Tennessee’s first organic hemp farm is opening new stores in Murfreesboro and Jackson this summer.
By the end of June, Half Hill Farm’s Wellness Emporium-MurfreesboroÂ is scheduled to open at 2136 Middle Tennessee Blvd., a former vape shop located between The Boulevard Bar and Grill and Jimmy John’s.
The Jackson store will open about the same time, although the location has yet to be determined, making it the fourth emporium, said Half Hill Farm owner Christian Grantham.
The organic farmer started Half Hill Farm’s business by growing vegetables in a “barnyard garden” inÂ Woodbury. Next step was hemp, which is now grown in partnership with an indoor grower in Carthage.
However, the focus of Half Hill Farm shifted to health and wellness after a relative was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. “Everything changed,” Grantham said.
And it was all because of mushrooms.
“We’d been growing mushrooms. But in the process of growing, we did research on a particular mushroom that would help (the relative with cancer),” Grantham explained.
But Grantham wasn’t able to find the liquid form of the product anywhere in the country.
“So I just created it for her … and it helped significantly,” Grantham said.
FriendsÂ saw the positive results fromÂ the extract and began asking for the product.Â
“I had no idea that everybody else was looking for the same preparation. … That product exploded and now ships all over the country every day. I don’t even advertise the product and it continues to grow,” Grantham said.
Retail market opens
From there, Grantham rented the retail and kitchen space from The Arts Center of Cannon County and opened Half Hill Farm’s Wellness Emporium in Woodbury.
After a couple of years, Half Hill Farm began producing other wellness-related products like kombucha and kefir, both fermented drinks with reported health benefits.
The Wellness Emporium in Woodbury was also one of the first retailers to sell hemp oil (cannabidiol, also known as CBD). The process used to procure the oil uses a carbon dioxide extraction method that produces a “cleaner product,” which Grantham said “matters to people taking it for their health.”
Success of the Woodbury store prompted the opening of Wellness Emporium in Bell Buckle.
“We had a lot of customers come to us from Murfreesboro, and we needed to grow the business, so opening in Murfreesboro was the natural next step,” Grantham said.
Moving to West Tennessee is also a big move and one Grantham feels will be profitable as well as helpful to those seeking alternative healing products.
Spotlighted section of each stores is a tap system that serves up kefir and kombucha. People can get a growler and bring it back for refills,” Grantham said.
Way to wellness
Once customers see results of the fermented health drinks, they typically move on to trying the variety of hemp products, apple cider vinegars and natural remedies.
“We sell things that are unique and not available on a larger scale in chain groceries,” Grantham said.
The Woodbury location is also moving to a 9,000-square-foot space that will allow for expanded production, as well as workshop and seminars focused on health benefits of natural remedies.
“We don’t have cures. We don’t treat or diagnose people, but we have natural remedies. If taken with some patience and knowledge, we can help people get on a path to better health and well-being.”
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