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

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July Raspberry Update

Posted 7/21/2012 8:59pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Raspberry plants are looking strong and the rain has helped everything.  We are back from the Oregon Country Fair where we help run a food booth featuring tempeh burgers, vegan philly cheese and tofricken sandwiches, corn dogs, vegan donuts, coffee, and herb tea.  Its called The Vegan Truckstop has been something we have done since 1987 with our friends.  Our hope is for August raspberries to ripen and outmanuever the Drosophila suzuki fruit fly which does not like the heat.  Unfortunately, our raspberries arent so keen on heat either so this is an experiment.  They are blooming nicely. Thank you to everyone who keeps asking about the berries but we dont have any right now. 

We had zero mulberries, sour cherries, and very few blueberries due to the late frost.