For ten years, a peace-loving band of old-school hippies have explored their ambitions, projects, and passions in their own smoke-filled bubble in the Pacific Northwest. But now, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, newcomers have arrived to claim space in the quiet valleys next to the clear-flowing creeks and along the green mountainsides that the free-spirited hippies had once called home. Violence and death come with these large-scale growers, armed gangs, corrupt cops, and drug cartels who don’t mind declaring war to claim marijuana country as their own.
Grower’s Market pits old-school hippies against a new, profit-crazed generation to explore the changing culture surrounding the modern marijuana industry. Characters such as Sunbeam, a 1960s San Francisco hippie girl, and peace-seeking combat veterans who work in her restaurant—Shadow, Shrimp, Stones, Toon, and Shakespeare—drive the book forward at breakneck speed and give the reader an endearing glimpse into a unique subculture.
A Novel of Free Enterprise in Marijuana Country
6 February 2018
5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Michael Baughman was born in Buffalo and raised in western Pennsylvania and Hawaii. After college he served in the US Army in Germany, after which he returned to teach and write. He is the author of seven books. Baughman lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife of fifty years, children, and grandchildren.
"This dark, bizarrely comic novel about marijuana growers in the remote PNW is a valuable peek into a unique subculture and the turf wars that can emerge in a prohibitionist paradigm."--The Northwest Leaf
"In the tradition of John Steinbeck’s novels about West Coast down-and-outers (Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday), Michael Baughman’s Grower’s Market is the hilariously funny and deeply moving story of an ex-hippie girl with a golden heart and five unforgettable combat veterans turned marijuana growers. Ultimately, Grower’s Market is a story about the corruption of the American dream, by war and politics, and the hope that, even so, love and kindness can still live on in the human heart."--Howard Frank Mosher