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Organizer Sarena Haskins of Washington Farmers Market chats with Toke Signals reviewer Steve Elliott at the Hoodsport market in August.
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Creating a Real Community Is Hard; Good Weed Helps

If you want to see what a real, living medical-marijuana community actually looks like, just visit the Washington Farmers Market. Organized by the unstoppable Sarena Haskins of the SON-shine Organics Network, I'm convinced that this market could be the future of medical-marijuana access.

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Organizer Sarena Haskins of Washington Farmers Market chats with Toke Signals reviewer Steve Elliott at the Hoodsport market in August.
??The word "community" is used a lot in the medical-marijuana world. Some providers and collectives seem to take its definition to heart, while for others the concept is a little shaky.

But if you want to see what a real, living medical-marijuana community actually looks like, just visit the Washington Farmers Market. Organized and facilitated by the unstoppable Sarena Haskins of the SON-shine Organics Network, I'm convinced that this market could be the future of medical-marijuana access.

Patients can browse from table to table inspecting each caregiver's wares, including cannabis flowers, edibles, topicals, and concentrates (including hash, kief, and hash oil).

I've visited the Washington Farmers Market at both its locations--it's held alternately in Olympia and Hoodsport--and I've been very impressed with how well it is managed and how smoothly it runs, as well as with the quality of medicines available.

Among my finds at the Olympia market, which I attended last month, were some tasty Cheese Goo (Cheese x Afgoo) from the NorthwestHerbalCare.com table, and some spectacular Matanuska Thunderfuck from The Green Baron Alternative Medicine, based in Thurston County.

I also picked up some Stonerella medicated hard candies (stonerella.com), which contain cannabis concentrate and come in tasty flavors including Limeade, Pineapple Express, Orange Juice, and my favorite, Green Apple.

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This Afgoo from The Canna Brothers (found at the Hoodsport edition of Washington Farmers Market) was as spectacular as it looks.

?At the Hoodsport market (a breakthrough in safe access for Mason County patients), which I attended a couple of weeks ago, the combination of friendly vibes and a spectacular natural setting on the waterfront made for a great day.

I enjoyed examining the many strains, edibles, and tinctures available, finally settling on some excellent Afgoo and Sour Grape (Sour Diesel x Grape Ape) from The Canna Brothers (360-561-4096) and some Marz, a soporific couch-lock indica from Ken's Medicine Bowl (kensrxbowl.org, 360-621-1248) that is great for pain control.

Between Canna Brothers and Ken's was the booth belonging to master cannabis culinary artist Beth of Be Medicated (360-705-4367), whose heavenly creations are simply some of the best medibles anywhere. I selected some mini-peanut butter cups which turned out to be absolutely spectacular (in both taste and effect); they come three to a pack and I had 'em all at once.

I also found some of the best cannabis tincture (a few drops under the tongue does the trick) that I've experienced in a long time. Avalon Herbals (AvalonHerbals@gmail.com) offered a selection of different specialty tinctures at their table at the Hoodsport market, and the one that caught my eye was "Tummy Tinc."

A quick inspection of the label revealed that, besides the expected cannabis, it also includes ginger, fennel, and cinnamon to aid digestion. The tincture has a very good taste as tinctures go, and the effects are almost immediate. Within five minutes of placing two droppers full (you may need only one) under my tongue, the salutary pain-relieving and anti-anxiety properties of the tincture became apparent.

The next Washington Farmers Market is scheduled for Olympia (2312 Friendly Grove Rd. N.E.) on Saturday, September 17, and with another in Hoodsport (in the center of town, across from the Model-T Tavern; look for the signs) a week later on September 24. For more information about the Washington Farmers Market, call SON-shine Organics at 360-970-0213.

Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.


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