About Local Food

Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website: www.buyappalachian.org



Spring is starting to Spring 2021! 

We are looking forward to a better year and recovery from the pandemic.

Thanks to everyone who ordered turmeric and ginger this past fall and winter!

 See winter photos posted to our gallery from the 2020 season.

The cold wet winter has given us challenges in protecting our overwintered turmeric and keeping soil temperatures as warm as possible in all kinds of ways. Our new seed rhizomes arrive from Hawaii in late March. We're looking forward to harvesting fresh ginger and turmeric this fall, starting in October 2021. If you're on our mailing list you'll get updates.

Winter Aconites blooming Feb 2021

Merry White Christmas 2020!

Annie helping with winter turmeric harvesting

BKK Turmeric planted in the garden, October 2020

Thanks to everyone who ordered fresh rhizomes last year. It was great to see the interest in the "other" turmeric varieties: Black, Indira Yellow, White Mango, and BKK.


2020 was a different year on our farm--the coronavirus changes things. We've been enjoying our time sequestered on the farm and have gotten a lot of work done. But we missed seeing our customers and did most of our sales with contact free drop points for everyone's safety. (Thanks to Robert and Donna who made Kula available as a pickup location). 

Hopefully in 2021 things will open up and we can do some classes and on-farm events in the summer. We are on the waiting list for vaccinations and hope everyone gets theirs as soon as possible when it's your turn.


It's still our hope that we can teach folks about Growing and Using Turmeric and Ginger again this year.  And to all of you who support your local farmers and their wild hopes and dreams of a sustainable, kind, healthy world with good food for all, thank you thank you thank you. 

Fresh Hawaiian Red Turmeric