This Fall farms all over California are harvesting their light dep crops. We take a look at some of those choices available at March and Ash. Written by Tom S. Product photos by Will A. Farm photos by Tom S.
As summer abruptly ends this year, we say farewell to cookouts, beach days, and baseball. While we prepare to greet colder days and pumpkin spice-flavored everything, many in the cannabis community have pulled their final harvest for the light dep season, beginning the rush to finish the curing and processing of their harvest before the Winter holidays.
Light dep is short for light deprivation, a method of growing where the natural light cycle is artificially interrupted with tarps or automated greenhouse roof systems, to induce flowering sooner than it would naturally occur with the seasons. This can be done with mixed light and greenhouse cultivation setups. By doing this, cultivators are able to plan their crop cycles better and squeeze more runs into one growing season, producing more cannabis as a whole.
Pulling tarps became a popular method of light dep growing because it ensured farmers had an extra two to three crops before their full-season plants were harvested. This ensured their trimmers would get paid on time and get a head start on the rush so they could be home for the holidays. There is something special about dep cannabis as it seems to have an extra dimension to its flavor and structure from getting the full spectrum of the sun’s light.
Many cultivators argue that full-sun, light-dep, or mixed light cannabis growing offers nearly the same results as a climate controlled, LED indoor grow, and they can get pretty close. With Croptober just around the corner, the dep season has yielded its last harvest, and most of these crops harvested are in jars and on their way to stores. Here are some products you won’t want to miss if you’re looking for great dep cannabis.
King’s Garden was founded by Michael King and is based in Palm Springs, CA. This brand is available statewide and known for their consistent cultivation formula, attention to detail during the curing process, and high quality buds.
Our King’s Garden pick for this fall’s dep report is the Purple Mamba. A cross of Black Domina and GDP, this is an indica-leaning cultivar and a great choice for insomnia. Those who look for dark berry or grape flavored strains will enjoy the delicious flavor of Purple Mamba.
Named after the deadly Black Mamba snake or possibly the bride from Kill Bill, Purple Mamba is a potent indica strain that hits with a hazy euphoria and heavy body high. This is a great choice for indica lovers and anyone looking for a loud grapey flavor.
High Garden sources its cannabis from a hand-picked selection of Northern California greenhouses that produce the highest quality deps California has to offer. In the remote areas of Northern California, many artisan cultivators are growing cannabis through methods that keep the land and watersheds sustainable, thereby protecting the environment. Ogre is a skunk strain that has been around for close to two decades and has been a go-to for OG and Bubba lovers alike.
Ogre is a skunk phenotype of the Sensistar cultivar. Much like the beloved Dreamworks character, Ogre is loud, smelly, and green. The flavor of Ogre is described as sour citrus and skunk. Ogre hits like a heavy indica, sedating the physical body while sending the mind into blissful euphoria. Some users find Ogre's heavy indica effects are great for managing pain, although individual results vary.
“All natural, sun-kissed, and rain-watered” cannabis is the slogan at Old Pal, a brand that believes weed should be shared between pals and shouldn’t break the bank. It's just weed man! Old Pal sources its cannabis from farms across California.
One farm in particular that grows Old Pal cannabis for the recreational cannabis market is Ladybug Farms in Monterey, CA. This is a sungrown farm with sustainable practices named after their late Grandmother’s love for Ladybugs. Old Pal supports a radical community of growing partners to provide the highest quality product for you and your pals.
The latest from Old Pal, Hi Jedi is an OG x GSC cross and a great choice for OG lovers who are looking for gas. If you enjoy that classic kush taste of woody pine and earth, this is the strain for you. Hi Jedi is described as having a euphoric and dreamy head high that creeps into the body, making the user feel relaxed and blissful. This strain won’t give you force powers, but it does have a great flavor and OG effect.
Soma Rosa Farms was founded by Massachusetts native, Ned Fussell, in Northern California. Fussell has created a diverse and sophisticated network of cannabis production in the past 10 years. Fussell's vast knowledge of agricultural practices have created a solid foundation for success at the Soma Rosa Farms brand. Expertise in soil fertility analysis, irrigation design, and crop scheduling keep his greenhouse cannabis harvests going year round. Soma Rosa Farms’ dep runs are out of this world and always produce tasty sun-grown buds that come in flower or pre-roll.
Snowman x the Y, or sometimes called Cereal Milk or Sweet Cream is a sativa strain from Soma Rosa Farms. They hold their own across the many brands found in cannabis dispensaries that utilize these genetics. The nostalgic taste of sweetened, berry and citrus, fruity milk from Saturday morning cartoon days is back with a bang.
Snowman is said to be a sativa phenotype of GSC, a great strain for relieving the stress of the day with bursts of positive and creative energy. These cereal milk flavors really come through with the natural light effect and balanced soil formula that Soma Rosa Farms utilizes.