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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

News and Blog

Karen and John's Blogs
Posted 11/21/2017 8:01am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

We are so grateful for our honeybees. We first started with bees in 1997 when we got them to pollinate our raspberries. There have been some ups and downs with bears and mites but we have learned a lot thanks to some great mentors including the bees themselves. We have two strong hives and except for a few rainy days during sourwood season it's been a good year. We are offering limited quantities of Spring Wildflower and Sourwood Honey to folks on our mailing list.

Prices are as follows (net weights in ounces):

Spring Wildflower                         24 oz   $12

Spring Wildflower                          10 oz   $6

Sourwood                                       6 oz   $6

Sourwood                                     12 oz  $12

Sourwood with Cut Comb Chunk    11 oz   $14

We don't have a separate order form for honey so just email us at jkqualla@frontier.com to inquire. We can include honey with turmeric deliveries. We will post here as the different size jars start to sell out.

Posted 11/20/2017 9:17pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Friends-

It's Thanksgiving and as it happens every year, we are entering Chapter Two of our season. The Baby Ginger is now SOLD OUT for the season (except for a few pending orders-thanks for your patience!) and our Fresh Turmeric is just entering its PEAK SEASON.

We have a lot of turmeric still to harvest and we are taking orders on our website as usual for cleaned and packaged fresh rhizomes.

We are also traveling to the Big City this Saturday November 25th for a visit to Asheville City Market, so Asheville friends come see us there! We can bring pre-bagged orders along but will mostly be selling washed bunches and small sampler bags. This is especially fun since we are featured in the current issue of Edible Asheville magazine!

And--more Breaking News--we have a limited amount of Qualla Berry Farm Honey which is now available for sale. Our bees blessed us with a nice harvest of Spring Wildflower and Sourwood Honey and we have it in 6oz to 24oz jars (with fantastic labels produced by Signs Fast). We can deliver honey along with turmeric orders until we run out. The Honey price list will be posted on our website.

 

So we hope to hear from you or see you soon. We have an especially nice crop of Turmeric this year and we're glad to share this health giving and beautiful plant with all of you!

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Posted 10/16/2017 9:03pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends-

The telltale pink bud scales have shown up and our Fresh Baby Ginger is ready to come out of the ground! We are now taking orders via our website order form and can begin delivery and pick up this Friday, October 20th. We have already received some eager beaver orders and can finally begin to fill them. So thank you for letters, phone calls, and support...y'all make our farm endeavor succeed and we are grateful. We are gearing up to bring you the best ginger and turmeric ever, including plants for those who have a green thumb and like to garden or farm.

Our plants are very healthy and have put on exceptional growth this season. We expect the Fresh Turmeric will be ready toward mid-November and will be updating you as that time gets closer. Meanwhile if you wish to order both you can enter both on your order form and we will work out pickup times with you by email or phone. Remember that both ginger and turmeric freeze well and also can be kept at room temperature for 3-4 weeks without losing their fresh character (they do not keep well at all in the refrigerator, however we made fresh spice paste and added some organic Bragg's vinegar on top of it, and our spice paste kept all year in the fridge like pickles, very convenient to add to our food for busy meal prep).

We do expect an even bigger harvest than in past years so feel free to forward this notice to friends who may be interested in our products and encourage them to add themselves to our mailing list at www.quallaberryfarm.com.

We are excited about the harvest and looking forward to hearing from you! More photos and some videos can be found on our Facebook page, Qualla Berry Farm. And share with us your ways and benefits of using your ginger and turmeric so we can create a wave of information to help one another in our journeys of health and good food.

Thanks,

John Clarke and Karen Hurtubise,

Qualla Berry Farm, Hayesville, NC

Posted 7/29/2017 11:58pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Folks-

We have been making tea and otherwise preparing for tomorrow's event and things look good around the hoop houses. We have a strong crop of ginger and turmeric coming on to show you, and we have an assortment of plants for sale for those of you who would like to try growing at home.

Come see us between 1 and 5 PM Sunday afternoon July 30 and we will have cold turmeric-ginger lemonade on ice!

Here's our tentative pricing/availability list:

Plants: Gingers--Bubba Blue and Yellow Hawaiian; Turmerics--Hawaiian Red, Black, White Mango, Indira Yellow, BKK. Also limited amounts of Ka Chai Dom, Galangal, and Lemongrass.

