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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: www.buyappalachian.org

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Qualla Berry Farm Update--No Fall U-Pick in 2012

Posted 10/9/2012 9:03pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Once again this year we are dealing with the same pest which destroyed most of our fall crop last year, the Spotted Wing Drosophila.

The fruit flies have again created a major loss of our raspberry crop and we have been unable to offer U-Pick this fall 2012. We are using apple cider vinegar traps to monitor the level of infestation and we are finding damage in nearly all of the ripe berries. We have used some organic insecticidal sprays with very limited success. We are still trying to learn if there is an effective way to control the fruit flies but so far we have not had much luck.

We wish we had better news to report but unfortunately this is the reality of life in the age of SWD. It is a game changer for all fruit growers.

Thanks to all of you for your support over the years. Our U-Pick started in 2001 and it has been a pleasure to make the acquaintance of so many nice folks who love raspberries as we do. Let's hope for a miracle!

Thanks, John & Karen