SunMed: Growth is in our DNA.
In 2002, Jake Van Wingerden, a third-generation greenhouse grower, purchased 45 acres of land in Earleville, Maryland which became Tidal Creek Growers. Tidal Creek annually produces over 8 million bedding plants like petunias, marigolds, and poinsettias for distribution to garden centers like Lowe’s and Home Depot across the country.
In 2018, SunMed Growers was born. Rooted in passion, experience, and innovation, Van Wingerden built SunMed from the ground up, cultivating the safest, most affordable medical cannabis with the family’s "Dutch-style” greenhouse technologies – the same used in successful commercial greenhouses around the world, including Tidal Creek. Leveraging the power of the sun, SunMed’s medical cannabis delivers the robust terpene and cannabinoid profiles found in outdoor cultivation, with the precision and control of an indoor grow. SunMed’s hybrid greenhouse produces premium bud at a lower cost while reducing our carbon footprint.
At end of SunMed’s first year of operation, the facility was home to 30 employees and 60,000 sq. ft. of grow space. Today, SunMed is home to more than 150 employees and nearly 200,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art greenhouse technology. After an $18 million expansion in 2019 that tripled the size of our facilities, SunMed is once again under construction to double in size – making us the largest cultivator in Maryland, among the largest on the East Coast.
In 2021, SunMed Growers acquired a processing license to become a vertically integrated cannabis manufacturer. In December of the same year, SunMed Labs made its debut in Maryland’s marketplace. Now, in addition to our signature sun-grown medicine, SunMed Labs offers an entirely new line of live and cured resin batters, sugars, diamonds, and vapes. Growth is a mindset at SunMed, and plans are underway to add edibles and infused products to our robust product line when construction of a new 50,000 sq. ft. stand-alone lab facility comes online by mid-2022.
Our greenhouses cultivate clean medicine packed with rich terpenes and complex flavor profiles only found in cannabis grown under full-spectrum sunlight. Equipped with the most advanced technology – and the most committed team - in the industry, our flowers receive optimal natural light transmission and some old-fashioned TLC to craft the best medicine under the sun – literally. Our facilities allow for precise control of the natural elements while eliminating the environmental impacts associated with indoor cultivation.
Unique from most, our homemade growing media is created in-house from a proprietary coconut coir blend to ensure the healthy growth of our plants. This light and airy base facilitates the free movement of water and moisture throughout the soil, allowing our plants to breathe properly. Our proprietary basket pots keep our plant roots healthy and allow for continued nourishment as they grow under full-spectrum, natural sunlight.