Sizes/Prices: Single plants in 4" pots, $9. Large plants in 1 gal pots, $19. Flats with 2 lbs rhizomes sprouted and ready for planting, $39. 3 gal pots with multiple plants, $39-49. Large pots with "Ginger Jungles" , $59. Checks or cash only please, we aren't set up for credit cards.

We will have handouts with basic growing instructions. These plants are tough and fairly easy to grow as long as you can bring them inside during cold weather.

We'll look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 3274 Qualla Rd, Hayesville!

Photos below. Oh, and look us up on Facebook (Qualla Berry Farm) for a video of Karen showing the plants.

Karen and John

Posted 7/23/2017 8:50pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

Come see us for a Farm Open House and Plant Sale at Qualla Berry Farm this Sunday, July 30th 2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm! Our Ginger and Turmeric crop is growing along nicely in the hoop house and in various outdoor double dug beds on our farm. We expect to have another strong harvest this fall. These tropical perennial plants of the Zingiberaceae family are among some of the oldest in spice and medicinal cultivation. Both ginger and turmeric have been a big ole blessing and continue to inspire us with their adaptable nature and longevity. They persist and are tough survivors...our kind of plants! From Asia to Hawaii to the Southern USA, we have found a crop that grows and thrives in our Western NC mountains.

And if you have any interest in growing your own for harvest, now is the time to get some fabulous plant starts that we have been growing and ran out of room to plant on our farm. We have five kinds of turmeric...red, black, white, yellow, and a limited supply of the extra strength curcumin laden BKK variety.  We have a lot of turmeric plants and some ginger.

So, we are holding a Qualla Berry Farm Open House and Plant Sale this Sunday, July 30 from 1:00-5:00 PM. We will have plants of this wonderful Zingiberaceae family for sale, maybe even a wee bit of galangal available. Also, if you want a super deal on buying some overgrown tomato plant starts, we have some delicious varieties. There is still time to plant and get some fall tomatoes to harvest, thanks to our long growing season.

Even if you don't want to grow your own, stop by for some of our famous ginger turmeric lemonade which we now drink everyday. We love it! You will  see how the turmeric and ginger plants are growing in midsummer. We will be available to answer questions and visit with you and will have basic instructions for how to grow, harvest, and maintain your plants in the garden or in pots. The leaves are fragrant and are used to wrap and cook food to impart a special seasoning. Lots to learn in the culinary department...we still have our spice paste in the fridge and vinegar with ginger and turmeric rhizome bits leftover from making our tea.

Feel free to forward this message to any growers who might have an interest in growing these crops. We will be happy to help folks get growing.

Sincerely,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

828-389-3551

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

 

 

 

Posted 3/30/2017 10:13am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We have our ginger and turmeric pre sprouting inside for the 2017 season! More news and updates soon about our expanded hoop house beds and our expected crop for this fall...

We wanted to make sure you know about a few events in the next two weeks:

Karen will be teaching a class on growing the Zingiberaceae family plants (turmeric, Ginger, and galangal) this Saturday at the NC arboretum near Asheville: https://4020a.blackbaudhosting.com/4020a/SP-17-Zingiberaceae-Growing-Ginger-Turmeric-and-Galangal-in-Appalachia

And Karen will be teaching her Growing Great Tomatoes class at John C Campbell Folk School the weekend of April 7-9. There is still space and remember that local tuition is half price. See listing at www.folkschool.org.

Also, there is a wonderful storytelling event taking place locally at Young Harris College with world class storytellers including folk musician John McCutcheon! See https://www.facebook.com/events/1514669371907232/ 

Thanks,

John & Karen

Posted 11/20/2016 10:02am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Folks-

We are sold out of Fresh Ginger for this season but still have plenty of Fresh Turmeric for sale. You may order turmeric using our website order form: http://www.quallaberryfarm.com/form/ginger-and-turmeric-order-form 

Thanks to everyone who has ordered this season and people with pending orders please be patient.

We're working now on protecting everything from the cold and harvesting and getting orders out as quick as we can.

Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving!

