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AdSams tries to take advantage of the growing cannabis market

The owners of a drive-thru eatery in Bassam on the Tonwanda Native American reservation are going from scratch-made buttermilk biscuits, sandwiches and baked goods to marijuana-infused treats.

Melissa and Ryan Adsme: Livin' La BiscuitLife

Melissa and Ryan Adsme at Biscuit Life in Bassam on the Tonwanda Native American Reservation.

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In May, Ryan and Melissa Edsme converted an initially Southern-style restaurant, BiscuitLife, into a nursery selling drive-thru marijuana plants. They recently added edibles to the menu and are now calling the business Cannabis Bakery and Nursery.

Two reasons led to the decision to change business models for the married couple, who met nearly a decade ago when Ryan was attending graduate school at the University of North Carolina.

First, the cost of food and fuel went up so much that they had to increase the prices of their product by about 50%. Ryan said that the reason for opening Biscuitlife would be the opposite, which was to provide basic, home-cooked meals that were inexpensive.

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Second, on the Tonawanda reservation, cannabis sales began last year, with about a dozen dispensaries opening in the fall, and then in the winter, another six to eight.

Starting a dispensary required a large upfront investment and connections to purchase cannabis—Adams had neither. Ryan said he felt like he was missing out on a big business opportunity.

He spoke to The News as he gave away free samples of food items as he prepared for the business’s official opening. It’s open Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with cupcakes and brownies for $25 each from Addams’ Homemade Marijuana Oil at the drive-thru location at 941 Bloomingdale Road. sale takes place.

“We figured, at this point, it was a while to get into dispensaries, so we thought of other creative ways to engage with cannabis,” he said.

BiscuitLife, which first opened in 2020, closed for the season in November after a second year in business, and then Adasmes announced it would not reopen in the spring as the same establishment.

There is no electricity on the property, so to run the Biscuitlife, it used three generators at once, as well as a propane tank to run the fryer. In addition, making biscuits from scratch required a trip to North Carolina to obtain the flour—and avoiding “astronomical” freight charges—as well as obtaining buttermilk from local Amish farms.

With Ryan having a botany degree, the couple began to think about how they could use what they knew for a different business venture. He began working full-time as an occupational therapist in November, but quit his job two weeks ago to focus on edibles.

Ryan, who has 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, said that making marijuana-infused treats feels like biscuitlife again. He and his wife do all the baking and shopping for the products. Melissa is now in remission after going through a long struggle with idiopathic intracranial hypertension – a condition that occurs when pressure inside the skull increases for no apparent reason – but she is unable to work a full-time job.

Right now, they are making “regular strength” foods and may add “extra strength” and eventually label products with more accurate milligram amounts, he said.

The business is being run in a trailer and an Amish shed on Ryan’s family land on the Tonwanda Reservation.

Some Native American tribes have outlawed the sale of cannabis, and some have worked with retailers on their reservations, while others have been handpicked. Ryan said the Tonawanda tribe has taken a laissez-faire approach, opening up a free market for the sale of cannabis.

Meanwhile, New York opens the application process to potential cannabis retailers as the Cannabis Control Board establishes rules for what is estimated to be a $4 billion industry in the state.

Addams has had several requests to continue making Melissa’s biscuits, but for now, the couple will focus on building a viable business in the cannabis industry.

Resurrection keeps busy in summer months

Resurgence Brewing Company has taken the show on the road once again this summer, as part of its Pints ​​in the Park popup chain and a new seasonal location in Delaware Park.

The 2022 schedule of selling beer with mobile trailers in parks throughout western New York began on June 3 at Cazenovia Park. It will continue on Fridays and Saturdays at Cazenovia Park as well.

Resurgence also opened a seasonal beer garden this summer as an extension of Pints ​​Inn Park at Delaware Park’s Parkside Lodge. “Resurrection in the Park” debuted in June and is open Thursday through Sunday. Resurgence operates a brewery and taproom at 55 Chicago St.

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