Garden Society Bright Blooms
There are a number of folks who really enjoy gummy bears—and I can understand why with their ease of use—but I’m not a fan of all the corn syrup and other nasty things that go into many gummies. So, let me introduce you to something much prettier: the gorgeous pâtes de fruit (gelées) from Garden Society, made in Sonoma County.
These pâtes de fruit are like a love child of a French confiserie candy-maker with a California cannabis farmer. They're high-quality gelées infused with whole-fruit purée and herbs; the flavors are strawberry-basil and passionfruit—the bright, fruity flavor of this product is unlike anything I’ve tasted!
Founder Erin Gore was a chemical engineer, and was over-busy in the corporate world as one of the highest-ranking female executives at her company. After trying to balance her intense work life with her family life, and suffering from chronic pain from multiple hip surgeries, she found some relief (both from stress and physical pain) in cannabis. She would host “high holiday baking parties” with her friends, who were also busy mothers and working women seeking some life balance with low-dose products. The Garden Society concept was born, partially inspired by a rose garden in Healdsburg where Erin liked to meditate.
She partnered with a chef in wine country to help develop the flavors, technique, and recipes. They tried many combinations with fruits and herbs in their quest to hone the right level of acidity, texture, and full flavor for these single-serve, elegant, truly elevated gummies. They use apple pectin (no gelatin), so they’re also vegan and gluten-free.
They’re infused with top-quality, sun-grown, biodynamic cannabis, which is extracted naturally without any solvents. The Bright Blooms feature a sativa hybrid cannabis strain (Headband, which is mildly mood-uplifting), so they’re perfect for brightening your day. They’re also high in THCA (which is non-psychoactive), which you can read about here.
Each gelée is 5mg each, so I recommend starting with just half (2.5mg). You can even nibble a corner and see. They can take up to two hours to blossom, so take it slow. The fruity flavors are so vivid and beautiful, so don’t be tempted to bite off more than you can handle.
How I like to use Bright Blooms
I think these are great for afternoons (especially on the weekend!), and perfect for a daytime party or Dolores Park picnic or beach day or outdoor show. Even listening to music around the house is fun with half a Bright Bloom. They're mildly uplifting, and sometimes I’ll have a nibble when I need to tone down some stress at the end of the workday.
Garden Society recommends trying them with goat cheese or cream cheese, and says they’re particularly tasty with some Humboldt Fog. Sign me up. Elevate your next cheese platter for ladies' game night!
Bright Blooms make a great host(ess) gift and party starter, especially with their cheerful packaging that reminds me of a 1960’s Lilly Pulitzer resort print. (The price is also right.)
Garden Society also makes some truly dreamy chocolates that are ideal for bedtime, their 10mg Bliss Blossoms. I’ll write about these sleepy-time friends soon!
Disclaimer: The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.