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 10/14/2018 8:18am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Hi Folks-

We'll be open again today from 11 am to 4 pm for on-farm sales of Fresh Baby Ginger and turmeric and ginger plants. We have some finished ginger already bagged and will also have fresh dug field washed whole plants available today.

We are continuing to take orders for both Fresh Baby Ginger and Fresh Turmeric on the website and will begin harvesting turmeric around November 3!

Thanks,

John and Karen

Posted 10/10/2018 9:49pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends-

Fall greetings from Qualla Berry Farm! We have begun the Fresh Baby Ginger Harvest! The Ginger has lovely pink bud scales on it now which is how we know it's ready.

Our ginger and turmeric  have grown well this season and we will have a fantastic crop of each this fall. We are taking orders for both now and will begin filling Turmeric orders in November. We also have Bubba Blue Ginger plant starts for sale as well as Hawaiian Red, Black, BBK, and Indira Yellow Turmeric plants in pots and flats. The plants will need a warm space for overwinter protection and will give a good start for year round container growing or a head start on 2019 plants.

Karen, Annie, and John on a hot summer day in the hoophouse

This season we are offering the option of purchasing whole field-washed plants where you will do the final trimming, washing, and curing at home and the field-washed produce will be priced per bunch (the photo below shows what field washed Yellow Hawaiian Ginger looks like). We will be emailing updates on hours for on-farm direct sales and we will start with hours of 11AM till 4 PM this Saturday Oct 13 and Sunday Oct 14 for plant sales and field-washed ginger bunches

We will also offer our usual washed/cured/gift bagged orders for fresh ginger and turmeric as in past years. Please note that we will no longer have pickups in Brasstown as John retired from the Folk School September 1 of this year! 155 Murphy St, Young Harris and Qualla Berry Farm are the options to choose from on the order form for order pickup.

Please see our calendar for information about a special class we are offering with our friend Patricia Kyritsi Howell at the NE Georgia Food Bank Teaching Kitchen in Clayton, GA. The class will be next Tuesday Oct 16 from 6-8 PM and is titled "Everything you need to Know About Turmeric and Ginger".Patricia will cover cooking and usage and we will share what we knowing about growing and propagating the plants. More information at: https://wildhealingherbs.com/class/everything-you-need-to-know-about-turmeric-and-ginger/  Registration costs $30 which benefits the Food Bank.

Fresh Field Washed Yellow Hawaiian Ginger "on the hoof"

New photos have been posted in our gallery with the status of our plants this fall. There is also a picture of how close the lava flow in Hawaii got to our supplier, Puna Organics! They have made it through the volcano and the hurricane safely and expect to be able to fill orders this winter.

Join our mailing list to receive updates as the season progresses and changes for news about farm open houses, market appearances, and other events. We will be working this year to help interested home growers and small farmers discover the magic of the plant family Zingiberaceae.

Happy October to All!

Karen and John

Posted 12/2/2017 8:00pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

December 2, 2017--We are still taking orders for Fresh Turmeric! Harvest season for the Baby Ginger is over as we are sold out after the orders received November 14. Turmeric harvest will continue into December. Thanks to everyone who has ordered so far this season!  We have sold Fresh Turmeric the last two Saturdays at Asheville City Market! Thanks to everyone who purchased turmeric from us there and thanks to ASAP for hosting us at the Market. It was good to connect with some old and new Asheville friends.

We will be making a special appearance at the Brasstown Farmers Market site tomorrow (Sunday Dec 3) just down the road from the Fireside Sale at the Folk School. We will have both ready-to-use turmeric and field washed bunches for sale. Look for us in parking lot across from Pam's wonderful shop full of treasures... Silva Gallery in Brasstown.  from 10AM till 3PM or until we sell out of our stock on hand. We will have available a bit of adolescent bubba blue ginger, and some of our short reserve of mango turmeric, Indira yellow turmeric, and some rare black turmeric to celebrate the holidays.   We will also be at the 2nd annual Farm Services Expo this Thursday, December 7th from 9-3:30 at TriCounty Community College Enloe building with a lot of plants and turmeric rhizomes. 

New photos have been posted in our gallery as of December 2, 2017! And watch for videos and postings on our facebook page at Qualla Berry Farm.

We have a limited amount of Sourwood and Spring Wildflower Honey from our bees this year and it will be available tomorrow and also for delivery along with turmeric orders or separately until we run out.

We still have many extra turmeric plants which may be overwintered in a warm place to give you a good jump on growing your own next year either in garden beds or in containers. Turmeric does well in the ground or in containers as long as it's brought into a warm space for the winter. 

Also the Edible Asheville magazine featuring our farm is on the newsstands now. Watch for it in the holiday issue on spices!

Join our mailing list to receive updates as the harvest progresses and changes for news about farm open houses, market appearances, and other events. We will be teaching next year and helping interested home growers and small farmers discover the magic of the plant family Zingiberaceae.

 

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