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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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Summertime 2017 Qualla Berry Farm...and July 30th Sunday PLANT SALE

Posted 7/23/2017 8:50pm by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Dear Friends,

Come see us for a Farm Open House and Plant Sale at Qualla Berry Farm this Sunday, July 30th 2017 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm! Our Ginger and Turmeric crop is growing along nicely in the hoop house and in various outdoor double dug beds on our farm. We expect to have another strong harvest this fall. These tropical perennial plants of the Zingiberaceae family are among some of the oldest in spice and medicinal cultivation. Both ginger and turmeric have been a big ole blessing and continue to inspire us with their adaptable nature and longevity. They persist and are tough survivors...our kind of plants! From Asia to Hawaii to the Southern USA, we have found a crop that grows and thrives in our Western NC mountains.

And if you have any interest in growing your own for harvest, now is the time to get some fabulous plant starts that we have been growing and ran out of room to plant on our farm. We have five kinds of turmeric...red, black, white, yellow, and a limited supply of the extra strength curcumin laden BKK variety.  We have a lot of turmeric plants and some ginger.

So, we are holding a Qualla Berry Farm Open House and Plant Sale this Sunday, July 30 from 1:00-5:00 PM. We will have plants of this wonderful Zingiberaceae family for sale, maybe even a wee bit of galangal available. Also, if you want a super deal on buying some overgrown tomato plant starts, we have some delicious varieties. There is still time to plant and get some fall tomatoes to harvest, thanks to our long growing season.

Even if you don't want to grow your own, stop by for some of our famous ginger turmeric lemonade which we now drink everyday. We love it! You will  see how the turmeric and ginger plants are growing in midsummer. We will be available to answer questions and visit with you and will have basic instructions for how to grow, harvest, and maintain your plants in the garden or in pots. The leaves are fragrant and are used to wrap and cook food to impart a special seasoning. Lots to learn in the culinary department...we still have our spice paste in the fridge and vinegar with ginger and turmeric rhizome bits leftover from making our tea.

Feel free to forward this message to any growers who might have an interest in growing these crops. We will be happy to help folks get growing.


Karen Hurtubise and John Clarke

Qualla Berry Farm

3274 Qualla Rd

Hayesville, NC 28904