By: Dan Taylor
Trilogy Marketing Coordinator
BALTIMORE-No two commercial cannabis grows are made the same. This became evident as our Trilogy Wellness team had the chance to tour Evermore’s grow and processing plants.
Some of the terms and procedures that I had learned at the Kind Therapeutics grow site, became familiar with me the second time around at Evermore. But each grow and processing site takes a different approach.
A lot of indoor grows are something that the public would never know about. It turns out that when I lived in north Baltimore, I was a stone’s throw from the grow. Most grow operations want to keep it that was as to not draw attention from the work being done.
Evermore flower has always tended to be a bit fruity than most strains which peaked my interest years ago after obtaining my medical card. Gary Nusinov, Senior Vice President of Cultivation at Evermore, said he and the head growers like more of the fruity flavored cultivars. You can see it in their strains with names like Blueberry Dumplingz, Lucky Orchard, and Peach Zeason.
Genetics and Pheno Hunting:
What sets Evermore apart from most growers in Maryland, is their focus on genetics and pheno hunts to find the perfect cultivars to grow. The company wanted to break-in to that space. The result is some of the most consistent and robust cannabis east of the Mississippi.
Head growers, Tom Klasssen and Austin Weiskittel, set out in 2016 when Evermore opened, to produce some of the best breeding work in the state. It paid off as an in-house breeding project has helped the company produce some incredible genetics. Klasssen says he hopes to keep banking genetics in an effort to one day after a vast genetic library as he puts it.
Klassen says that they have nine flowering rooms where they plant and harvest one every week.
Flash Frozen Flower:
This part of our tour really captured my attention. I had always read about flash frozen and why those live resin and rosin vape carts taste so amazing. We learned from Will Reckner, Vice President of Processing & Extractions, that the top part of the plant is cut and flash frozen. This technique preserves all the terpenes and cannabinoids. Workers could be seen feeding fresh cannabis into a machine. No hanging, no drying. Workers carried massive buckets of the flower into a freezer. Reckner says Evermore says itself apart from the pack with this technique.
He says that the big difference in live resin and live rosin is butane. Butane gases are used to extract live resin. This is done is an extraction room due to the danger of flammable gases. All solvents used for concentrates are later removed in the curing process.