cheesy and sherbert-like smell and taste. This strain carried the flavor profile of a custard long john donut with a mild, gassy and fruity kick.
Pro tip: Maybe don’t start the morning off with this variety. Half a joint smacked me across the face with a cerebral spaciness.
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