Sheepscot General Farm in Whitefield opened and allows people to come and pick hemp. It’s the first hemp field like this in Maine and 2nd in the U.S. Roughly 50 people came out for the experience.
The 180-acre farm used to be a dairy farm, according to the Press Herald. There are only about 3 acres of hemp planted on the farm. About 7,000 plants are within that 3-acre plot.
Four strains of hemp are available to the public. Each strain ranges between 15-20% CBD.
The average cost per pound of picked hemp branches is $35. For those that want to go in and actually cut their own and take the whole plant, it’s $25 per pound.
Co-owner Ben Marcus said, “We always wanted to do a pick-your-own, like we do with strawberries. But this has gotten a lot more attention than strawberries, that’s for sure. It was a great crop to grow, easy to do, but it’s not a crop I’d want to harvest by myself. It’s time consuming. But these people, they’re thrilled to pick.”
It’s not likely that another crop will be feasible this year, but the farm does expect to hold more pick-your-own events in 2020. More clinics teaching consumers how to make CBD tinctures and other products are also likely.