New Brunswick’s sixth cannabis farmgate store is opening June 23, located about 45 minutes outside of Moncton.
Greenherb Farms in Saint Joseph-de-Ken is an outdoor cannabis farm processing its flower into solventless rosin on sight. The farmgate licence is one of the final stages of development for the four-person operation that has been building the business since 2020.
Once open, consumers will have the opportunity to visit the farm and directly purchase rosin made from flowers cultivated and processed on-site. Additionally, they will find a selection of flower products from other local producers such as ECO Canadian, Crystal Cure, and Golden Peak
Greg Claroni, general manager of and one of the owners at Greenherb, says the plan for their farmgate store is to create a more interactive experience for local consumers and tourists alike. He praises the province and CannabisNB specifically for being one of the few provinces in Canada that are allowing producers to get a farmgate licence.
“Eventually we’re going to have a kind of farmgate belt here, where tourists are going to be able to come out and visit us all and really enjoy the experience. It’s great that we’re able to do all this in New Brunswick, all working together, and hopefully, we’ll see tourists and locals doing a bit of a cannabis hop from our farmgates in the future.”
Claroni says getting licensed was fairly easy, taking only a few months, but it’s the culmination of many years of hard work to get to this point. They received their licence on April 20, but delayed their opening while they put on some of the finishing touches.
“We are thrilled to open our doors to the public and share the fruits of our labour,” said Claroni. “Our Farmgate license represents the culmination of 7 years of dedication and hard work. We are eager to showcase our commitment to sustainable practices, product quality, and community engagement, and we look forward to building long-lasting relationships with our customers and partners.”
Another piece of the puzzle for Greenherb is a private members club and lounge on-site that can be used while visiting the facility for special events, info sessions, and other unique experiences. The lounge will be inside the old agriculture research centre that sits on the property, retrofitted for ventilation.
Cannabis farmgate across Canada
Cannabis farmgate stores in New Brunswick are private retail locations that are owned and operated by New Brunswick licensed cannabis producers. These producers are authorized to sell their own products on-site, directly to customers. There are five other cannabis farmgate licence holders operating in New Brunswick, including one cannabis nursery.
Ontario and British Columbia also issue farmgate licences to producers. Ontario has issued at least four, while BC has two working their way through the licensing process and two currently operating.