John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

Posted 10/27/2016 11:25am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.
'Hi Friends,
A reminder about our Qualla Berry Farm Field Day Open House, Hayesville, North Carolina from noon til 4:00 pm Saturday, 
October 29th, 2016. Yall come, we rarely have time to show people around and Saturday is the day! Enjoy turmeric and ginger tea with us, visit, ask questions, and see how the crops grow.
 At 1:00 we will be listening and learning with Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird of Quantum Agriculture. The Merry Prepstirs will be bringing Biodynamic preps and will explain how a Biodynamic farmer thinks about agriculture. They will share their know how of mixing and application of preps here at the farm and on your gardens and yards for best results. This is a very special free gift from them to our farm and community. Come share the delight of plants, learn about ginger and turmeric for flavor and health, and have fun on the farm!'
Hi Friends,
A reminder about our Qualla Berry Farm Field Day Open House, Hayesville, North Carolina from noon til 4:00 pm Saturday, 
October 29th, 2016. Yall come, we rarely have time to show people around and Saturday is the day! Enjoy turmeric and ginger tea and sample pumpkin turmeric and roasted tomato dips with us, visit, ask questions, and see how the crops grow.
At 1:00 we will be listening and learning with Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird of Quantum Agriculture. The Merry Prepstirs will be bringing Biodynamic preps and will explain how a Biodynamic farmer thinks about agriculture. They will share their know how of mixing and application of preps here at the farm and on your gardens and yards for best results. This is a very special free gift from them to our farm and community. Come share the delight of plants, learn about ginger and turmeric for flavor and health, and have fun on the farm! RSVP via email or messenger Facebook if possible just so we have a general head count for enough stuff.
Autumn Blessings,
Karen and John
 
Qualla Berry Farm 
3274 Qualla Road
Hayesville, NC 28904
jkqualla@frontier.com
Posted 10/20/2016 9:36pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

It's Harvest Time! We have begun digging Fresh Ginger and we are taking orders for the 2016 season. The Fresh Turmeric harvest will begin around Halloween. Longer time spent in the ground allows for developing more of the orange color signaling the curcumin in the turmeric rhizomes. 

New photos have been posted in our gallery as of October 18! Here is the big hoop house ready for harvest as of today:

We'll be harvesting Fresh Baby Ginger through October and November and Fresh Turmeric through November and December 2016. Both are still priced as they were last year, $16 per pound (check or cash). We have found that 5 pounds of each is our year's household supply for tea and for cooking.

Please join our mailing list to receive updates as the harvest progresses and for news about farm open houses, market appearances, and other events.

We invite you to a special Biodynamic Field Day afternoon on Saturday October 29th from 1:00 to 4:00pm with The Merry Prepstirs, Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird of Quantum Agriculture fame. They will share with us how to use biodynamic soil preps and we will spread them on Qualla Berry Farm. They will share best soil practices for growing our turmeric and ginger and all garden crops. This is their gift to our community so come for free and enjoy a visit to Qualla Berry Farm to see what's growing in Autumn. Please RSVP to jkqualla@frontier.com if you are coming so we have enough buckets and supplies.

We look forward to hearing from you and are gearing up for harvest time and sharing these delicious and healing plant rhizomes with you!

There are links below to the order forms, our email address for RSVP of October 29th Merry Prepstirs Biodynamic Field Day, and a link to access our website. We continue to work and improve our communication and online skills.  Growing and harvesting crops has been first priority. We greatly appreciate your support and kindness.

Big Thanks,

John Clarke and Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com (RSVP for Biodynamic Field Day)

www.quallaberryfarm.com

Click on these links to our website:

For a ginger and turmeric online order form

To see our photo gallery

To join our mailing list

 

Posted 8/16/2016 6:37am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

We have had just enough rain, drip irrigation, and shade cloth to get our plants through this hot summer and we have really nice looking Ginger and Turmeric. We expect to have plenty of product and we will be harvesting Fresh Ginger beginning mid-October and Fresh Turmeric beginning early November. New photos have been posted on our website and on our Facebook page.

We will be presenting "Growing Ginger and Turmeric" at the Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville this Saturday August 20 at 2 PM so join us if you can. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming plant sale! We will notify you of the details.

Hope you all are staying cool and we look forward to getting you fresh rhizomes during the harvest season this fall!

Thanks,

Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904

jkqualla@frontier.com

www.quallaberryfarm.com

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