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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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Fresh Turmeric Harvest Continues at Qualla Berry Farm

Posted 11/21/2015 10:45am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends, 

We have now sold out of Fresh Baby Ginger for 2015! Thanks so much to everyone who ordered this year.

We still have plenty of Fresh Turmeric and you may order using the order form on our website until we sell out, which we expect to be in early to mid December. We are mostly harvesting Hawaiian Red Turmeric (pictured below) and it is coming out of the ground with great color and nice sized rhizome pieces. We also are experimenting with small quantities of some other turmeric varieties which are interesting.

We have reprinted our turmeric and ginger cards which come with each order and we've updated the storage instructions. The back of the turmeric card has the recipe for Carla's Spice Paste and the ginger card has the recipe for making ginger or turmeric infusion or "tea" which can be made from frozen or fresh rhizomes. We will be posting scans of the cards on the website soon.

Remember to check our Facebook page for more photos and Karen's Turmeric Tales board on Pinterest for recipe ideas and links to turmeric and ginger information.

Thanks for your support! This has been our most successful crop so far and we're glad to be able to make it available to you.


John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904