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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:

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2015 Ends and 2016 Begins at Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 2/2/2016 9:59pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends:

After an incredibly long, warm, and rewarding harvest season, we are now sold out of both ginger and turmeric for the 2015 crop. And very soon our 2016 seed rhizomes will be arriving from Hawaii and we'll be starting all over again!


Late season harvesting, December 18 2015

It has been a real privilege to grow these amazing plants and to put the rhizomes in your hands. Thanks to everyone for your feedback, testimonials, and ideas for using ginger and turmeric.

Thanksgiving Candied Ginger!

And what a treat to see what Louise Langsner did with her blog featuring our turmeric and Carla's Spice Paste: (scroll down to the January 19 entry)

Our homemade Carla's Spice Paste packed into jars

This past weekend we were up in the snow at the high elevations in the Great Smokies, and this week we have been watching the woodcock buzzing in our field and doing its circling diving whistling courtship flight. Today there were frogs singing. It is a real turning time of the season as the days get longer and seed orders are made.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned for updates in the new growing season! about gardening classes from Karen!


Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm