There’s legacy, and then there’s Legacy.
LA Family Farms is the latter. Family owned and operated in SoCal since 1995, LAFF has been self-funding and slow-burn scaling its operations since Biggie and Pac had beef.
They got their start cultivating OG Kush in the strain’s heyday.
“We had to transfer into exotics when that whole OG movement kind of came to an end,” said Joe Katash, a 49-year-old grower who owns LAFF with Jackie Katash and Morris Katash.
In the years since, they’ve grown into the 27,000-square-foot facility they currently operate (which they built out, because they’re also general contractors).
Now, nearly 30 years after turning their first lights on, the family pushes mouthwatering flavors ripe with candy and fruit terps out of a fully-vertical operation. Everything with the LAFF name is cultivated, washed, pressed, and rolled in-house. They even have their own distribution and delivery licenses (but no brick and mortar retail).
“We are a true single-source facility,” says Joe Katash, adding that they currently have 100 lights’ worth of future fresh frozen on the stalk.
As a self-funded family operation, they have a very small team – where a dedication to preserving the family name, is the game. Their attention to detail and focused control over their product is evident in the end result, every single time. When we tried their Zelicious Cold Cure Rosin, we had no choice but to feature it as our Concentrate of the Month.
A heavenly hash of Zkittles x Kush Mints, their resulting lovechild has a bit of a sweet tooth with blasts of candy and vine-ripened tropical fruit funk, plus a heady, vibrant effect. In cold cure rosin form, it’s a gorgeous pale and honey-gold hue, showcasing nostril-tingling aroma.
You’ll want to take gulping sips from your rig with this one.
The Zelicious is also available in LAFF’s in-house pre-roll, hash hole/donut line and whole flower. They also offer their own rosin pods, as well as 2g pre-rolls called Fusionz that blend two strains in ratios designed to produce specific flavor combinations and effects, and will be launching a solventless hash edibles line in early 2024.
We keep coming back to their cold cure. Keep your eye out for the Zelicious, but don’t sleep on the Zimosa (Zkittles x Mimosa), Tropical Z (Zkittles x Purple Planet) and Pineapple Fanta (Zkittles x Gelato from Greenfire Genetics). They’re also about to launch a flavor called Cinnamon Rolls for late fall … just in time for the holidays.
This article was originally published in the November 2023 issue of California Leaf.
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