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Last Call for Turmeric 2015!

Posted 12/1/2015 9:37pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

Thanks to everyone for a great season! It's been a much warmer November this year which made our hoophouse management infinitely easier. Thank you Nature for warmer temperatures, but now the rain can stop.

Last call for ordering Fresh Turmeric. We will take orders this week until we finish the harvest.  Order now if you want fresh Clay County grown organic Turmeric. We found three pounds of turmeric put in freezer per person gives you fresh daily tea all year. After making "tea", we store the leftover bits in fridge to be used all week added to eggs, soups, smoothies, and stir fry.

We have now posted our updated Ginger Card and Turmeric Card which include our best suggestions for storage, the recipe for Ginger Tea which works exactly the same for Turmeric Tea, and a revised recipe for Carla's Spice Paste which gives you a range of garlic amounts to add to suit different tastes.  

It's about time to put the beds to sleep for the winter with mulch and cover crops. December darkness is here and the cold will not be far behind. Our crowns have been stored inside to go through their dormant cycle before they sprout again in the spring. And we have already ordered next year's seed rhizomes from Hawaii so Spring can't be too far off!

Blessings of the Season to all of you and we wish you a happy and healthy Winter.


Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

PS Check out Karen's first batch of Candied Ginger! See our Facebook Page for the recipe.